You can very well use the CPU on the board, in fact you have the 533 MHZ FSB capability of the board as a later upgrade option.
The firewire ports on the EXP are certainly a good option since there are a lot of peripherals coming up with firewire interface, which are at the moment a bit expensive. But nevertheless its a good feature to have right up.
Although the board has RAID ports if you wish to setup RAID array, else they stay there again, as a upgrade option. You still have a separate regular pair of ATA/133 IDE controller for normal use. As such there is no performance benefit for yor single hard disk setup.
I guess maybe the RAID controller and Firewire ports are somewhat overkill for your setup, you can save some money by skipping those.
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Boy do I need a <i>disclaimer</i> for my every word?
Just in case you want to know, I don't know if you have the processor now or if you are ordering it with the mobo. Intel is dropping prices by as much as 63% on their 2.53/533 processor and slashing prices on the other processors. So if you want to wait until the 1st of September you will be able to throw in a 533 fsb processor and it may be even cheaper or cost the same anmount as what you are paying for that processor. I heard that the 2.4 Ghz/533 fsb may drop to around $170.00-$200.00 U.S on September 1st.
<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by BigBiggist on 08/08/02 12:25 PM.</EM></FONT></P>
I've got a related question.
I've seen a couple Tom's Hardware reviews referencing the Gigabyte 8IGXP. Where is this MB?? GB dosen't list it on their website and I can't find any other references to it.
That's a possibility but I don't think so.
The review clearly states that the GXP board includes onboard RAID whereas the specs for the GX do not. (Hence the "P")
I'm just wondering if the board has been released somewhere other than the US for evaluation purposes.
if you didn't buy your mainboard and prosessor yet forget about it. Buy a AMD 1800+ and a Msi mainboard.
In benchmarks AMD 1800+ has a place between Intel 2000A (533Mhz) and 2000(400Mhz). Do you know where is the great difference. PRICE! AMD 1800+ costs about 105$ and MSI KT3 ULTRA-ARU (promise raid chip, 4usb1.1 ports, 4 (four) usb2.0 ports and 5.1 sound card with digital out) costs 110$
So don't let Intel steal your money.
Please either delete your post or edit it. We don't need people fight over what someone should buy or not. If someone wants to buy an Intel system it's ok. AMD is not going to give out any special bonuses for you converting people. We are trying to clean this forum up. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
So is this price drop on the 1st sept going to happen for sure??? or is it still just a rumor?? Please PM me if you know cos I was going to buy s sys in a few days, but if this is going to happen i can wait till the 1st sept. Thanks
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Um, actually, thats NOT true. If you do not have a RAID controller, the 845E and G, do NOT support ATA133. They only support ATA100, so even with just one drive, it may be worth getting the RAID chip (if you plan on using the faster drives now, or in the future).
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