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April 11, 2008 10:53:33 AM

Hi

Which X38 Motherboard should I Choose:

ASUS Maximus Formula Republic of Gamers

Or

Gigabyte GA-EX38-DS4

My demands are:
PCI Express 2.0
PC2 8500 (4GB)
fsb 1600Mhz

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April 11, 2008 11:56:23 AM

Out of the two I would pick the Asus Maximus Formula...but in reality, if you're going to do that why not just get the Rampage Formula. It cost neglibly more and officially supports 1600 FSB.

...and the Rampage Formula is X48
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April 11, 2008 11:58:48 AM

The ASUS is a monster

Just be aware, you can overclock a P35 motherboard to FSB1600, PCIe 2.0 isnt offering any performance boost and Nahlem is coming soon, aswell as P45 and X48 motherboards....

Dont touch the ASUS P5E btw....
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April 11, 2008 12:28:34 PM

All x38 boards are benchmarked to be just about exactly the same in overclocking abilities, unlike p35 boards. Pick the cheaper one.

X38 runs at 1600mhz fsb natively, can oc reliably to 2000+mhz, p35 runs at 1333mhz fsb natively, oc reliably to 1600mhz.

I brought GA-EX38-DS4 because it was $50 cheaper than other x38 boards at the time, and benched to be the same as rival Asus and Abit offerings. It use heavier heatsinks, although with fewer heatpipes.

OCed Q6600 to 4ghz with no nb overvolt, prime 95 stable for one hour. Tuned it back to 3.6 for day to day operation. No experience with Asus board, but it was benched to be the same, and should deliver similar performance.
April 11, 2008 12:43:57 PM

Maximus Formula is what i have....No regret with my board
April 11, 2008 12:56:25 PM

apache_lives said:
The ASUS is a monster

Just be aware, you can overclock a P35 motherboard to FSB1600, PCIe 2.0 isnt offering any performance boost and Nahlem is coming soon, aswell as P45 and X48 motherboards....

Dont touch the ASUS P5E btw....


My maximus can do FSB 1800 with an e8400 lol.
Plus the fact that it has so many more features to me makes it a board I really enjoy.
There are so many ways you can mod it from there to go even crazier.

Of course I am not taking anything away fromt he p35, but I would prefer the maximus with the x38.

The rampage with the x48 has very little different from the maximus formula, but I am hearing from some that is is a great performer too. But I really wonder whether the x48 is a different chip at all. I haven't read much about it since I don't have it and currently don't care, but all indications i get is that it's good.


April 11, 2008 12:59:49 PM

Umm, P35 board OC just fine not sure what your on about dagger boy. And I'll put my P35 up against any x38 or x48 in an OC contest with my Q6600. I have no fear because the CPU is by far the limiting factor.

Asus Blitz Formula owner.
April 11, 2008 11:35:51 PM

bydesign said:
Umm, P35 board OC just fine not sure what your on about dagger boy. And I'll put my P35 up against any x38 or x48 in an OC contest with my Q6600. I have no fear because the CPU is by far the limiting factor.

Asus Blitz Formula owner.

The thread starter asked for a x38 board. Please don't try to prop up whatever you have so you feel better about your purchase. Please bare in mind the best interest of the thread starter seeking advice, and put your own ego aside.

A repeat of the facts:
X38 runs at 1600mhz fsb natively, can oc reliably to 2000+mhz, p35 runs at 1333mhz fsb natively, oc reliably to 1600mhz. FSB ratings of 1600mhz for x38 and 1333mhz for p35, both native, without oc, are hard specs and beyond doubt. OC fsb clocks of 2000+mhz for x38 and 1600mhz for p35 are based on existing benchmarks, which should be reliable, but still open to question.

fsb/cpu clock calculation: Hard specs, beyond doubt.
1600mhz fsb = 4x400 -> 8x400 = 3.2ghz in Q9450.

Also, please don't assume everyone on the internet is male. It's rather condenscending to be taken for a guy. :p 
April 12, 2008 12:33:32 AM

If your going Raid, definitely not a p35 board, their ICH9 chipset caps transfer rates at 80MB/s. The Asus P5E3 Deluxe is a solid mobo right along side the Maximus.
April 12, 2008 1:18:01 AM

I'll throw the Abit IX38 out here too. Been helping a guy a work with his build, and I must say I'm impressed. No problems what so ever, booted right up with a Quad and Muskin ram.
April 12, 2008 2:31:05 AM

@Dagger girl

I did have the OP in mind unless an X38 is cheaper than a P35 the P35 is a better buy. They also use much less power and generate far less heat which is always plus.

Apologies for the gender thing, "dagger" just doesn't invoke a feminine image. No jab here but I of think troubled unhappy younger male personality INTJ.
April 12, 2008 4:21:01 PM

bydesign said:
@Dagger girl

I did have the OP in mind unless an X38 is cheaper than a P35 the P35 is a better buy. They also use much less power and generate far less heat which is always plus.

Apologies for the gender thing, "dagger" just doesn't invoke a feminine image. No jab here but I of think troubled unhappy younger male personality INTJ.



Disgard the "They also use much less power and generate far less heat which is always plus" part. It's a lie. :p 
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