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Pankeleonn 06-07-2003 08:32 PM

Computer Builders!!!
 
I just got myself a nice little 3ghz 800 mhz fbs cpu and now im trying to get the BEST mother board out there that can take this puppy to the limit.

Anyone know of a good motherboard? I have an Intel D875PBZLK

http://www.intel.com/design/motherbd...herbd_d875pbz&

But i heard some rumors that this board isn't the best. I generally like keeping everything intel but if there is an asus board or msi board or whatever that's better please let me know...

Any ideas?

Panidwen 06-07-2003 09:25 PM

Cool
 
I have had 3 Asus Boards. Never had trouble with them. I did have some issues when I built my curret machine but their CS told me some Intel Specific Drivers to download and it fixed it.

Right now I have the Asus P4T533R-UAY board. Pretty nice supports the new hyper thread Intel chips etc. Also supports rambus memory which is a little different then DDR.

Basically what it boils down too is how much money you wish to spend. Try reading up on some reviews and such.

Panidwen

Tuan00Dorf 06-07-2003 09:30 PM

Gigabyte 8KNXP board is defeinitly the best in my opinion and has lots of toys. I just got mine in last week for $227 at googlegear.com

http://www.giga-byte.com/MotherBoard...s_GA-8KNXP.htm

Anandtech's review here - http://www.anandtech.com/mb/showdoc.html?i=1813

You'll want to get the non-Ultra version (unless you want the SCSI; ultra board is quite a bit more money).

Just to point out a few nice things about it compared to other boards
- 6 dimm slots
- 4 onboard ATA ports (also has builtin ATA RAID 0/1)
- 4 onboard SATA ports (also has builtin SATA RAID 0/1)
- Intel PRO/1000CT Gigabit LAN (CSA bus)
- 1394 Firewire
- Dual bios (for a backup/restore)
- Dual Power System (supposibly better stability when overclocking)

Those are just the features that I found the Gigabyte board in addition to all the standard stuff other boards have. It also has onboard audio (I think it's a 3.1 system, havn't used it).

I am very pleased with it. Just an FYI the ram I purchased for mine is two of the Corsair CMX512-3200C2PT 512mb ram, that has the 2.0 CAS latency (Think it's 2.5 when in pair, still pretty good)

I also purchased a Maxtor Diamondmaxplus Serail ATA 150 80gb drive. The performance on the SATA drive is great. It outperforms the RAID 1 on my old machine of 2 maxtor 7200rpm ATA133 drives by about 20% in general from some different bnechmarks. Although it did great on a random copy test, 20mb/sec compared to 9mb/sec on my old ones. I was thinking of going with the Seagate Raptor SATA drive, but it only comes in 37gb, so not enough space really. I'll probably pickup another maxtor drive and throw these on a RAID 1, that should be some great performance.

Anyway, overall the Gigabyte board has the toys and I love it, highly recommend it.

Chiteng 06-07-2003 09:36 PM

Quote:

Originally posted by Tuan00Dorf
Gigabyte 8KNXP board is defeinitly the best in my opinion and has lots of toys. I just got mine in last week for $227 at googlegear.com

http://www.giga-byte.com/MotherBoard...s_GA-8KNXP.htm

Anandtech's review here - http://www.anandtech.com/mb/showdoc.html?i=1813

You'll want to get the non-Ultra version (unless you want the SCSI; ultra board is quite a bit more money).

Just to point out a few nice things about it compared to other boards
- 6 dimm slots
- 4 onboard ATA ports (also has builtin ATA RAID 0/1)
- 4 onboard SATA ports (also has builtin SATA RAID 0/1)
- Intel PRO/1000CT Gigabit LAN (CSA bus)
- 1394 Firewire
- Dual bios (for a backup/restore)
- Dual Power System (supposibly better stability when overclocking)

Those are just the features that I found the Gigabyte board in addition to all the standard stuff other boards have. It also has onboard audio (I think it's a 3.1 system, havn't used it).

I am very pleased with it. Just an FYI the ram I purchased for mine is two of the Corsair CMX512-3200C2PT 512mb ram, that has the 2.0 CAS latency (Think it's 2.5 when in pair, still pretty good)

I also purchased a Maxtor Diamondmaxplus Serail ATA 150 80gb drive. The performance on the SATA drive is great. It outperforms the RAID 1 on my old machine of 2 maxtor 7200rpm ATA133 drives by about 20% in general from some different bnechmarks. Although it did great on a random copy test, 20mb/sec compared to 9mb/sec on my old ones. I was thinking of going with the Seagate Raptor SATA drive, but it only comes in 37gb, so not enough space really. I'll probably pickup another maxtor drive and throw these on a RAID 1, that should be some great performance.

Anyway, overall the Gigabyte board has the toys and I love it, highly recommend it.

Pricey...

Pankeleonn 06-07-2003 09:37 PM

holy shit dorf thats like a server MB

6 friggin ram slots that's nuts

Anyone know about the ASUS p4p's and p4c's? I hear these boards are nice and can overclock easily.

Windzer 06-08-2003 01:43 AM

get the asus p4p800

http://www6.tomshardware.com/motherb...603/index.html

turns into a rather nice motherboard

Windzer 06-08-2003 01:43 AM

whoopsie

Vaalik 06-08-2003 07:59 PM

Have run a very successful business for several years now.
I have NEVER had a problem with any Asus motherboards. I won't say much more in case some idiot from one of my vendors reads it and freaks on me. What I will say is that there are no other vendors out there that I can say that about.

-V

Azraelwrath 06-08-2003 09:19 PM

First off I wouldn't get an 800mhz CPU but thats just me:rolleyes:

Asus is considered the best in making motherboards. The only thing bad about them is their customer service when a MB stops working. When you send it in for the first time, they will send the exact same MB back to you without doing anything to it for the first 2 weeks. This has happened to like 4 people I know. Then it goes back and forth and if it does get fixed it will take quite some time.

ex-necro 06-08-2003 09:31 PM

I sell a lot of Asus boards, simply becase they're rock solid right out of the box. It can be tough to find the exact configuration you want on their boards though, and if you're looking at boards with all of the latest cutting edge stuff they're going to fall short.

Personally I run Gigabyte boards on my home systems. They're not as simple as the Asus products, but with a little work they outperform everything else I've ever tried and come loaded with all of the toys. I had bad luck with them early on, but everything I've tried since the 8IEXP has been unbelievable. SATA, USB2, FireWire, huge RAM limits...they don't come any more bleeding edge than the Gigabyte boards.

MSI sucks. I've tried their stuff on 3 different occasions, and have never once kept the board. Tyan is decent if you're looking for a load of features and don't mind sacrificing quality for price.

No matter what you do though, do not ever, under any circumstances, get a SpaceWalker board.

Pankeleonn 06-08-2003 09:42 PM

I ended up going with the Asus p4c8000 deluxe

875 chipset instead of the p4p which is 865

Windzer 06-09-2003 03:10 AM

Lol, shoulda gone for the one I linked, simple function in the bios gives it identical performance to the 875


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