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Old 10-06-02, 12:11 AM   #1
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Some of you may be having issues with this board or be interested in reading about it. I advise you check out this:

http://www.asusboards.com/forums/sho...threadid=24611
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Old 10-06-02, 02:45 AM   #2
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I was going to buy a p4s8x but after the things I've read I'm staying away.My next choice is the asus P4PE.Who cares about agp8x!!!If you test agp2x to agp8x there no difference let alone agp4x!!!
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Old 10-06-02, 10:35 AM   #3
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I already warned visitors with a news post on the main page

The board has lots of memory issue. ASUS blames SIS, but regardless of who's fault it is, ASUS should not have let a board with an 80% failure rate get through QA testing.

Even more suspect is that all the reviews online are with a different revision of the board (identified by a silver heatsink on the northbridge). So all the online reviewers got a board different than the one that was actually sold to consumers. The reviewers board was a lot more stable.
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I was going to buy a p4s8x but after the things I've read I'm staying away.My next choice is the asus P4PE.Who cares about agp8x!!!If you test agp2x to agp8x there no difference let alone agp4x!!!
I might go with an ASUS again someday but not soon after this fiasco.

For now I've got a gigabyte 8sg667 on order. If you keep up with the forums @ asusboards you will see it is getting excellent reviews. I trust word of mouth via the forums now more than reviewers...
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Old 10-07-02, 09:46 PM   #5
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ASUS just released a new bios. It fixes the stability issues but hurts memory performance. So really its no better than running your ram at a lower speed (which is what all P4S8X owners do now to get a stable system anyway).
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I might go with an ASUS again someday but not soon after this fiasco.

For now I've got a gigabyte 8sg667 on order. If you keep up with the forums @ asusboards you will see it is getting excellent reviews. I trust word of mouth via the forums now more than reviewers...

As long as you don't care about voltage adjustments. If you do, then wait for Revision 2 of the Gigabyte SIS648 board, which *might* have voltage adjustments.
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I bought the MSI SIS 648 Board. It has voltage adjustments tho. Only issue with the board is, northbridge gets so hot with its passive cooler, that little pretty green heatsink that says "APG 8x" on it. Oh well, Crystal Orb helps.
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I was going to buy a p4s8x but after the things I've read I'm staying away.My next choice is the asus P4PE.Who cares about agp8x!!!If you test agp2x to agp8x there no difference let alone agp4x!!!

Except that the P4PE is 199.99 at Newegg, ouch, for no good reason. Its certainly not a better overclocker and I think for the 50 dollars (or more) less, I'd overclock some with a i845E for whatever little lost performance there is.

At that price, I'm sitting here wondering how much their Granite Bay board will be. 299.99? Asus: King of the Unstable and Overcharged!
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Wow I didn't know those board cost that much. I paid $96 for my board from an online store and that included shipping. You guys are getting ripped off royally if you pay that much.
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ASUS just released a new bios. It fixes the stability issues but hurts memory performance. So really its no better than running your ram at a lower speed (which is what all P4S8X owners do now to get a stable system anyway).
Even with the "fixed" BIOS they just released my system still crashed in 3dmark2001 if I ran the memory @ ddr333 on spd (corsair 2700 c2)...

The gigabyte looks solid so far.
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Well I got my ASUS P4S8X today (it was on delivery for 3 weeks, if I'd have found this thread earlier I would have thought twice ), blue screens during win2k setup, during 3dmark, ugh it made me sad. So much money on this p4 upgrade and it crashing really pisses me off. However the new BIOS (04/10) managed to make it through 3dmark... so I'm gonna go to sleep now and hope it's all fixed
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If it makes it through 3d mark, try leaving prime 95 running all night. If that works, try playing UT 2003 for a couple of hours.

I had nasty blues screens during the install of Win XP until I reduced the memory speed. I could install the latest bios and *probably* fix the memory stability but my PC will run a bit slower than it is now. IF Asus can get a bios out that is stable and as fast as the 1003 bios, the P4S8X may actually become a good board.
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