i will be building a new computer on probably P4 2.0A .. but i haven;t been able to figure out which chipset to use.. u all know the contenders.. first i thought abt going with SiS 645 build by ASUS.. but i haven;t been able to find any reviews abt it.. but i m eager abt it.. the comes ABiT i850 chipset and also ASUS i850 chipset board both have good reviews and can clock to 133MHz with RDRAM.. and with RDRAM prices almost equal i think going with RDRAM route isn;t much more expensive and they sure have good overclockabilty with respect to PC2700 which i don;t think will overclock much... and the comes i845D chipset.. its only positive point is great stability... so wot do u think is the best chipset. for P4 at this current moment.. i won;t be stretching the limits in overclocking... but i do need a 99.9999999% stable system.. and which motherboard manufacturer to go with... ASUS is my fav. although haven;t used them before..
p.s please don;t suggest me Athlon XP
Read a review at gamepc of 3 or 4 Pentium 4 motherboards, and decide for yourself. New boards are coming out every week with the sis 645 chipset. I think it would be a better deal, as you don't have to use the ddram in pairs like rambus. Also, look for a slower version of the northwood (512k cache), which might be offered soon in the us market. A Japanese website had an article about them.
Here's a quick guide
845 and 845D: Avoid these. They are the worst performers and are pretty scant on features.
850: A decent chipset, one of the best performers and the most stable. The most expensive as well.
SIS 645: The fastest chipset (when equipped with PC2700 RAM), not quite as stable as the 850 but still very good.
VIA P4X266A: Offers the most features and a good performer, but probably the least stable (although not by much). Beaten by the 850 and PC2700 SIS 645, but smokes the 845 and 845D.
Sucks coming in on your day off, but ill be gone next week too and I had to get some stuff shipped out. Anyway, here is my results from some of my testing on the above mentioned platforms. Yes I have had a chance to play with them to the extent of almost breaking them.
First off, all 3 platforms accept the Northwood out of the box. so you dont have to worry about compatability.
845D is not released yet, and is the DDR version of the 845 chipset.
The regular i845 chipset is SDR version, it is the slowest chipset of the bunch. but it is extreamly stable.
lol, Fugger compares the boards with just 3DMark2001, lol. Sorry, but one benchmark isn't enough to support your claims Fugger! Also, how do we know that you didn't underclock the GeForce3 for the Sis645 test? You haven't shown us your exact test systems.
AMD technology + Intel technology = Intel/AMD Pentathlon IV; the <b>ULTIMATE</b> PC processor
I would either go for a DDR333 based chipset like the SiS645S2 or a RDRAM based chipset like the Intel i850. 2x128MB Samsung PC800 RDRAM is only about 10$ more expensive than 256MB PC2700 DDR RAM. At present I'm not sure which of the two chipsets perform best once overclocked to the limit, but from what I've read, the i850 will probably benefit most from FSB overclocking. We'll have to wait a couple of weeks or so to see some reviews on the matter.
Good i850 based boards with Socket 478 are ASUS PT4-E and Abit TH7-II. The latter is rather expensive, but a very good overclockers board, maybe a tad better than the ASUS PT4-E, but not necessarily worth the extra about 30$.
You have adventage of 115 mghz for your cpu.Also a newer MOBO.
I have a adventage of 16 mghz in the Core speed of my graphic card.I been able to hit 301.XX of core speed it very good for a OEM version.