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Asus A7N8X Deluxe or A7V8X-X KT400?

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June 26, 2003 5:38:39 AM

I can get A7V8X for $100 CDN less than A7N8X. Should I just go with A7V8X since Firewire and ATA is kinda unless for me?

Is A7V8X a realiable card?

And does Soundstorm chipset really produces sounds like Audigy? My friend has an A7N8X, and he told the sound not up to par with Audigy's.


Which mb will suit my setup up the best? I don't want to waste $ on features that I am not ever gonna use.


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$13 Floppy: 1.44MB Panasonic Floppy Drive (color:black)
$49 DVD-rom: LG 48x16x DVD ROM drive OEM (color: black)
$59 CD-writer: LG 52x24x52 IDE int CD Writer w/Software (color: black)
$119 Hard drive: Western Digital WD800JB 80.0GB 8MB HD
$135 CPU: AMD® Athlon™XP Barton 2500+(1.83GHz) w/333Mhz FSB 512K Box
$49 memmory: 2X PC2700 256MB 333Mhz 184pin DDR (Micron/Infineon)
$89 speaker: Creative Inspire 5.1 5200 5 Speakers w/subwoofer
$192 MSI (MS-8894-010) G4Ti4200-VTD8X 128MB DDR 8xAGP w/TV & VIVO
$149 Antec Sonata 17" Black ATX case w380 watt True power supply (8xbays)
$14 AOPEN Generic KB-858 WINDOWS KEYBOARD BLACK PS/2
$45 Logitech MX300 Optical Mouse(#930762)
$659 NEC 17" 1760V .26 1280x1024 LCD Black



thanx you very much again!
June 26, 2003 10:32:50 AM

I haven't heard any negative reviews about KT400. Via got slammed but good a year or so ago with problems in their earlier chipsets and when the nForce2 came to market they still hadn't recovered. I believe the KT400 to be a quality product even though I have no first hand experience with it.

That being said, the general concensus still seems to be to go with nForce2, especially with Ultra400 available.

Either way, I don't think you've made a huge mistake.

<i>It's always the one thing you never suspected.</i>
June 26, 2003 2:01:08 PM

I´d get a nForce2 MOBO. Not necessarily A7N8X. Get one w/ the features u want it is gonna worth
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June 26, 2003 2:03:22 PM

I've got the A7V8X mobo, but it isn't the vaule version (includes SATA RAID & Firewire). Although I've never used the IEEE 1394, I am using the SATA RAID. I haven't had any problems at all with this board. But I'm no longer satisfied with its performance; which is why I ordered the MSI K7N2 Delta-ILSR mobo. I would suggest going for the nForce2, you'll get Dual Channel DDR and you'll join the millions of people who already own an nForce2 board (which currently dominates AMD market for chipsets!). As for the sound, I know for a fact that SoundStorm uses less CPU as compaired to Audigy. But I'm not too sure about sound quality. Hopefully that helped a bit.

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June 27, 2003 3:10:13 PM

I have heard some bad reviews about the KT400 chipset. I was debating the issue a while ago on weather or not to go with the KT400 over the nForce2 chipset. Everyone I spoke with said to go for the nForce2.

Here were the main advantages outlined:
-400 CPU FSB support
-Full Dual DDR Support
-More stable
-Better performance
-Better Audio
-Outstanding graphics handling

The only downside I have to make note of is installation. It takes about an hour to install the chipset drivers once you have XP installed. Since XP has no mini-drivers for the nForce2 chipset the OS is EXTREMELY unstable until you get the chipset patches / drivers loaded. After that, it runs awsome.

I would recommend the nForce2 chipset over the KT400. The extra $$$ is worth it in the long run.
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