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    worthy upgrade?

    i have a p35 motherboard is it worth upgrading to a x48 motherboard? will i notice much difference?

    the motherboard im thinking to get is the DFI LANParty LT X48-T2R

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    Re: worthy upgrade?

    I don't really see why you'd want to in all honesty, the Gigabyte P35s are good boards - in my opinion the only benefit with the X48 would be getting worthwhile crossfire performance, but you could equally sell the 4870 and replace it with a 4870 X2, and probably save money.

    Did you just want to generally improve performance, or was crossfire the goal?

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    Re: worthy upgrade?

    A lot of money to spend for a board with no immediate gain. It might overclock slightly better, but that's about it unless you want to use Crossfire, and in any case, as snooty says, an X2 would do the job with the P35.

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    Re: worthy upgrade?

    thanks, im going to stick with my p35

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    Re: worthy upgrade?

    I upgraded from a P965 board to a X38 board and I didn't gain 1Mhz in overclocking.
    P35 and P965 chipsets are already very good and the benefit of going higher is minimal.
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    Re: worthy upgrade?

    There will no no/minimal advantage just to upgrade the motherboard from one to another is nothing else is being upgraded, especially from a P35 to X48, as the P35 is a very capable chipset.

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    Re: worthy upgrade?

    I went from a 975 to an X38 and the gain was massive.

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    Re: worthy upgrade?

    I have both 975X and P35 based motherboards. The P35 is a better chipset but the 975X is still good enough for most things. Putting the money towards a full system overhaul makes more sense if you need one.


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    Re: worthy upgrade?

    Quote Originally Posted by snootyjim View Post
    ... you could equally sell the 4870 and replace it with a 4870 X2, and probably save money.
    I believe someone's quoting novatech as doing a 4870 for &#163;115 now. Add that to the DFI X48 board for a total outlay ~ &#163;250. Most 4870 X2s are well over &#163;300 still, which means you'd have to get a very good 2nd hand price for your 4870 to break even.

    That said, XFX appear desperate to prove me wrong...
    Last edited by scaryjim; 13-05-2009 at 02:59 PM. Reason: appalling typing...

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    Re: worthy upgrade?

    the main reason i wanted a new motherboard was because my network chip had started to die but i decided to buy a nic instead and im happy i did

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    Re: worthy upgrade?

    Quote Originally Posted by scaryjim View Post
    I believe someone's quoting novatech as doing a 4870 for £115 now. Add that to the DFI X48 board for a total outlay ~ £250. Most 4870 X2s are well over £300 still, which means you'd have to get a very good 2nd hand price for your 4870 to break even.

    That said, XFX appear desperate to prove me wrong...

    wow that 4870x2 is cheap!

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    Re: worthy upgrade?

    Quote Originally Posted by scaryjim View Post
    I believe someone's quoting novatech as doing a 4870 for £115 now. Add that to the DFI X48 board for a total outlay ~ £250. Most 4870 X2s are well over £300 still, which means you'd have to get a very good 2nd hand price for your 4870 to break even.

    That said, XFX appear desperate to prove me wrong...
    Exactly, it's unbelievably tempting! Fingers crossed though, I'll have an X48 before the week's out and I'll have a bit more choice

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    Re: worthy upgrade?

    Wow, that's amazingly cheap.

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