I was very impressed with the overclocking abilities of the A8N32-SLI Deluxe. Simply put, this is the BEST nForce 4-based board for overclocking I have ever had the pleasure of using. It was rock solid stable in all our testing. I was able to push it to a healthy 330MHz FSB without difficulty."
Dated January 30, 2006. HardOCP has tested all the DFI's as well.
The top DFI board is $200 on Newegg, the the Asus is $230. $30 isn't much of a difference when looking for the best.
Burn, I'm just quoting HardOCP. They are pretty credible when it comes to testing.
Also the Asus has 8 Phase power and passive heatpipe cooling (and external sata raid with 5 sata ports total). The DFI LANPARTY UT nF4 SLI-DR Expert has 4 phase power and active fan cooling, with four sata ports.
Hmm. The DFI has more USB and has firewire, plus more pci slots, i'm not sure. I'll never go SLI most likey, the ASUS looks just as cool as the DFI and I know it probably will have less issues. I need convincing for either argument.
So basically, the DFI has one more slot; a x4 and a x1 PCI whereas the Asus combines them. Have you seen any x4 or x1 devices on the market? I haven't (except maybe a wireless nic card and the asus also has a model with built in wireless nic, DFI doesn't).
I am an Asus Fan Boy of sorts--All of my rigs are Asus based--I (used to) like the BIOS configuration, they are the big name in mobos really, I like the 8 phase on that particular board, and if you are going to build an over-the-top gaming rig full x16 would be about right.
I can't see buying that technology just now because 1) it is no longer cutting edge but it's still got a premium price tag 2) newer chipsets for yet unreleased processors are pending 3) current prices for mobos like the A8n32sli will soon start falling when the latest greatest comes out.
Waiting a few month will provide either additional savings for that particular mobo, or a slew of brand new boards to drool over... it's a win, win situatiuon.
Well, I'm not really planning on going AM2 an time soon, as the DDR2 prices are going to rise, and the price tag for the AM2 processors is going to be a very lot..I'm mostly likey gona stick with s939 for a while.
I always wonder why people say "wait a few months till the newer tech is out". do they not realize that in a few months something else will be around the corner? You have to at some point bite the bullet and buy, budget allowing what you find fits your needs. No computer hardware is future proof.
Its a sad sad truth. Have a kickass system you didn't lose an arm for, or have bragging rights that you are on the bleeding edge, for a couple months. Personally, I would choose the former, though I don't have the budget for either, haha.
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