I upgraded form the Asus A8n-sli D (dual core) to Asus M4A79T D BE 555 Quad
Both builds worked ok however I noticed the newer AM3 board
was a real slow boot up - ie 1.5 minutes plus.
Called Asus - they said that is due to the initialization of the cores and other board related activists, 20-30 seconds is just not possible. You will always notice a slower boot as you increase number of cores.
The AM3 board approximately matched my 939 Board for "general" performance
(no gaming) MS word, Firefox etc
I am using XP pro Sp2. - (have WIn7 but did not see a speed difference. )
So I went back to the 939 with a FX-60 OC chip and it works great but as always would like a little more speed. I'm only at 2.8 Mhz stable. OCZ memory 2-2 etc
I have a 20 second tweaked boot up on the 939 board (A8n-sli), and it responds fast.
I have read an article by Microsoft that they have built a 20 or 30 second boot machine using Win7 and the intel cpu - ie believe dual or quad cores, and a Gigabyte board. (Maximum pc)
Until readying this I did not think this was possible.
Is there a fast(er) booting AMD motherboard or Intel motherboard that you can recommend?
I prefer that AMD series, and what cpu model? OS/