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ECS vs Abit (ATI XPRESS 200P vs NFORCE 4)

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August 9, 2006 11:08:07 PM

I am trying to decide which motherboard to get for a new AMD64 3800+ with an ATI X850XL video card.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductCompare.asp?SubCat...

Which motherboard do you think would be the better choice? Obviously the chipsets are the main difference.

Thanks for the help!
August 9, 2006 11:41:52 PM

I recomend going with the KN8, I have used a similar motherboard from Asus and am satisfied with its delivery. The chipsets wont make much of a difference, but the KN8 also has a gigabit lan while the RX480 has only 10/100. The price are about the same unless you are planing on getting rid of this system in a couple of months, get the KN8.
August 10, 2006 5:36:58 AM

thanks...anyone else have any input?
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August 10, 2006 6:49:23 AM

KN8
it also has RAID 0+1 your prob. never going to use it but its nice to know its there, has GbLAN onboard 6xUSB V.S. 4
and i trust Abit more then ECS
August 10, 2006 2:41:13 PM

KN8 for better BIOS support & overclocking
August 10, 2006 8:25:49 PM

I have a board with the xpress 200 chipset. It's not bad, but the SB400 wasn't up to par compared to the nforce chipsets. I would stick with the nforce. Other boards with the later South Bridge revisions are much better performance wise. The main dificulties are in USB support and the management of IDE/SATA data rates (slower compared to nforce 4, especially the USB).
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