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Old 01-20-05, 11:58 PM   #1
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Default ASROCK K8 Combo-Z ALI-M1689 S-754

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I'm building a budget system for my sister and I've been debating whether to go with socket 754 or 939. I'm trying to keep the system under $600. Anyway, while on newegg.com I came across the ASROCK Combo mobo and I'm wondering if anyone has purchased one or knows of any quality websites that reviewed one. I'm not finding any reviews on my usual sights.
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Old 01-21-05, 12:01 AM   #2
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Well, Socket 754 is going to be AMD's budget 64-bit line, so there should be no concerns with going for it. Of course Socket 939 is going to be optimal, but your budget probably won't allow for it. ASROCK is Asus's low end, no frills line, so you shouldn't have to worry about quality.
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Old 01-21-05, 12:20 AM   #3
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What I like about the board is that it gives her the option to upgrade to the 939 in the future. What I'm worry about is a considerable performance drop going with ALI versus more established chipsets from Nvidia or VIA. Also I'm looking for any opinions or claims people have about the mobo.
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There is little if any difference what Motherboard make you got as memory controller is on CPU chip it self so speed wise there is hardly any difference ~1%.

only options , stability , price , overclockability ect ect that makes them different.
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There is little if any difference what Motherboard make you got as memory controller is on CPU chip it self so speed wise there is hardly any difference ~1%.
Unless you're talking about 754 vs 939 in which case you have to consider the latter's dual-channel DDR support as well as future upgradability. The 3700+ is the last "high end" 754 CPU. With 939 you have compatibility across the board with everything from the 3000+ to the FX-55 and beyond (dual core processors needing only a BIOS update supposedly).
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Unless you're talking about 754 vs 939 in which case you have to consider the latter's dual-channel DDR support as well as future upgradability. The 3700+ is the last "high end" 754 CPU. With 939 you have compatibility across the board with everything from the 3000+ to the FX-55 and beyond (dual core processors needing only a BIOS update supposedly).
Specifically about the dual core processors needing only a BIOS update..... I'm very curious about that statement. I've read (on The Register I believe) that AMD will come out with a new socket (941 or 942?) when they introduce the dual core processors. If you or anyone else can link me with more info about the 939 mobos just needing a BIOS update, it may considerably change which direction I take and how soon I start when building my next rig.
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I would be hesitant of the combo board. First of all I don't know anyone with the Ali chipset for A64, and secondly the board layout looks like a frankenstein monster.

I would sooner recommend you pick a cheap S754 board and CPU than the combo.
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