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  • SharkyForums.Com - Print: DDR motherboards - are they really worth it?

    DDR motherboards - are they really worth it?
    By IT_Slave August 16, 2001, 03:36 AM

    I was about to buy an Epox 8K7A when I happened to notice the ultra-cool looking MSI K7T Turbo Limited. I'm planning on modding the new case so it has a big appeal. But it's not a DDR board. Is the performance difference between the two really that significant? Looking at the comparisons made on Tom's Hardware Guide, it doesn't appear to be. They used a Geforce2 GTS and a 1ghz Athlon on the testing of the 133 boards, and a Geforce2 Ultra with a 1.2ghz Athlon on the DDR board test. The increase in performance seems to more correspond with the faster processor and video card than it does the DDR memory..

    The K7T also will carry over and support the Palomino just as the AMD 760/1 boards (most likely) will.. so am I really giving up that much by getting the KT133A board instead of the AMD760? I'm not planning on OCing.

    By Kaos August 16, 2001, 10:01 AM

    That is a nice looking board I noticed it when I went to mwave.com today looking around. I believe the AMD 761 chipset is more stable and gives greater performance. Also ddr memory is the same price so why not spend the same amount and get more performance. Another nice looking board out there is the cool blue gigabyte GA-7DXR, supports raid and ddr memory.

    By Kaos August 16, 2001, 10:26 AM

    Here is another link to for you to look over comparing kt133a vs. amd 760/1. http://www.anandtech.com/guides/showdoc.html?i=1386

    By BobyJo August 16, 2001, 06:42 PM

    I don't think the color of a mobo would be a good reason to buy that product. Some are electric blue, others are deep red. That has no revelance as to how this product performs. As of the past couple of months the Epox 8K7A has been the hardest mobo to find arround, mainly because of reviews on this mobo. Now it is the Gigabite (something) or the Abit (something). This sort of writting is exactly what the writers get paid to do. The Epox is a great mobo. I know because I know people that are using this product. You mainly do not hear much from the people that have an excellent product on the forums. Most of the people that post here have problems of some sort.

    By yngwie98 August 16, 2001, 11:12 PM

    Check out the ECS K7S5A as reviewed here http://accelenation.com/?doc=41&page=1
    and here http://www.ocworkbench.com/hardware/elite/k7s5a/k7s5ap1.htm
    While I've never had an ECS MB before,I'm about to order one for a friend. Can't beat it for the price.
    Also check out the reviews at Tom's Hardware http://www6.tomshardware.com/mainboard/index.html

    By minus200 August 17, 2001, 12:05 AM

    since you are buying a new board then YES
    if you were buying a MB just for DDR then NO

    By TAZTG August 17, 2001, 06:40 AM

    Check this article out from X-Bit..
    http://www.xbitlabs.com/mainboards/socketa-chipsets/

    SiS735 looks pretty good. Just a matter of waiting for Mobo's. There is so much new stuff coming out I would have to say wait a bit. Wait Wait damn I hate Waiting.. LOL


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