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  • SharkyForums.Com - Print: Best new DDR board? There's so many!!!!!

    Best new DDR board? There's so many!!!!!
    By J2D2 May 30, 2001, 12:25 AM


    I'm gonna have pretty good system by the time I'm finished building it. I'll have a 1.333 T-bird, 256 megs of Micron PC2100, and a Geforce 2 Ultra. The only problem is that my damn head is about to explode from reading so many reviews on motherboads!! I'm
    leaning towards an Asus A7M266 and I almost ordered one today but then I read about the Abit KG7 that's about to come out and now I can't make up my mind. I want the fastest and most stable board I can buy. I don't really care about overclocking features. Should I go Asus or Abit? I read about the SIS-735 chipset but it doesn't look like that's gonna be availible any time soon and I want to finish this system in the next 2-3 weeks.

    By Zakath15 May 30, 2001, 01:02 AM

    I'm kind of in the same boat... I'm excited about either the Epox 8K7A or the Abit. I'm gonna have to wait for a while before I can get anything, so I'll just keep checking out reviews. They both look like awesome boards!!! (dunno about the Abit's performance yet, hehe.) Good luck!

    By J2D2 May 30, 2001, 01:31 AM

    Abit and Asus seem to make the faster boards most of the time, that's why I think I'm gonna get one of those. People are talking like the 761 chipset is gonna be obsolete in a few months but I don't think that's the case at all. It seems to be the fastest mb you can get for a 266fsb T-bird right now and I don't wanna wait for that new SIS chipset to come out. I've never been real impressed by any SIS product and even if that new 735 chipset is a small % faster than the AMD 761 I still don't know if I trust SIS enough to buy one.

    By Krivanka May 30, 2001, 03:00 AM

    i saw the press release on abit's site but is there a date that we will actually be able to buy the KG7?

    By AMD Soldier May 30, 2001, 03:47 AM

    So far the FIC AD11 is the fastest DDR mobo out there.

    I also just ordered one and am expecting to get 1 tomorrow.

    By CKY May 30, 2001, 07:54 AM

    quote:Originally posted by AMD Soldier:
    So far the FIC AD11 is the fastest DDR mobo out there.

    I also just ordered one and am expecting to get 1 tomorrow.

    Correction, So far the FIC AD11 [bold]WAS[/bold] the fastest DDR mobo out there.
    The epox 8K7A+ is the fastest out there.

    By CKY May 30, 2001, 07:55 AM

    quote:Originally posted by AMD Soldier:
    So far the FIC AD11 is the fastest DDR mobo out there.

    I also just ordered one and am expecting to get 1 tomorrow.

    lol, you dont even have it yet.......
    How do you know its the fastest?

    By Crab Meat May 30, 2001, 08:31 AM

    I have read everywhere that the Giga-Byte GA-7DX is extremely stable, and I already have one ordered.

    By CKY May 30, 2001, 10:28 AM

    Let us know what your benchmarks are for the gigabyte. I will never go back to gigabyte after they f@cked me over on a board that went bad. Horrible CS.

    By toonzwile May 30, 2001, 11:26 AM

    quote:Originally posted by Krivanka:
    i saw the press release on abit's site but is there a date that we will actually be able to buy the KG7?

    Speaking of dates, did u notice that the bold date on the beginning of the PR says May 29, 2000? Hehe...

    By BobyJo May 30, 2001, 03:34 PM

    I will recommend the A7M266, this is the most stable, fastest mobo I have ever owned. It is not for the OC'ers, since the AMD761chipset tweaks the memory very tight and, it does not have multiplyer adjustments at all. I didn't purchase this mobo to OC, I want something that will perform, in gaming, photo editing, and business software without any problems. The new Abit is out now, it is a carbon copy of the ASUS with some additions, ie raid/4 hd, and they utilize the softmenue 111, which I do not know if the multiplyer adjustments are included in thier bios or not. I read the specks but it did not say specifically yes or no.

    By J2D2 May 30, 2001, 04:45 PM

    I know I'm gonna sound stupid for asking this but what exactly does RAID do? I know it has something to do with running multiple hard drives but can anyone explain it a little better and give an example of how it benefits. Also I noticed that the new Abit doesn't come with an AGP pro slot. Kind of surprising considering that almost all of the new mb are shipping with pro slots now. Does anyone think that makes a difference? I haven't heard of any video card coming out in the near future that requires one but you never know.

    By J2D2 May 30, 2001, 11:11 PM

    any thoughts?

    By AMD Soldier May 31, 2001, 02:16 AM

    Sorry guys the FIC AD11 IS the fastest overall mobo out there. FACT.
    http://www.digit-life.com/articles/roundup0105/index.html

    There are more links, but this one is good enough..

    By AMD Soldier May 31, 2001, 02:17 AM

    Also it can be had for $114 at newegg.com

    BTW I'm getting mine tomorrow! (god knows I love the internet tracking system)

    By Anti_Ps2 May 31, 2001, 03:33 AM

    AMDSoldier, fact? Well that depends on who you want to believe.

    I saw that comparison you posted about a month ago. That leads me to believe that they tested a "preproduction" aka reference, 8k7a. I could be wrong tho...
    http://www.socketa.com/reviews/epox/8k7a+sr/2.shtml

    By CKY May 31, 2001, 08:13 AM

    He is biased towards a board he doesnt even own.
    FIC is known for making cheap mobos (literally), although they might have changed, I doubt it. Its for that reason that I wont buy it, that and the fact that its slower than mine.

    By BobyJo May 31, 2001, 08:39 AM

    I still recommend the A7M266 by ASUS. The reviews state it is the best in gaming, business apps, photo editing, etc. Not for the OC'ers very much though. www.gotapex.com Darth's Deathmatch of DDR motherboards compares all, with actual benchmarks, www.midnightcafe.com has a complete review on this mobo. These are only 2 out of many, they ALL state the ASUS is the very best. This board is expensive and a little hard to find, but worth it.


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