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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.

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

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).