View Poll Results: Which board is best for a gamer?

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Thread: Best GAMING board (s939)?

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    Best GAMING board (s939)?

    I've been under the impression for the past couple of months that, as I want 4 SATA ports on my shiny new S939 motherboard, that I should get the ASUS A8V Deluxe.

    Having stumbled across an online review of the MSI K8N Neo 2 Platinum motherboard something struck me (it was the wife - she hates me using my WiFi laptop in bed!).

    According to the reviewer the actual speed difference between all the new S939 boards is not that great and some boards outperform others in certain areas. For instance, your tests showed that the MSI is the best board for gaming on and the PSP image editing test showed that it is slightly faster than the Asus in this area as well.

    In terms of speed, the MSI board was the second fastest on the speed rating % scale, but was let down on the value side as it was £15 more expensive than the Asus (although this is now only about £8 if you compare them at Dabs), yet doesn't have things like WiFi and EIDE Raid.

    This said, as far as I am aware, the nVidia RAID controller on the MSI is more versatile as it would allow all 4 SATA ports to link together via RAID 0 and as they are all running from the Southbridge, should be very fast indeed. (Oh yes - why wasn't the hardware firewall on the MSI board mentioned? Is it any good?)

    My question is as follows:

    A man spends 90% of his time gaming, 8% of his time performing image manipulation in PhotoShop and 2% of his time designing web-sites in Dreamweaver. Additionally, he doesn't go to LAN parties and his broadband router is behind his PC. He doesn't encode MPEG movies and doesn't do much CD ripping (he is a gooood boy, yes he is!)

    Which board would be the best for him?


    Please use the poll above and show your working in the space below.

    GingerNinja.net - Gamer, Geek & Father of 3

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    Have a look at the hexus website itself, there seems to be good things going around about the gigabyte boards at present.
    Not around too often!

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    tho if i were you id try for a asus AV8 rev2, cheap board compared to the giga

    rev 2 have working locks dude

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    Quote Originally Posted by BAcon
    tho if i were you id try for a asus AV8 rev2, cheap board compared to the giga

    rev 2 have working locks dude
    Problem is, no-one can tell me when it is out!

    GingerNinja.net - Gamer, Geek & Father of 3

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    Been doing alot of research lately myself for the best socket 939 motherboard. So far I have seen many recommendations to the MSI board and have also seen it on a few dream gaming rigs. (paired with the athlon fx54)
    Personally I'm going with the MSI K8N Neo 2 Platinum

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    People are saying they will have stocks of Nforce4 boards next month. No Exact date yet. Worth a consideration if you are in no real hurry to upgrade.

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    • GingerNinja.net's system
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    Quote Originally Posted by Capt Doufos
    People are saying they will have stocks of Nforce4 boards next month. No Exact date yet. Worth a consideration if you are in no real hurry to upgrade.
    I've got a 3800+ and a XFX 6800 GT waiting to be used and I have to admit it is killing me looking at the box with them in.

    GingerNinja.net - Gamer, Geek & Father of 3

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    My question is as follows:
    A man spends 90% of his time gaming, 8% of his time performing image manipulation in PhotoShop and 2% of his time designing web-sites in Dreamweaver. (Total 100%)
    How does he end up with 3 children?

    (Exactly what kind of gaming is it?!)

    Re the mobo I can only say that my old MSI nForce K7N420 is just ridiculously stable (and still pretty fast actually). When I upgrade I reckon an nForce4 will be just right. My even older VIA-based Abit KT7 was fun to setup, but unnecessarily complicated, and can't match the nForce for stability.

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    • GingerNinja.net's system
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      • CPU:
      • AMD Opteron 144 @ 2507MHz
      • Memory:
      • GSKILL Extreme Series (HZ) DDR I PC4000 3-4-4-8 Dual Channel (2x1024MB)
      • Storage:
      • 3 x 250GB Samsung Spinpoint P120S in RAID3 via XFX Revo 64 SATA Netcell controller
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Leadtek WinFast PX8800 GTS TDH 640MB @ 630/950 (1.9GHz eff.)
      • PSU:
      • Seasonic S12-600
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      • Akasa Eclipse 66
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      • TalkTalk Free 8Mbps @ 5.5Mbps actual (with frequent drops & router reboots needed!)
    Bah! nForce 4 is coming sooner than expected. Still. I haven't built my rig....yet.

    GingerNinja.net - Gamer, Geek & Father of 3

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    Hopefully the nforce4 motherboards will arrive in 2-4 weeks

    they better had do as I want an Abit SLi board ready for my new gaming rig

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    NF4 is not going to bring anything new that you will need right away. Better to get a good solid board with a proven chipset and wait until they iron the wrinkles out of the NF4 chipset/motherboards. By the time they do that you'll be ready for a new motherboard and CPU anyway. I like the A8V. I have a 1.2 and a 2.0 both and they are awesome.
    Last edited by StormPC; 29-10-2004 at 05:43 PM.

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    Mate if that XFX 6800 GT of yours is an AGP card , then NF4 is not an option for u.
    Last edited by MiLaMber; 01-11-2004 at 07:54 AM.

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    If you can't wait for NForce4 or similar and are prepared to go skt754, the new DFI LanParty Nforce3Ultra board looks amazing

    and it's cheap too - I think www.overclockers.co.uk have it for less than 80 squids

    I wonder what we're going to see from them on the skt939 and PCI Express front??
    Last edited by spursskin; 02-11-2004 at 04:47 PM.

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