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Old January 7, 2008, 04:02 PM
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Ive just read that P35 boards with a 6 layer PCB will not be stable with the new Penryn quads despite being advertised as such. More misleading marketing

Maybe Intel are just messing about so they can force people to switch to more expensive x38,48 or P45 boards.
I've heard those reports too, but I think they're just rumours. They first came out when it was announced that Intel was delaying introduction of their mainstream Penryn, but Intel has since openly stated that they simply don't feel like bringing them out yet. And I haven't seen any suggestion that the new Extreme models have any trouble running on the P35's.

Personally, I'd be inclined towards the X38 boards, unless cost is an issue. Their BIOS' have finally begun to mature, they support PCI-E 2.0, if you DO get a second card, it won't be regulated to a PCI-E x4 lane, and virtually all of them have more robust power delivery for the memory and CPU.
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Old January 7, 2008, 06:34 PM
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yea these rumors can be difficult to keep up with-but the 680i ones turned out to be true.

[quote=MpG;33571]I've heard those reports too, but I think they're just rumours. They first came out when it was announced that Intel was delaying introduction of their mainstream Penryn, but Intel has since openly stated that they simply don't feel like bringing them out yet. And I haven't seen any suggestion that the new Extreme models have any trouble running on the P35's.

I just hope your right. Anyway as 3.0charlie wisely said if I was buying now Id sit on my hands for a few months to see how things progress. There seems to be a tonne of options and perhaps X38 will be a "great one" once the price drops as the other options come out.

BTW:Why are they releasing an X48 given they just released the X38? Also if Intel releases the nehalm on a new socket Q4 2008 these boards aren't going to have much longevity. Bit like my P35 by the looks of things
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Okay, after hours and hours of browsing here's what I looked at. I am not sure yet wether I want to go for SLI or Crossfire, but I want a feature rich board that is somewhat up to date for a little while to come.....

Since I use this board mostly for testing purposes it has to be a good/fast/feature rich motherboard. The only two things I want for sure are Intel and 2x PCI-E16 slots...for dual graphics....

Here are some choices with the current prices:

1. $ 184 Abit IP35 Pro
2. $ 229 Abit IX38 Quad GT
3. $ 255 Asus Maximus Formula
4. $ 153 Asus P5K-E/Wifi
5. $ 249 DFI LanParty UT-P35-T2R
6. $ 185 Gigabyte GA-P35-DS4
7. $ 250 Gigabyte X38-DQ6
8. $ 160 Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3P
9. $ 161 MSI P35 Platinum
10. $ 278 XFX 780i
11. $ 250 EVGA 780i

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I'm probably gonna end up with either the P5K-E or the IP35 Pro
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The only two things I want for sure are Intel and 2x PCI-E16 slots...for dual graphics....
Just remember, the P35's only have one PCI-E x16 slot. The second one is full sized, but will only be a x4 electrically. (I think Asus set up some of their P35 boards to split x8/x8, but the rest are all x16/x4.) And a PCI-E x4 WILL bottleneck today's high-end graphics cards.
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From your choices, if you wish to have a stable/good/fast/feature rich motherboard, then go for the Asus Maximus Formula (DDR2) or Extreme (DDR3).

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Okay, after hours and hours of browsing here's what I looked at. I am not sure yet wether I want to go for SLI or Crossfire, but I want a feature rich board that is somewhat up to date for a little while to come.....

Since I use this board mostly for testing purposes it has to be a good/fast/feature rich motherboard. The only two things I want for sure are Intel and 2x PCI-E16 slots...for dual graphics....

Here are some choices with the current prices:

1. $ 184 Abit IP35 Pro
2. $ 229 Abit IX38 Quad GT
3. $ 255 Asus Maximus Formula
4. $ 153 Asus P5K-E/Wifi
5. $ 249 DFI LanParty UT-P35-T2R
6. $ 185 Gigabyte GA-P35-DS4
7. $ 250 Gigabyte X38-DQ6
8. $ 160 Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3P
9. $ 161 MSI P35 Platinum
10. $ 278 XFX 780i
11. $ 250 EVGA 780i

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I'm still using an upgraded five years ago Asus P4B, but am considering building a new Asus P5K-E/E6750 system. Good bang for the buck I think. Can also find OCZ 2GB for about $30 with MIR.
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3.0charlie...DUDE! Did you see the prices on the Maximus boards?? The cheapest Formula goes for $ 255 which is doable but the Extreme goes for $ 339 !!! That is just sick!! And then to think of the DDR3 prices?? A decent set costs $ 500!! Wow it sucks to stay up to date! LOL
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3.0charlie...DUDE! Did you see the prices on the Maximus boards?? The cheapest Formula goes for $ 255 which is doable but the Extreme goes for $ 339 !!! That is just sick!! And then to think of the DDR3 prices?? A decent set costs $ 500!! Wow it sucks to stay up to date! LOL


Yup, it's sucks to stay up-to-date! And you're the one whom posted the Formula (as choice #3)!

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