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benz0209
05-08-03, 03:10 AM
I'm looking for the most future-proof and overall best motherboard, which Nforce2 board should i get? I don't care about price.

Kain
05-08-03, 07:26 AM
Asus A7N8X Deluxe.

FastM
05-08-03, 11:17 AM
Originally posted by Kain
Asus A7N8X Deluxe.
um no

Abit NF7-S all the way.

Lunar
05-08-03, 11:22 AM
The A7N's have had uber problems here lately.

SavagePaladin
05-08-03, 12:11 PM
I like Abit
I like dd5.1
I like NV and nForces
yum

saturnotaku
05-08-03, 12:36 PM
Abit NF7-S, especially since most retailers are shipping revision 2.0.

benz0209
05-08-03, 12:52 PM
does the abit have serial ata support? 400mhz fsb?

SavagePaladin
05-08-03, 12:56 PM
Yes, though I wouldn't necessarily *use* the SATA yet

Kain
05-08-03, 01:16 PM
What?

The Asus A7N8x Deluxe is no good? I thought I was one of the best NVIDIA nForce2 motherboards. :confused:

SavagePaladin
05-08-03, 01:20 PM
Originally posted by Kain
What?

The Asus A7N8x Deluxe is no good? I thought I was one of the best NVIDIA nForce2 motherboards. :confused:
It's more that dealing with ASUS if you have a problem is no good, apparently.

Kain
05-08-03, 01:32 PM
How come according to this website, the Asus A7N8X is the best "overall motherboard?"

http://www6.tomshardware.com/column/20030227/index.html

FastM
05-08-03, 01:47 PM
At the moment...

1st. Abit NF7-S
2nd. Epox-8rda+
3rd. Asus A7N8X

Since Abit was the first to ship the 400mhz FSB ready NB chipset without starting a new model (unlike what epox is doing) they are the best at the moment.

Asus is Asus, i cant say there is anything wrong with it, but nothing special either.

ricercar
05-08-03, 02:05 PM
Abit NF7-S has NVIDIA Soundstorm certification and the ASUS A7N8X does not.

ONly 3 boards have soundtorm certification
MSI K7N2G-ILSR
Shuttle SN41G2 ver. 3
Abit NF7-S

Kain
05-08-03, 02:05 PM
Thanks.

I guess I'll get the Abit NF7-S instead of the Asus A7N8X Deluxe.

benz0209
05-08-03, 03:30 PM
why wouldn't one use thye SATA yet?

netviper13
05-08-03, 04:46 PM
Because AFAIK the only drive that does SATA native is the Raptor hard drive, and I need more than 36 gigs in a drive; and the Serillel adaptor has had some early issues, correctable by a BIOS update mind you, but as of now it's still fairly hit-or-miss.

CaptNKILL
05-08-03, 05:55 PM
My ABIT NF7-S 2.0 is awesome so far. Just dont use the SATA yet. There really arent any good reasons to use it over ATA-133 right now anyway. I had a few problems with SATA (corruption on restart), so I changed to IDE and my comp has amazing load times (boot time and games) and NO problems. Plus, when you use IDE, you can disable the SATA-RAID controller in the BIOS which makes the comp boot a few seconds faster (one less screen to show after post).

I highly reccomend the NF7-S 2.0 board.

SavagePaladin
05-08-03, 06:00 PM
There're two Seagate drives in serial ATA, and a Maxtor as well as that WD.
The Barracuda V obviously being the crappy one, the 7200.7 being the good one.
Nobody has actually *reviewed* the 7200.7, even though it's out in the channel now, oddly.

The problem with the SATA on the nf7-s and a7n8x deluxe is data corruption due to incorect registers in the internal code or something? I'm sure they'll fix it eventually.........

netviper13
05-08-03, 08:11 PM
I read a post on the official Abit forums that said a permanent fix for the SATA corruption has been found, but it has to come in the form of a BIOS update. Look for the next NF7-S BIOS to have this fix.

john19055
05-10-03, 12:02 PM
I have a ASUS A7N8X-Deluxe2.0 and it been a good board long as it is a revision 2 it overclocks good I have had my XP2400 running at 220x10.5@2310 and it supports the new Barton 400FSB.It is just as good as the abit.And the SATA has been a problem for both boards.supposed to be fixed with a new Bios update.