I just figured I would contribute after about a month of reading all the useful info here... thanks to all that have helped..
What's the point of buying Intel Intel D975XBXLKR When the Abit http://www.abit-usa.com/products/mb/products.php?catego... does the Support and the Overclocking without having to pay premium prices of Intel Mobo.s What's the Features are not offered In AB9 PRO 200$cdn that D975XBXLKR can justify for 275$cdn??
Compare apples to apples - that AB9 Pro uses the 965P chipset.
mostly anything 965 above is full Conroe Supported now. No comparing them is like comparing Genetically Modified apples to Organic ones
That's not the point - the 965 is posistioned as a "mainstream" chiposet while the 975 is a "performance" option. While the 965 is supposed to have some advantages (I believe with memory handling), it lacks some of the features of 975 boards. Yet, you compare a 965 board to a 975 board and proclaim the AB9 Pro to be better because it is cheaper.
Point is, if you're going to compare based on price, you'd better be sure that the options provide similar functionality.
The i975X chipset has always supported Conroe. Intel's just been slow to update their information about Bad-Axe until they are sure that most/all of the boards currently on the market are the new VRM rev 304 type.
What I'd like Intel to officially confirm is 1333MHz FSB support, which is currently a hidden BIOS option. Official DDR2 800 and DDR2 1066 support would also be nice.