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October 27, 2008 4:15:09 PM

hi

im about to buy a new rig and i want to start with a solid mobo.


BIG question about the first one is does it support dual 16x or not, also its chip is older then my second pick but for the $2000 overall rig budget i need to make a smart decision, plus mobo must be for years just in case if i want to upgrade it a little.
1.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


the second mobo i newer and with x48 chip, on asus web it says that it is dual 16x so i wont ask this question. also this mobo is only 40 bucks more expensive its not much but if this mobo will eventlually overpower 1st pick why not.
2.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ps. also just to let you know this rig will be used for hardcore gaming

please im waiting for serious replies and thanks in advance

regards
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October 27, 2008 4:51:26 PM

roadrunner197069 said:
Both your picks run 16x x2



hmmm. cuz on asus web says that


"Crosslinx Technology
Delivering better game play without the bottleneck of x4 solutions
Crosslinx is an unique technology utilizing a dedicated controller to optimize PCIe allocation with dual x8 lanes(2nd & 3rd PCIex16 slot). Crosslinx eliminates the graphics data bottleneck found in other x16, x4 solutions. The result is unmatched graphics performance for smoother gameplay and maximum benchmark potential. "

October 27, 2008 5:22:57 PM

no, Roadrunner is correct. Maximus Extreme has 2 (16x) PCIe. check out this article from Anandtech on the Maximus Extreme:
http://www.anandtech.com/showdoc.aspx?i=3172&p=2

from the article:
"Any board that uses the x38 chipset is bound to have 2 X PCI-E 2.0 slots. ASUS has gone a step further and used a bridge chip to allow a third PCI-E 1.1 slot running at x8 speed. The exciting upshot for users is the potential to run Tri-Fire (future drivers permitting), albeit with the PCI-E slots running in 16x-16x-8x mode. The obvious side effect is this configuration leaves little room between the PCI-E slots. "

so you can run 2 at 16x
October 27, 2008 5:37:34 PM

Out of the two I would recommend the Rampage Extreme but I wouldn't choose either. I would choose the Rampage Formula instead with it's DDR2 support and much lower price tag, rather than the DDR3 of the two boards you chose. I have a Rampage Formula and couldn't be happier with it.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
October 27, 2008 8:08:15 PM

I pick.....

Neither!

Rampage Extreme and the Maximus Extreme are far over priced.

DDR3 is not worth the money on the 775 platform.

Maximus Extreme was replaced by the Rampage Formula, x38 vs newer X48.

P5E Deluxe is near mirror of a Rampage Formula. Will even use the Rampage's BIOS. Only difference is a couple of temp sensors from what Ive seen.
October 28, 2008 12:57:17 AM

ausch30 said:
Out of the two I would recommend the Rampage Extreme but I wouldn't choose either. I would choose the Rampage Formula instead with it's DDR2 support and much lower price tag, rather than the DDR3 of the two boards you chose. I have a Rampage Formula and couldn't be happier with it.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



so u saying there in not much of the difference in performance between ddr2 vs ddr3? = not worth the money??
October 28, 2008 1:00:47 AM

ps

what about this mobo ???

formula II

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

its on the new chipset p45, but the concern of my is with Memory Standard DDR2 1200 will be good enough or ddr21200 vs let say ddr2 2000 will have significant difference in performance????

thanx in advance
October 28, 2008 1:00:29 PM

no...there is not much difference between DDR2 and DDR3 real world performance. looking back I should have picked up the Maximus Formula instead of the Extreme board. I have DDR3-1800 and might see an extra 2-5% for a lot more $$. not worth it. for $50 you can get 2-2GB DDR2-800 chips...from what I can remember looking at the real world benchmarks there really wasn't much difference in DDR2-667 to DDR2-1200 either.
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