I'm just about to buy myself a new machine but I'm having some problems when it comes to deciding which motherboard I should go for. I've been reading some of tests through the internet but I'd like to ask your opion on this matter before spending my money, you know... just to be sure.
So, there goes the question: which motherboard would you buy? Intel D975XBX2 or Asus P5W DH Deluxe?
A lot of people recommended me Intel (which is more expensive than Asus - at least here in Brazil), but both of them have the same chipset so... is it really worth it?
Mmmmm, I had not heard about the Bad Axe loosing Bios settings but the Bad Axe 2 Bios code has been updated to the same base as all of the other Intel Broadwater (965) motherboards.
Also, if you want to go crazy with your DDR2 Voltage overvoltage Bad Axe 2 can go all the way to 2.8V not that I would recommend that but Intel addressed all of the overclocking limitations that came out in the review of the original Bad Axe.
I'm using a Bad Axe -302 board reworked to support both Conroe and Kentsfield processors and I'm running with a QX6700
Also, the Bad Axe 2 has the capability to be reworked to support the new 45nm Wolfdale processors.
i would save money on the board by getting a DS3 and spend the extra on another gig of ram. I don't know what is available to you in brazil or what features you are looking for in your board, but that is what i would do.
bkiserx7, actually, it's easier to find Asus and Gigabyte motherboards here than the Intel D975XBX2, for example (which was not hard to find at all, anyways). But I don't really know Gigabyte, man... never had one. That's why I was thinking about Intel or Asus (I've already had both of them and no big issues). I'm not a fan of Intel or Asus or whatever... just wanna stable machine. Would you recommend that DS3? I'll see if I can do some research on it.
To be honest, after this thread and after looking at some benchmarks I'm almost buying that P5W DH...
Oh, and by the way... don't think I'll overclock it
Thanks a lot one more time, people!
Well still, I would save some money and go with the P5B-E, P5B Deluxe, P5B Deluxe WiFi, or DS3 (see links). All very stable and single video card boards. The 965 chipset seems more to your liking since you wont be running crossfire. There is nothing wrong with the P5W DH Deluxe, as you can see I use it, but I'm goin to eBay it so I can get me a P5B-E with a e6400 or e6420 and overclock the heck out of it! Good article on BIOS of P5B HERE.