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DaveW
10-17-02, 06:25 PM
I have never RMA'd a piece of hardware but this POS is outta here!

Even with the new slow "stable" 1004 bios my system still isn't happy. Certain clock speeds are happier than others but only for certain apps. Everything is unstable at 333 and 266 DDR speeds, if I go for something odd like 300 DDR then it can run prime 95 and 3d mark for hours, but after 20 minutes of UT 2K3 or even Windows Media Player it blue screens.

I won't be buying ASUS again and am a little put off SIS chipset too.

So, I need some advice. What mobo should I get instead? I am looking for something for an Intel P4 (2.4 ghz) with DDR 333, AGP 8X, onboard LAN, Firewire, USB2 and preferably a half decent onboard audio and overclocking features.

Riptide
10-17-02, 07:51 PM
I got the gigabyte 8sg667 and so far it has done much better than the p4s8x. Can run ddr333 finally...

Check the forums at asusboards.com. People seem to really like the Aopen and Gigabyte sis648 boards...

DaveW
10-17-02, 07:55 PM
Did already :) I am consider either the Gigabyte GA-8SG667 or the AOpen AX458XN

LORD-eX-Bu
10-17-02, 09:44 PM
Give this one a try Aopen AX45-8X MAX (http://www.aopen.com/products/mb/ax45-8xmax.htm)

They added their own circuits especially to get higher speed DDR models to work better(PC3200+). If this would have been out when I bought a motherboard I would have gotten this instead.:D

DaveW
10-17-02, 10:23 PM
I can't find the "MAX" version of that board at any reseller, only a few have the "N" version. As far as I can tell they are the same but the MAX has firewire on it.

LORD-eX-Bu
10-17-02, 10:26 PM
have you tried pricegrabber.com? or pricewatch? Check out eBay or Newegg.com or Tigerdirect.com. Googlegear.com might have it but I don't know.

LORD-eX-Bu
10-17-02, 10:27 PM
Click on the "where to buy" button, if you haven't already done so. Why don't they just sell the stupid things themselves.

DaveW
10-17-02, 10:35 PM
No luck, only the "N" version of the board is in stores.

LORD-eX-Bu
10-17-02, 10:36 PM
I found one, lol, and its the same store that I bought my MSI 648 motherboard from. Here you go: LINK (http://192.216.185.10/mwave/skusearch.hmx?UID=PW-7469315&SCriteria=A16754&bop=and)

If you get it tell me how it is, I might buy one.

LORD-eX-Bu
10-17-02, 10:37 PM
Bah! nevermind, its the "N" version.

DaveW
10-17-02, 10:39 PM
Yep, mwave was where I was looking too :)

LORD-eX-Bu
10-17-02, 10:42 PM
oh well, if that doesn't work, you can always look into MSI, their motherboard is great, comes with Bluetooth and all, the only thing is that it isn't a great overclocker and you have to mess with the memory timings, I wouldn't really recommend it tho, but mines runs stable, I don't get any crashes ever and I am running DDR 400. If it is your last resort however, I would get this one, or switch to an Intel chipset.

LORD-eX-Bu
10-17-02, 10:42 PM
The update for this mainboard tho is supposed to fix everything(I don't know cuz I never had problems.)