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Technoholic
08-12-08, 06:24 PM
I want a motherboard that can overclock the Q9450 real good.

I won't be going SLI. Maybe I will?

Price don't matter, but I'd like it if it's low. So many choices to choose from, and I don't want to pick out the wrong one.

Maximus II Formula the P45 chipset can overclock the Q9450 on air to 4GHz. That's what I like, but the board is pretty costly.

Will P45 be able to overclock the Q9450 real well?

Tr1cK
08-12-08, 06:44 PM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138118

It's known for record overclocks.

mullet
08-13-08, 12:24 AM
With a lot of Vcore & high VTT. Probably 3.6Ghz 24/7 stable @ 1.35 and higher. X48 can do 3.6 pretty easy. 4Ghz 500x8 is pushing pretty hard.

Technoholic
08-13-08, 01:28 PM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138118

It's known for record overclocks.
I don't know. I have been seeing reviews on any other ASUS motherboard, a lot of them are saying that the quality of ASUS motherboard is steadily declining.

Biostar has made me feel eh ... What's wrong with this one? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131297


What will benefit me if I use P45 chipset or X48 chipset? As far as I know, the only difference would be the SLI and CrossFire?

Lfctony
08-13-08, 02:08 PM
P45 has 2x8 Crossfire, X48 has 2x16.

Tr1cK
08-13-08, 02:12 PM
I linked you the Biostar TPower P45, which has been getting great reviews, not an Asus.

DiscipleDOC
08-13-08, 02:19 PM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138118

It's known for record overclocks.

Nice.

Technoholic
08-13-08, 02:37 PM
I linked you the Biostar TPower P45, which has been getting great reviews, not an Asus.
Right, but I'm more of a fan of ASUS. That's why I'm not sure whether I'd wanna go for Biostar motherboard.

P45 has 2x8 Crossfire, X48 has 2x16.
And that's the only difference between X48 and P45?

nV`andrew
08-13-08, 02:41 PM
Asus P45 going good for me.

Lfctony
08-13-08, 02:46 PM
And that's the only difference between X48 and P45?

I don't think so, but that's the most important. Overclocking potential is the same, the X48 is DDR3 only I believe... The P45 is DDR2/3 capable...

Technoholic
08-13-08, 02:50 PM
I don't think so, but that's the most important. Overclocking potential is the same, the X48 is DDR3 only I believe... The P45 is DDR2/3 capable...
X48 has 13 choices of motherboard on Newegg with DDR2. :p

Tr1cK
08-13-08, 03:06 PM
I'm getting the $90 P43 variant of that Biostar board in early next week. I'll let you all know if it's worth a crap. I had to because there are many reports of my Asus board not being able to run Quads over 2.8ghz. Asus quality has steadily declined over the years, granted I can't speak for the Intel chipset ones, but Nvidia and Via ones leave a lot to be desired.

Technoholic
08-13-08, 03:08 PM
I'm getting the $90 P43 variant of that Biostar board in early next week. I'll let you all know if it's worth a crap. I had to because there are many reports of my Asus board not being able to run Quads over 2.8ghz. Asus quality has steadily declined over the years, granted I can't speak for the Intel chipset ones, but Nvidia and Via ones leave a lot to be desired.
See what I mean.

And Tr1ck, are you going to get that Biostar P45 anyway?

Tr1cK
08-13-08, 04:13 PM
See what I mean.

And Tr1ck, are you going to get that Biostar P45 anyway?

You are confusing me man lol. :headexplode:

I'm ditching the Asus I currently have and replacing it with the lower priced (compared to the one I linked you) Biostar P43 variant. My current Asus is a joke and can't run Quads (I have a Q6600 on the way also) correctly or even overclock my current CPU worth a crap, over 1333mhz FSB is out of the question.

I've had 4 Asus boards over the years. My first was a socket 7 that was great. It set the standard to me by which all other motherboards were judged. The 2nd and 3rd Asus boards, one was DOA, the other had to be sent back because of compatibility issues a mile long. Those were socket 462 boards. My current board runs well at default settings, but it's a bit quirky and should have never been advertised as having overclocking features or the ability to support Quad core CPUs.

I built a system 3 years ago for my roomy at the time with one of the first Biostar TForce boards on socket 939 and was completely impressed with every thing about it except the onboard sound. The mic input on it was scratchy. I will be using an Audigy 2.

Here's some updated overclocking records for that Biostar TForce I45:
http://www.nordichardware.com/news,7880.html

ViN86
08-13-08, 04:27 PM
fwiw, DFI boards are notorious for being great OC'ers.

Technoholic
08-13-08, 06:36 PM
You are confusing me man lol. :headexplode:

I'm ditching the Asus I currently have and replacing it with the lower priced (compared to the one I linked you) Biostar P43 variant. My current Asus is a joke and can't run Quads (I have a Q6600 on the way also) correctly or even overclock my current CPU worth a crap, over 1333mhz FSB is out of the question.

I've had 4 Asus boards over the years. My first was a socket 7 that was great. It set the standard to me by which all other motherboards were judged. The 2nd and 3rd Asus boards, one was DOA, the other had to be sent back because of compatibility issues a mile long. Those were socket 462 boards. My current board runs well at default settings, but it's a bit quirky and should have never been advertised as having overclocking features or the ability to support Quad core CPUs.

I built a system 3 years ago for my roomy at the time with one of the first Biostar TForce boards on socket 939 and was completely impressed with every thing about it except the onboard sound. The mic input on it was scratchy. I will be using an Audigy 2.

Here's some updated overclocking records for that Biostar TForce I45:
http://www.nordichardware.com/news,7880.html
My bad, I just looked in your thread about the P43 board, I thought you were getting P45 and since you mentioned P43 in here so I assumed you were just going to test it out for us. That's why I was puzzled when you said I was confusing, lol.

And on that Biostar P45, after skimming on Newegg reviews and the link you provided, I don't see anything about the quad core? Or it shouldn't matter?

Technoholic
08-13-08, 09:51 PM
That TForce I45 motherboard is tempting now. :bleh: It's going for $109 after MIR. It was $149 without any sale or MIR, and then it went down to $125, then $109 after MIR.

Tr1cK
08-14-08, 06:21 AM
They seem to be good. If you can wait a few days I will report back on if my TForce P43 can push my new Q6600 up to where it should be running. I hope to get 3.2ghz+ out of it. I'm really aiming for 3.6ghz on 1600mhz FSB.

Technoholic
08-14-08, 07:30 AM
Then from there, you'd tell us how its worth it to get Biostar motherboard?

Tr1cK
08-14-08, 08:16 AM
Then from there, you'd tell us how its worth it to get Biostar motherboard?

Sure. I think if it overclocks well and is stable, then it's worth it. :)

Technoholic
08-14-08, 01:31 PM
Sure. I think if it overclocks well and is stable, then it's worth it. :)
Cool, looking forward to it. :cool:

Tr1cK
08-14-08, 03:49 PM
Received delivery of the motherboard today. I will try to have it installed tonight, if not I will do it sometime this weekend. :D

crainger
08-14-08, 05:19 PM
Do it tonight, be more excited about PC hardware plz kthnx.

Technoholic
08-14-08, 05:58 PM
Do it tonight, be more excited about PC hardware plz kthnx.
(rofl2)


I think I may have hit gold. I like the color of orange and how they'd glow to uv reaction. DFI LanParty P45-T2RS (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813136050)

And the thread here (http://www.ocforums.com/showthread.php?p=5756812) to confirm how well the Q9450 overclocks.

I don't think I will ever SLI. When I have a full time job, and a house then it will be worth to have SLI if I have money to burn.

But anyways, what do you think of my choice? By the way, the forum over at xtremesystem there is a 9 pages long thread about the BIOS. I believe the latest BIOS are out to fix the FSB limitation. Not like I will OC hard anyway.

Tr1cK
08-14-08, 10:42 PM
Installed it and my new WD single platter 320gb main drive after dinner tonight. I am putting Vista on it right now. So far, it booted up without a hitch and took the same overclock I was running for over a year with no issue. After I get everything installed, I will see how much it can push the E4300 better than that Asus board I was using. I'm real anxious to put my Quad on it.

Damn slow ass DHL delivery is holding up my Quad! :thumbdwn:

Techno, I liked the DFI offerings too. I don't think you can go wrong either way so far.