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October 15, 2003 5:05:45 AM

i'l lbuy a mobo soon and i need to know: nvidia2 or kt600???

i was between an asus a7n8x-x (nv2) or a msi delta kt6 (ViA). Wich is the best for a barton 2500+ ??? should i gett 333 or 400 mhz memory? i'll mainly use the pc for gaming-mp3-divx.

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October 15, 2003 9:56:14 AM

nForce2 is better.

I recommend getting ABIT NF7 v2.0 (nForce2 Ultra400). I have very good experience with this mobo

If you overclock, then PC3200 CL2.0 is a must buy.

If you don't but have money to buy PC3200 CL2.0, I recommend it over PC2700 because it will be better for using with your next CPU

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October 15, 2003 10:26:00 AM

nForce2. There is no place on Earth that someone will recommend VIA over nVidia on AMD AthlonXP platform, except VIA based fansite/forum of course.

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October 15, 2003 4:00:37 PM

I read a post there may be an issue with Linux running on a nforce2 board. Is this true?
I was tossing between the Asus A7N8X, Abit NF7-S, EPOX, and Gigabyte GA-7NNXP. Obviously OC'ers love the ABIT. But the Gigabyte has a nice package deal.

I don't know if I would necessarily overclock, therefore the Gigabyte looks like a good value. Also- Why the HYPE over the Barton 2500. I've been reading SO many websites and everyone loves it. Why not the XP2700 or XP2800?
October 15, 2003 6:46:02 PM

its a lot better deal.

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October 16, 2003 12:08:22 AM

Overcloccker definitely love Abit better becasue of its superior overclockability which really head to head with Epox (the best overclocker) but is equipped with much more goodies. Gigabyte has the most features than any other nForce2 mobo but it's also the most expensive, and its overclockability is in question. Among the four mobo, I would definitely recommend Abit.
Barton 2500+ is one of the legendary overclocker of AthlonXP just like the Thoroughbred-B 1700+; when overclocked 2500+ can reach the speed of 3200+ without trouble, and a few people can even reach 2.4GHz or 2.5GHz with extreme cooling. With such ability and priced lower than 2700+ and 2800+, 2500+ of course is the pop star.

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October 16, 2003 1:32:44 AM

Possible advantages for the KT600, Linux support? async memory operation? price? It's a bit thin though, most of the advantages are with the nForce2.

There's minimal performance gain running PC3200 with a 333MHz FSB processor, especially with the nForce2.

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October 16, 2003 5:08:03 PM

Thanks for the rankings. I agree the Gigabyte is pricey. I think I confused it with the newegg Biostar M7NCD fro $57. But I would rank Biostar lower. And rather get a MSI or Aopen over the biostar.

Is it worth saving some money and going with a Thoroughbred-B 1700+? Which motherboard? (same ABIT) or is there a cheaper alternative.

Seems like you can't beat the value of an ABIT w/ Barton 2500. I love good quality at a good price :) 
October 16, 2003 7:07:41 PM

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I read a post there may be an issue with Linux running on a nforce2 board. Is this true?

No!

I am currently using an Athlon XP 1800+ @ 2.0GHz (in case anyone says next about overclocked CPUs on nForce2 .. anything is possible nowadays !!!), with agressive memory timings (2-2-2-6) on an Asus A7N8X Deluxe and SuSE Linux 8.2 Pro. And guess what? No problems whatsoever! Who is telling all this [-peep-]?!!!
October 17, 2003 12:35:29 AM

The Biostar mobo is micro-ATX format I believe, so it will be cheaper.
Thoroughbred-B 1700+ is the best legendary overclocker, it even overclocks better than Barton 2500+.

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October 17, 2003 3:05:18 PM

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Is it worth saving some money and going with a Thoroughbred-B 1700+? Which motherboard? (same ABIT) or is there a cheaper alternative.

If you're going to overclock then it's worth considering.. %-wise, the 1700+ can often get ~50% overclock, but a 2500+ is more likely to clock to a higher actual speed, therefore perform better, plus the 2500+ will perform better than a 1700+ at the same speed, due to the extra L2 cache.

On the mobo front, the Epox board is excellent for the money.

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Another thing on the 1700+ chips, ppl are finding there seems to be a lot of t-bred 'A' 1700+ chips about. If you ended up with one of those, you'd be dissapointed. (you'd be lucky to get over ~1.7Ghz with one)
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October 17, 2003 6:30:19 PM

There really isnt a huge performance difference between the KT600 and the nf2 mobos....the via mobos are a good bit cheaper....if you arent planning to overclock etc go with the via. It is a stable platform. There is just alot of via hating out here...

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October 17, 2003 9:33:18 PM

The kt600 is the poor-man's nforce2. I would still choose nforce2 since it performs much better.

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