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Old Sep 12, 2003, 03:04 PM   #1
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I just purchased an Athlon XP 2600+ with 333MHZ FSB to put in may Asus A7V333 rev1.01 mb, and it is overclocking my PCI bus to 42MHz. So I guess I will have to buy a new mb.
I´m thinking on the Asus A7V8X-X because it is cheapper. I don´t need raid, SATA, etc. I just want a stable and good mb that supports my new processor. I will not return it because it is too difficult.
Do you think it is a good replacement for my A7V333? Or do you think I should save and get an A7N8x or an A7V600???
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Old Sep 12, 2003, 03:28 PM   #2
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Abit nf7-s 2.0
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Old Sep 12, 2003, 04:04 PM   #3
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I´ll check this out... thanks
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Old Sep 12, 2003, 06:23 PM   #4
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Definatly the Abit NF7-S if you want to overclock and want alot of features. If you just want a board with basic feature and good base performance, the A7N8X-X.

The A7N8X-X is the "value" version of the Nforce2 lineup, basic features, nothing fancy. Whereas the NF7-S is one of the "enthusiast" boards, everything you could want minus IGP or a 2nd LAN, and plenty of BIOS options for tweaking.

Strangely enough, the value nforce2 boards tend to be a better performer at stock speeds when the RAM isn't stressed (it only has single channel capabilities, not dual channel). But once you get into something RAM intensive, the extra bandwidth provided by dual channel on the more expensive boards is a good helper.
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Old Sep 13, 2003, 02:20 AM   #5
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If I understand right, the extra bandwith provided by dual-channel mb is worth it. Are only A7N8X motherboards dual-channel compatible? What do you think about A7V600? I´m between these two: A7N8X and A7V600.
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this is my first system with Abit and amd. ABIT board seems to be very feature-full when it comes to overclocking options.
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Old Sep 13, 2003, 03:59 AM   #7
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Just got my nf7-s, first abit board also... I am very pleased My only complaint is that its too fast for my memory!
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If you like cheap + excellent performance go for the 8RDA+.
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I like the price of this last one. Thanks.
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So you're buying an 8RDA+?
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Well, the place I'll buy it the 8RDA+ is 163 dollars and the MSI k7N2 Delta-L is 152 dollars. So I am a bit confused. I read at tom's website that the MSI is a good performer. In your place, what would you get?

PS- I'm from Brazil, so don't be scared with the prices.
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i have the msi. No problems; everything works. good board.
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I think they will both perform about the same. The epox probably has mor OC features.

Never owned an epox but had a few MSI and was happy with all of them (except for OC)
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I built a computer for a cousin with 8RDA+ and 2500+ plus and everything went well. Stable at 200x11.5 or 11, 1.750v, 60C with default hsf that came with 2500+.
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So be it. I´ll choose between these two. Monday I´ll go shopping. Thanks for the help guys!
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