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DFI or MSI?

Discussion in 'Motherboards' started by Reality|Bites, 5 Jun 2006.

  1. Reality|Bites

    Soldato

    Joined: 5 Apr 2006

    Posts: 6,002

    Given the choice which motherboard would you go for?

    DFI SLI-DR Expert or the MSI K8N Neo 4 platinum plus?

    I'm going to be using my existing 3700+ @ 2.6GHz(could be higher if I could get the bloody dividers to work without garbbling the bios)

    2 X 512MB corsair xms4400C25

    enermax liberty 500W etc...

    can you give me the pros and cons of both if you can please :)

    Also should I get the ATI X1900 XT or the OCUK 7900 GTX?

    Again pros and cons if you can :)
     
  2. Murzo

    Hitman

    Joined: 7 Oct 2005

    Posts: 609

    DFI Expert, I've got one its the best mobo i have had, got my opty 165 @ 2.8.

    With the graphics cards i would go with the ATI X1900XT but it all comes down to personal preference, they are both great cards and offer similar performance.
     
  3. dark4orz

    Gangster

    Joined: 26 Dec 2002

    Posts: 319

    DFI ! DFI ! DFI ! DFI !
     
  4. bbreezeuk

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    Location: Bath, UK

     
  5. senorstealth

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    Location: down the pub

    DFI all the way!!

    Though i prefer Asus
     
  6. Jay_t

    Hitman

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    Location: The Lake District

    DFI without a doubt :)
     
  7. 4Qman

    Hitman

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    Location: UK

    Cant say any more than that. ;)
     
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  8. Rokusho

    Gangster

    Joined: 23 May 2005

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    Location: In my chair

    I'm going to go with everyone eklse here and say DFI, cos they are amazing
     
  9. Cyber-Mav

    Capodecina

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    Location: Midlands

    7950 gx2
     
  10. KizZ

    Soldato

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    Location: Lincoln

     
  11. easyrider

    Caporegime

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    Location: Autonomy

    The DFI Expert is the best s939 mobo that exists.

    simple as! :D
     
  12. 4Qman

    Hitman

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    Location: UK

    Agreed,.
     
  13. KizZ

    Soldato

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    Location: Lincoln

    Ok Reality|Bites, I dont think MSI stands a chance :D
     
  14. wsurfa

    Hitman

    Joined: 16 Mar 2004

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    Location: Surrey

    DFI - the one I've got hasn't missed abeat during the countless changes, and random reboots it's been subjected to
     
  15. Sparky-F1

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 23 Nov 2004

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    Location: Roundabout City

    1 vote for the MSI :D

    Had my Opty146 at 3GHZ on it and was a good steady board.
     
  16. w3bbo

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 14 Nov 2005

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    Location: Up North

    DFI. European support for them are also quite good.
     
  17. Gashman

    Mobster

    Joined: 28 Mar 2006

    Posts: 4,379

    Location: Jarrow, Tyne And Wear

    second vote for MSI, much better value for money and MSI customer support is ace, plus they clock brilliantly, CPU has always been limiting factor for me when i had my platinum
     
  18. FatRakoon

    Capodecina

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 10,146

    Location: Behind you... Naked!

    Got a few MSI and DFI Boards.

    What we have here, is the usual PC war isnt it?

    ATI or nVidia?
    Intel or AMD
    Now, what we have is also a bit of an MSI vs DFI war too!

    Both sides kicking the proverbial rear end.

    What I see though, is plain and simple.

    The DFI Does edge out in front, of that, there is no doubt, but, you got to look at what it is that edges it out in front of the MSI, and then work out if its actually worth it or not for you?

    My 2p worth and that is that bang for buck, the MSI leaves the DFI standing in its own wee

    I have had, and still have both MSI and DFI boards of various flavours.

    Currently my 4 main PCs have :-

    S939
    MSI Neo4-F ( x2 4400 )
    MSI Neo2-Platinum ( Winnie 3200 )
    S754
    DFI LanParty 250GB UT ( Clawhammer 3700 & Newcastle 3000 )

    And I am extremely happy with them all.

    The MSI boards have been absolutely flawless... No, they have been better than that! ( Better than flawless??? ) while the DFI have had at least one or two... Well, lets just say niggles, cos they are near-perfect.... stock BIOS for example hates me and any CPU I threw into it, it hated the RAM, even though its Corsair XMS4400TwinX and the site suggests that as the best RAM for it??? - yet a new BIOS sorted that out

    In terms of costs vs functions, I am sorry, but this is the biggie isnt it?

    The DFI price tag is close to double that of a similar spec MSI and yet the functions are what??? - Far too little to justify the price tag thats for sure!

    No, I would have to give the MSI another vote to be honest.

    Go for the DFI only if you have a bit of extra cash and go for the MSI if you have common sense
     
  19. PinkFloyd

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    Joined: 21 Sep 2005

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    Location: Bradley Stoke, Bristol

    DFI :D :D

    Got and Ultra-D at the moment and have an Expert coming through soon. Oh yeh :)

    msi is boring :p
     
  20. easyrider

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    The common sense option is two get the DFI spend the extra an not be limited with your overclock.

    If I buy a 300 quid opty and clock it two FX 62 speeds and beyond the extra for the DFI is more than worth it.