Choice of MB...?
It seems like a few of the guys here, running the 680i chipset, are gonna need a new mobo, that is myself included. Now there is a huge array of choices on the market and we would like to know which way to go! Do we go for....:
X38..and are forced to Crossfire? Have the choice of DDR2/DDR3?
P35..and are forced to Crossfire? Still run DDR2?
780i..and go with the good old trusted hardware from nVidia?
Lol....let us know...!
Not sure how much of a price difference between P35 & x38 is but my vote would still be for P35 unless a person was almost positive they were going to go SLI in the near future.
Can't beat DDR2 prices ATM, P35 is capable of running the newer intel chips, and in all honesty.... how many folks who buy an SLI board to future-proof actually end up running two cards at once.
I also went against my own personal judgment to go with 680i from all the stuff I had read up on it about memory controllers and eating memory but shrugged it off.
Fast forward a bit and now I am in a situation where I either have dead memory or a dead board as the OP stated in a spot to pickup a new board and here is my current thoughts.
1) 680i is garbage; you can read so many posts about people having exact issues I am having with this related to the memory controller either dying or killing memory; not good when you have memory like I have myself.
2) 780i is far to new to take any chances and gambles with and would rather not even bother until its been proven which will take up to a year.
3) I'm still a big fan of the 965 chipset but I know that it is a dying chipset being replaced by the P35 which has been proven to be a great chipset many times over.
4) X38 and X48 haven't really been tested much and has been kinda put on the back burner by P35 which is fine.
5) SLI? Really most people who say they will never do and those who do usually realize it was a waste of money.
So after all that ranting I'd say a good P35 board like the P5K-E would be a good choice right about now, but it also comes down to what is going to support the new Penryn Quads that will be coming out because from what I understand only the X48 and 780i will be supporting those :(
So which one do we pick???? WE NEED A NEW MOBO!!!!
I can get P5K-E or another board for pretty cheap so I'm not afraid to drop money on a board that I may not use in a few months.
Dont the new Penryn QX quads work with the P35 chipset? :sad:
Why wouldnt the other 1333 penryn quads work with it? Theyve said they wont work with the 680i but not heard anything else. I know it may different with the 1600 chips.
BTW:The P5K-E is pulling off some excellent overclocks with the current 1333 chips and I have seen a review of them at 525FSB.
read somewhere that DFI and ASUS were working/testing (no release to public yet) on beta bios to get the 680i to work with the new quads
searching the link right now
techPowerUp! News :: ASUS and DFI Add Penryn Support to 680i Boards
but others that use the 680i board from xfx,bfg and other manifacturer that used the nvidia reference design .. your screwed
well thats something
Well thats a ray of light for some 680i owners
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:whistle:
Maybe Intel are just messing about so they can force people to switch to more expensive x38,48 or P45 boards.
I'll just say this: ride the wave until the new mobos (780i/X48) are released. Then you'll be able to make your choice based on your preferences - your budget, SLI/Xfire, nVidia/Intel, RAID/no RAID. For the time being, I'll drop again a word for my favorite, cheapest, rock-solid, great overclocker of motherboard.
The Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L.
And if you still like it once the new boards are released, that board is compatible with the new CPUs...
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