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CHEVYMAN_02
08-28-04, 12:37 PM
What is the best A64 mobo to get?

St Lobus
08-28-04, 01:37 PM
I just recently got an Asus K8N-E Deluxe mobo with my A64. It's not the socket 939, so it sounds like right now upgrade options in the future may be limited, but it's based on the Nforce 3 250 chipset and has been rock solid for me. I like it quite a bit, but hear that there are better boards. If you're into overclocking, then this board has a lot of options to help you. I like to leave everything at stock, and there it still gets the job done well.

MUYA
08-28-04, 05:37 PM
well for socket 939? whats the best board? pl s anyone? :D Iknow I link a lot in my roundups but forum members accounts is also crucial to me in making a judgement

UDawg
08-29-04, 12:09 AM
I have the best board, A8V Deluxe (http://usa.asus.com/products/mb/socket939/a8v-d/overview.htm)

Gator
08-29-04, 12:54 PM
socket 754
Gigabyte K8NS Pro or MSI K8N Neo Platinum

socket 939
Gigabyte K8NSNXP or MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum

Nforce3 250 & Ultra = overclockable, stable, yadda yadda ;)

jAkUp
08-29-04, 01:00 PM
I would say the Asus K8N-E.

Its an nForce 250, and a great performer. If not the MSI K8N is a great nforce 250 board as well.

The VIA chips dont have legacy SATA drivers so windows is really a pain to install on SATA hard drives. Especially if you don't have a floppy drive..heh

CHEVYMAN_02
08-29-04, 01:22 PM
do think the Chaintech VNF-250 would be any good?

Riptide
08-29-04, 02:27 PM
I agree with UDawg. Asus A8V. I'm not real happy with my MSI so far and I didn't really like the Abit either. The Asus is the only skt939 board out right with no temperature reporting problems.

Gator
09-02-04, 05:42 PM
do think the Chaintech VNF-250 would be any good?

Don't you already have the Chaintech VNF-250? That's what your signature says. Or is this for somebody else? And were you interested in s754 or s939 you never specified?

Riptide
09-02-04, 05:43 PM
BTW, there is a Soltek skt939 VIA board up for sale on newegg. It's cheap to (like $120).

CHEVYMAN_02
09-03-04, 09:07 AM
no i don't have it yet but i will have it today. I don't want skt 939

saturnotaku
09-03-04, 09:55 AM
I don't want skt 939

Why not? S754 is a lame duck right now. That's why the CPUs are so cheap. If you plan on keeping this machine for any length of time, it would be in your best interest to bite the bullet and move up to S939.

Gator
09-03-04, 10:23 AM
Why not? S754 is a lame duck right now. That's why the CPUs are so cheap. If you plan on keeping this machine for any length of time, it would be in your best interest to bite the bullet and move up to S939.

I wouldnt say that, any A64 S754 will last you a pretty damn long time. Many overclock decent as well, and besides the dual channel support of S939 A64's doesn't appear to boost performance all that much. And finally the S754 is a hell of a lot cheaper. ;)

Even a cheapo A64 2800 when paired with a good video card can run the latest games at max settings. ;)

MUYA
09-03-04, 10:38 AM
s754 will be phased out for teh high end line I think. The Sempr0ns will feature s754 mostly IIRC...or maybe not...

but s939 and a bios flash and u can get dual cores end of next year...maybe :D

Gator
09-03-04, 10:46 AM
...but s939 and a bios flash and u can get dual cores end of next year...maybe :D

That's a big maybe! If it works then sure, great, but oh what a MAYBE. (spit)

You know I'd definetly be more eager to recommend S939 if only they weren't so damn expensive. Even the 3500 seems overpriced to me, and don't get me started on the motherboard price & selection :lame:

MUYA
09-03-04, 10:53 AM
I had hoped for AMD to slash prices to compete with Intel but...nothing so far...on the dual core BIOS thing, I was just encouraged by AMDZone's preview of a dal core opteron where they mentioned a Bios upgrade will do t he trick. Thats not official yet..so..I guess we will have to wait and see

gigapower
09-03-04, 11:13 AM
At QuakeCon AMD was saying that the dual core chips will be built on S939 and that they are planning that current S939 boards will support the DC A64s.