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April 25, 2007 3:21:11 PM

OK, here's my situation:

I have a MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum board currently. I'm looking for a graphics upgrade from my ancient 9800pro. The way I see it, I have 2 options:

1. Keep current motherboard and buy an x1950pro.

2. Buy an new motherboard and buy a PCIe card.

Now, I see the advantages of the #2 option, so I will probably go with that one. However, I need to find a motherboard that can run at high bus speeds: around 340 or so.

Does anyone know of a good motherboard that will reach bus speeds of 340 stable that has a price of less than $100?

SLi/crossfire is NOT necessary.
Thanks all.

More about : mobo socket 939

April 25, 2007 3:46:03 PM

Your choice of the 2 best I've used.

DFI
or
Sapphire



imo, teh CFX3200 from DFI is my choice...solid, excellent features and able to maintain a stable high FSB
April 25, 2007 6:36:17 PM

What model of Sapphire board?

Does anyone else have an opinion on this?
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April 25, 2007 9:13:43 PM

RX or RD series for Sapphire....

one with either the SB450 or 480 southbridge
April 26, 2007 2:16:34 AM

DFI's are always known for their oc ability....but I'm wondering the diffrence between the UT and the DR?
April 26, 2007 2:57:39 PM

The DFI Lanparty NF4-Ultra is among the best s939 boards, its a bit out of your price range, but well worth it if your serious about OC'ing. If you shop around you can find them in the $130 range and you could prolly snag one on ebay for $100. What cpu are you using??
April 26, 2007 3:27:08 PM

My DFI will hit over 300, but it costs more than $100 and is becoming harder to find.
April 26, 2007 3:42:02 PM

I have this one Abit KN-8 ultra KN8 and if I remember correctly you can get the bus as high as 450 in the bios. Mine is very stalbe oc at 2.5 with my new cpu.
April 26, 2007 4:02:22 PM

i own an asus A8NE --nvidia nforce 4 ultra 8 channel audio gigabit ethernet etc with 10 usb 2.0 ports sata 2 support for less than 80$(approx --in india its less than 70$)
this board is damn stable and overclocks like hell.the bios is full of overclocking options--and in my opinion this board overclocks better than an A8N sli board.
i pushed my 3000+ from 1.8ghz to 2.3ghz without any trouble with the stock heatsink fan.
here's the link: http://www.asus.com/products.aspx?l1=3&l2=15&l3=171&l4=...

i used it for 2 years and i am getting an opteron(dual core)for my board.
April 26, 2007 4:05:35 PM

If I may ... I had the A8NE had to rma it because it wouldn't work with my seagate sata2 drive and the KN8 does not have this problem.
April 26, 2007 4:08:46 PM

i think a bios upgrade takes care of it.

anyways i saw this sapphire board with an ati chipset dunno the model number but was a good board.
April 26, 2007 4:38:57 PM

Asus? bah... NB fan's die quickly on the A8N models....
April 26, 2007 5:12:41 PM

Option 2:
i have tested some 939 mobos (ASUS A8N-SLI, MSI Neo2/Neo4, DFI Lan Party Ultra,...)& i never been more happy than now!
MSI K8N Diamond Plus, why?
1- Awesome OCing, why?
Believe it or not i can have Completely STABLE 3.05GHz CPU with 1.55v(couldn't reach this far with previews motherboards), but my CPU cooler can't handle the temp at that high voltage(temps go above 49c), so i have to leave it here at 2.7GHz(1.425v) (still can easily reach 2.8GHz with +0.075v but i see no difference in gaming then i found that the sweet spot for my CPU is 2700MHz). :twisted:
2- Supports high Voltage for CPU & memory (Overclocking never been easier).
3- On board Creative Sound Blaster Audigy SE 24Bit. Awesome! :twisted:
4- MSI Heatpipe design very cool & very quiet.
5- Some External S-ATA connector & 1394 (it's important for me).
6- Two 16x PCI-E slot.(Hmmm...yes it's not that important)
i just had some problem with memory overheating & it solved by buying an 20$ OCZ XTC Memory Cooler.
one word in my opinion :
Diamond Plus is the best socket 939 motherboard! 8)
April 26, 2007 5:47:22 PM

well im not sure what the price is now, but my current mobo oced very nicely im currently at 324 or something, but i had my opty running fine at 3.0 Ghz at like 1.425 volts. and there are no fans on mine so it wont ever die because of a stupid fan. but i know it will do 350 since i took it there. but right now because its been hot here in san diego, ive been running at 2.88Ghz.
April 26, 2007 6:15:40 PM


I bet your right, but I would just like to get some more opinions first, no offense! :) 

Adam, how are the raid features on that board? How easy was it to overclock, really? (Remember that I only have 9x multiplier) What was the highest bus speed you could hit?

Anyone have experience with the DFI LANPARTY UT NF4 SLI-DR Expert AND the DFI LANPARTY UT CFX3200-DR?

Thanks again.
April 26, 2007 6:43:05 PM

DFI NF4 Ultra-D with a pencil mod = SLI

and the DFI CFX3200, what were you curious about?


and 3ghz @ 1.425 vols? what kinda of cooling are you using??
what opty model? what are the steppings, I'm interested for comparison
April 26, 2007 6:54:59 PM

Ive' been looking at the DFI DR expert for awhile,whats the big diffrence between the DR and UT?The expert is the way to go(from my readings),but I'm curious about the UT anyone?
April 26, 2007 6:56:27 PM

hey its an opty 165 CCBBE 0617, and i have a Zalman 9500LED just like i said in my sig. But with summer coming along, its running to hot, im looking at getting switech 120 Extreme, so i can run 3.0 3.1 somwhere in there. right now im idleing at like 38 with cpu fan at 45% max temp ive ever seen was 59 at 100% cpu fan.

o and anything from DFI all the lanparty mobos oc really nice, i just happened to get lucky twice, i had an msi K8N Neo4/SLI plantmium sunning at 240 with an X2 3800 @ 2.4 running amazing, undervolted and everything. So now i have my asus and opty oced like mad. very happy with that new egg purchase.
April 26, 2007 7:23:50 PM

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DFI NF4 Ultra-D with a pencil mod = SLI


Can you find this anywhere? I'm not really interested in SLI, but the reviews I have found point to high bus speeds, and thats what I need.

Quote:
and the DFI CFX3200, what were you curious about?


I just wanted an opinion. Is it worth the extra $20 to go to the CFX3200 vs the NF4 SLI-DR board? How are the RAID options?


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and 3ghz @ 1.425 vols? what kinda of cooling are you using??
what opty model? what are the steppings, I'm interested for comparison


I was able to make my opty run at about the same speed with the same voltage. I have a LCB9E stepping....which apparently is the newest one. (Some people say that it sucks, but personally I've had good luck. *knocks on wood*) Using stock 4 pipe AMD cooler, but I plan on a thermalright ultra 120 sooner or later.
April 26, 2007 8:17:40 PM

yea the stock 4 pipe is really really nice, im now running it on my moms 3500 no oc, and it keeps it nice and cool and quiet. im using speed fan to control fan speeds on both computers, works real nice. the ultra 120 is really really nice, or the turniq tower is good, the only problem i would have is that on my asus mobo, the mounting bracket faces the wrong way so the fan would be up and down not side to side... so thats why im looking to run water, and also for the better OC...
April 26, 2007 8:30:02 PM

Thermalright sells an S bracket for the Ultra 120 for $5 on their site.
April 26, 2007 8:33:52 PM

hmm, didnt know that, something to consiter... cuz the zalman just cant cool it enough...
April 26, 2007 8:48:00 PM


I bet your right, but I would just like to get some more opinions first, no offense! :) 

Adam, how are the raid features on that board? How easy was it to overclock, really? (Remember that I only have 9x multiplier) What was the highest bus speed you could hit?

Anyone have experience with the DFI LANPARTY UT NF4 SLI-DR Expert AND the DFI LANPARTY UT CFX3200-DR?

Thanks again.

No offense taken. The highest that I have had mine is 310 and I'm pretty sure my Opty 170 was stopping me there. The overclocking part was easy, the difficult part was setting all the timings. The system kept locking up on me while installing windows. I just did some research and found someone with the same memory that I have and mimicked their settings. I have not yet used the RAID, but plan on it soon.

Specification
o Mfr Part Number: LAN PARTY UT NF4 SLI-DR EXPERT
o CPU: Socket 939 supports AMD® Athlon 64 X2 / Athlon 64 FX / Athlon 64 / Sempron; FSB 2000MT/s HyperTransport interface
o Chipset: nVidia nForce4 SLI
o Memory: 4x 184-pin DDR SDRAM DIMM sockets support DDR 266/333/400 upto 4GB
o Slots: 2x PCI Express x16; 1x PCI Express x1; 1x PCI Express x4; 3x PCI
o IDE/SATA: 2x IDE connectors support 4 UltraDMA 133 devices; 4x Serial ATA II, support RAID 0, 1, 0+1 and JBOD; 4x Serial ATA 150, support RAID 0, 1, 0+1 and 5 (Supported by Silicon Image Sil 3114 chip)
o Audio: Realtek ALC850 8-channel AC97 audio CODEC
o LAN: Dual Gigabit LAN - Vitesse VSC8201 Gigabit Phy and Marvell 88E8001 Gigabit PCI, Fully compliant to IEEE 802.3 (10BASE-T), 802.3u (100BASE-TX) and 802.3ab (1000BASE-T) standards
o Ports: 10x USB 2.0/1.1 (4 by headers); 2x IEEE 1394; 2x RJ45 LAN; 2x mini-DIN-6 PS/2
o Form Factor: ATX, 9.45 x 12 inch/ 24 x 30.5 cm
o Package: Retail
April 26, 2007 10:11:09 PM

3200 worth the extra $20??

provided you know what your doing.... indeed it is.

Raid options... no worse than the UT or DR counterpart, I really
couldnt tell any difference between it or the other 939 boards I've used.

The Ultra-D I have let me go to 3200mhz on my Opty 148. Cacje, I believe...week 26 if I remember right

More specifically 9x365... However I did remove the stock NB fan and did a nice AS application. that was on water though, I made 3ghz on air using a Typhoon. The same board got me 2800mhz on a 3200+ Venice (never tried the 3200 with the DFI and I never used the 4000+ with it either)

in the right hands though, that 3200 should best that..... again, its all you
April 27, 2007 1:56:05 AM

Just to keep my options open.....

Does anyone know which x1950pro AGP cards are good and which ones aren't? I mean, reliability and performance wise.

Thanks again.
April 27, 2007 2:10:12 AM

there all pretty much tight to spec; I've not had a single company (aside from visiontek and chaintec) other than those two, aside from warranty, support and couple minor details, there isnt much that distinguishes them.
April 27, 2007 1:40:34 PM

i pushed my brand new dual core opteron 175 --2.2ghz-- to--2.5ghz i got a generic psu but then its 4 hour(!) old cpu and my asus A8NE can push it all the way with a better psu.
so raven_87 my asus aint a bad board and about the sata 2 support i got myself a 250 gb seagate sata 2 --running perfectly!!
also my motherboard's chipset fan never died!!! and its 2 years old!!!
April 27, 2007 2:40:21 PM

I'm not saying its a bad board, but by far not the best he could pick up.
the A8N i had, NB fan died in 7 months, and many other have experienced the same issue.

A good PSU is essential to an excellent overclock.

btw: make 3ghz on that 175 and then we'll talk....
April 27, 2007 3:34:09 PM

hmm a challenge!!
3ghz is reachable but with a new psu.must save cash for one.
antec/thermaltake--which one do you recommend?
April 27, 2007 6:32:16 PM

both are good... i personally have an antec love it, have 2 actully, but thermake has been making a good name for them selves... so its up 2 you, i personally really love my antec power supplies...
April 27, 2007 11:49:36 PM

Well, the rig I did 3ghz on *twice ahem*; I was using a TT 700watt tough power
April 29, 2007 12:00:36 AM

im using an antec NeoHE 430 watt
April 29, 2007 12:04:25 AM

then your just getting by....
!