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Discussion in 'Motherboards' started by Angus01, 17 Jan 2006.

  1. Angus01

    Associate

    Joined: 16 Jan 2006

    Posts: 56

    Looking to upgrade to a 939 Socket AMD Motherboard in a month or 2.

    This is going to be my first build so looking for one that is going to be easy
    enough to install.

    Not going to be overclocking anything ATM.


    Choices so far -

    1.Asus a8n sli (Read a few reports of the cooling fans failing are the cool pipes a better option ?)
    2.Abit An8 SLI Fatality sli
    3.DFI LAN sli-D (Thinking this could be to tricky for my 1st build)

    Any views on these boards or any other recomendations would be very
    helpful.


    PS - I know Asrock do a board that has both PCIe and AGP slots but are
    there any others ?


    Cheers
     
  2. man_from_uncle

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 9 Jan 2006

    Posts: 1,345

    I am using the Asus A8n SLI premium. It was my second choice originally to the DFI, but I bought my ram already (Corsair) and found out that it's not the most reliable thing on those DFI boards. So i semi-reluctantly went the the Asus over the Abit Fatality and........I could not be more pleased. It's stable as rock, my RAID 5 array went up without a problem, everything fit including the rather larger Zalman 9500 and the pipe cooling means that my overall noice level is pretty quiet. The only down side to it is that the vcore max is 1.55v. Now i can still get my opty 144 up to 2.7 stabley (well it's at 2.7 now and been prime stable for 2 hours) and I am only using 1.5125 volts at the moment; so that hasn't bothered me in the slightest. The ram volts tops out at 3v too, so you won't be frying any BH5 on there, but that's still plenty to do everything you need unless you are really hardcore.

    So that's a thumbs up from personal experiance for the Asus, but an admission that i probably would have gone for the DFI had I not gone for the ram that i did.
     
  3. Big.Wayne

    Capodecina

    Joined: 11 Sep 2003

    Posts: 14,662

    Location: London

    Hi,

    Same for me, got the A8N-SLI Premium yesterday, most expensive motherboard I ever bought. Its quality so far, so many accessories included as well :)

    Its the best laid out mobo I have seen so far and the passive cooling seems to work very well.

    I haven't installed WindowsXP yet, just doing some basic memtest stuff.

    The DFI board seems to be the No.1 choice for people trying to squeeze every last drop out of there system, but from having a quick peek in the ASUS bios there is plenty of overclocking goodness there.

    In the ASUS manual (page 106) it lists maximum vCore as 1.65v?
     
  4. mp260767

    Capodecina

    Joined: 4 Feb 2003

    Posts: 10,820

    Location: telford, shropshire

    maybe have a look at the epox, not quite as overclockable as the dfi but is pretty good , and is easier to setup as i understand it than the dfi.