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Going to buy one of these in the near future, want some advice and not an e-peen thread war. Have the desire to crossfire (effectively, with two x16s), hence these boards. Also, I need a high TDP board so that I may OC. The biostar has a 4+2 phase control while I believe the asus has 6+2. Not sure if that really makes a difference.

Does anyone know if either of these companies will release BIOS to support the bulldozer, specifically BIOS for either of these? Any other reasons to buy/not buy them? I've heard good things about both companies but never had a board from them.

Are there any compatibility issues with these boards? Including ram, etc.
    
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Going to buy one of these in the near future, want some advice and not an e-peen thread war. Have the desire to crossfire (effectively, with two x16s), hence these boards. Also, I need a high TDP board so that I may OC. The biostar has a 4+2 phase control while I believe the asus has 6+2. Not sure if that really makes a difference.

Does anyone know if either of these companies will release BIOS to support the bulldozer, specifically BIOS for either of these? Any other reasons to buy/not buy them? I've heard good things about both companies but never had a board from them.

Are there any compatibility issues with these boards? Including ram, etc.
The Biostar has a VERY HIGH Quality 4+2 phase, so don't be afraid of that. It OCs like a beast too.

HOWEVER, as far as I know from contacting Biostar, they will NOT be releasing AM3+ Bios for AM3 boards. ASUS has one for that board however.

If you were doing e-peen benchmarks with an x6, I'd go with the Biostar.

If you want a bit more future proofing, go with the ASUS.
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The biostar holds many world records.
It's a really great 4+2 phase.
    
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I see I see. Well seeing as I don't have an x6, that makes me think I wouldn't be able to epeen with one. That sort of narrows it down for me, since I am going to hold onto my x3 a little longer and wait for bulldozer, and hopefully by then I will have saved up some dough so I can buy one. Speaking of which, this might be a silly question, but has anyone made predictions on the price of these puppies? I know AMD is pretty competitive with prices. Just wondering.
    
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Or maybe it'd just be a better bet to get the biostar and snag an x6 when they get cheap later this year? I mean, the thing is such a good price, and if it is high quality as some are saying, then it might be a much better investment.
    
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Or maybe it'd just be a better bet to get the biostar and snag an x6 when they get cheap later this year? I mean, the thing is such a good price, and if it is high quality as some are saying, then it might be a much better investment.
Depends, bulldozer might be worth the extra money.
It's a might.
Don't get x6s now for gaming because Sandy Bridge owns it.

of the two i would get the asus, but I like this board more if it fits in your budget
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128441
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OP, if you wait a bit longer, AM3+ boards are starting to show up on Newegg. It won't be much longer that there's a selection apart from 2 ASRock boards.
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OP, if you wait a bit longer, AM3+ boards are starting to show up on Newegg. It won't be much longer that there's a selection apart from 2 ASRock boards.
Yep.
If you can't wait just get a SB rig.
    
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Yep.
If you can't wait just get a SB rig.
That too.
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who or what is SB? pardon my ignorance.
    
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