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March 3, 2005 5:37:57 PM

who has the best sli mb out there?

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March 3, 2005 6:54:37 PM

As far as performance goes, all of the SLI boards are within a couple of percent of each other. So, the best way to make the purchase decision is based on which mobo has the best combo of:
1. Features you <b>need</b>
2. Lowest price
3. Stability/product quality
and
4. Mfr. customer support

If you're just looking for which mobo is THE fastest of all the nF4 mobos, then I don't know. I personally don't have to have the mobo that is THE fastest - just the one with the best price/performance for my money.

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March 4, 2005 1:58:16 AM

hey thanks for the advice
which mb do you have?
i`m stuck between asus and dfi

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March 4, 2005 2:27:17 AM

I'm old school right now - Soyo SY-K7V Dragon Plus. Xp 1500+ with Palomino core. A few more dollars in my PC fund and the parts for my new system will be ordered. Right now it's looking like this:
Antec Sonata case
DFI Lanparty UT nF3 250
A64 3200+ (s754)
Samsung 16x DVDRW
Patriot PCD1G3200LLK
XFX 6600GT
Seagate 160GB, 7200.7 with NCQ model ST3160827AS

I think DFI is hard to beat in performance and the bundle in the retail box - gotta love the wrapped cables instead of the standard flat ones!


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March 4, 2005 2:28:46 AM

As you've noticed, I'm not even going s939, much less SLI. I like the perf of the s754 and don't think SLI is worth the money. JMHO :smile:

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March 4, 2005 2:30:51 AM

read some reviews, like <A HREF="http://www.anandtech.com/mb/showdoc.aspx?i=2358&p=21" target="_new">Anandtech</A> or <A HREF="http://www.hardocp.com/article.html?art=NzE0LDc=" target="_new">[H]ardOCP</A>, You should be stuck between MSI or DFI. Personally, i think the DFI is the choice for the extreme overclocker who is planning on extreme cooling methods, while the MSI is better for most other people. But either one is a good choice depending what is important for you.

[H] <i>"MSI has really got a winner on their hands with this board. If you’re looking to upgrade and want to take the Athlon64 socket 939 plunge, don’t even think about getting another board. This is the board to get. Period."</i>

Anandtech <i>"The Gold Editors Choice is jointly awarded to the MSI K8N Neo4/SLI Platinum for the combination of robust operation at stock speeds, top-notch overclocking abilities, and the best feature set and feature performance of the available SLI boards. An enthusiast may be happy with either the DFI SLI or the MSI SLI board, but buyers looking for the best feature set that truly enhances system performance will choose the MSI. The 2nd SATA2 controller, dual PCIe LAN, and hardware SoundBlaster Live! 24-bit are a standout combination in a crowded field of top-performing motherboards."</i>


Not bad conclusions huh? Most importantly, draw your own as it's a big purchase. Pricewise the MSI is only $178 at Zipzoomfly, while the DFI DR reviewed is $227.






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March 4, 2005 4:51:45 AM

yeah dfi is really looking good
especially if you want a tricked out case
with the glowing cables and such
but are the solid?

your system looks pretty good
i would prob go with 939 though
seems the way amd will be going in the future

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March 4, 2005 4:57:00 AM

well the msi was reviewed by toms and they said the pci-e ports were too close together.
as far as dfi,they are looking pretty good
i bought a video car once from msi and it really pissed me off
it was supossed to be agp 4x but i could never get it to work in 4x
and it was a ge-force series card my prior card was a tnt2
and i saw almost no difference in speed, so ever since then i`ve shunned msi

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March 4, 2005 6:25:36 AM

I've been planning on getting the DFI nf4 Ultra-D board for awhile, but just to compare does MSI have an equivalent board to the DFI nf4 Ultra-D board (i.e. non SLI)?

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March 4, 2005 12:28:34 PM

Your going to hold one video card issue against them forever? Oh well, at least there are still other good motherboards available.

Anyway, the funny thing with the Tom's review, is there is no K8N Diamond SLI motherboard for sale anywhere here that I see. That must have been a preproduction model or something, yet it is mentioned <A HREF="http://www.msi.com.tw/program/products/mainboard/mbd/pr..." target="_new">here</A>, so maybe it's a name used overseas.


<A HREF="http://www.msicomputer.com/product/p_spec.asp?model=K8N..." target="_new">Here is the K8N Neo4 Platinum SLI</A>




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March 4, 2005 12:34:14 PM

They do have a <A HREF="http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product..." target="_new">K8N Neo4 platinum</A> also that is NF4 Ultra. only name difference is they add SLI. Worth a look at least before buying. The DFI did have the SLI hack advantage for a while though and is still a great mobo.


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March 5, 2005 5:44:00 AM

Cool, thank you :smile:

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March 7, 2005 12:27:14 PM

do u have this MB
and is it good?

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March 7, 2005 10:05:39 PM

No, I have the MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum NF3Ultra AGP. Very pleased with that motherboard. It's been a rock, although my A64 3000+ only OC's to 2.35GHz on it, far short of <A HREF="http://www.anandtech.com/cpuchipsets/showdoc.aspx?i=224..." target="_new">Anands 2.6GHz</A>. I am basing my view of the K8N Neo4 platinum and SLI partially on my happiness with the Neo3, but moreso on the reviews those boards seem to be nailing all over. Hard to go wrong with the MSI unless you need the extra tweaks only available on the DFI's.



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<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by Pauldh on 03/19/05 01:28 AM.</EM></FONT></P>
March 8, 2005 2:48:37 AM

well to be quite honest i`m not looking to OC
and i probably won`t need raid or any communication hardware or onboard sound and the like so i should probably
go with a really vanilla MB that is solid

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March 17, 2005 6:20:53 AM

That's funny wusy. Where I live, the Asus Sli is the cheapest,and comes with the standard 3 year warranty, while DFI and MSI only give a 1 year warranty.
March 18, 2005 2:15:23 AM

thats what i`d like to know
all the big oem`s are using it
and it seems like a good MB
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