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    which motherboard to pick?

    Hi all
    I am looking to upgrade to an opteron 146 with a new m\b i won't be going down the sli 2 card set up but want plenty of features so was looking at asus\abit boards which models are the top of the pile at the moment will be o\c of course
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    Abit AN8 Ultra, the Abit KN8 Ultra and finally the Asus A8N-E are your best bets.

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    If you are an experienced overclocker and are comfortable in the BIOS then you can't go past the DFI boards, as long as your PSU & RAM are up to scratch!

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    I dont like my DFI, dont get one. Get an ASUS, and then swap it with me!
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    DFI utra D i bought one for £100 which is way mre than I normally spend on a motherboard but it is a fantastic board and money well spent. I am running my 3700+ at 2.7ghz 100% stable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nvening
    I dont like my DFI, dont get one. Get an ASUS, and then swap it with me!
    Well mate Corsair RAM isn't the best match for these boards

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    So looks like no one likes the abit range as for asus are these the top of the range boards my last board was the at7-max2 at £150 so was looking at the same price range but if i don't need to go higher other than sli then okay
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    Last edited by RobTi; 10-12-2005 at 09:45 PM.

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    mmm Nightshadow mentioned the 2 Abit contending ranges.
    I will now sound like a broken record:
    I like my AN8 Ultra very much.
    Why? It works, overclocks nicely, it's quiet (passive chipset cooler unlike the whiny, failure prone ASUS fan) & it's got 3.5V for Vdimm.

    Think of it this way:
    ASUS reliable but not exactly exciting > DFI thouroughbred racehorse incl. the highly strung that goes with it & the Abit as the middle ground.
    Last edited by BUFF; 10-12-2005 at 04:51 PM.

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    My Abit AN8Fatal and AN8-Fatal-Sli have problem with 1T-command
    My recommend is DFI SLi-D or DFI Sli-DR( King of OC boad )

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    He doesn't need SLi though...

    *whispers* Go for Abit. *whispers*

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    dont they do a great board without sli ? im going to snap up an opteron soon and then pick a board but im using a very good watercooling setup and want the best overclocking ability and features and stability

    but that doesnt mean i want sli ....

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    Go Abit or, if you wanna million options for overclocking, get a DFI board.

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    if i were you - DFI all the way!

    thing is - you dont tend to change your motherboard unless you are going to a different socket-type, so it does make sense that you get the most flexible one (you dont want to stumble upon cheap BH5 only to find your mobo doesnt do 3.4V Vdimm later on - its a nightmare!)

    only issue i have with abit is the silent q-otes thing - apparently doesnt like you overclocking much!

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    He he I agree with you at last

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    Sorry to hijack the thread, but i'm basically in the same position.

    I'm looking to order an opty 146 and would like a motherboard, but wondered which ones are the quietest?

    Are there any silent DFI boards out there? Alot of people have said the chipsets are noisy.

    thankyou.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5aboy
    only issue i have with abit is the silent q-otes thing - apparently doesnt like you overclocking much!
    According to whom?
    The AN8 Ultra is a great overclocker & seeing as DFI no longer officially support the 4V jumper on the nF4 series it's got the highest stock supported Vdimm of any nF4 board that I know.
    Having said that with the increasing move to 1 Gb DIMMs & there being no BH-5 Dimms Vdimm isn't much of a problem for most people now.

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