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  • Calin - Monday, August 08, 2005 - link

    Both ECS RS480-M and MSI Xpress 200 RS480M2-IL are Socket 939, only MSI Xpress 200 RS480M-IL is socket 754.
    While I would support having a special page with integrated graphics Athlon64 mainboards (both S754 and S939), having mainboards based on Socket 939 thrown together with mainboards based on Socket 754 seems counterproductive.
    I would buy such a mainboard provided it would have some kind of over/underclocking and under/overvoltage. But I think S754 would loose too much of its possible bandwidth to the integrated video, so I would prefer a Socket 939 board

    Calin
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  • xsilver - Sunday, August 07, 2005 - link

    how many people are hanging out for s939 semprons?
    itching to get one so I can bundle it together with my AGP board -- get rid of it and upgrade to PCI-E :)
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  • Calin - Monday, August 08, 2005 - link

    I wouldn't mind one, to use with a Socket 939 Radeon XPress board Reply
  • ariafrost - Saturday, August 06, 2005 - link

    I was on a budget for my college SFF rig so I went the s754 Sempron route - I got a x86-64 enable Sempron so it turned out good. The Semprons tend to clock up to 2.4-2.6GHz pretty easily too, so 'tis a good deal. :) Reply
  • Hacp - Saturday, August 06, 2005 - link

    Also, DOn't you need ddr667 memory for Intel? At least thats what all the boards say is the standars... I mean I wouldn't put ddr333 memory in AMD systems, so ddr667 memory is optimal for Intel Dual core isn't it?

    Cheapest DDR667=100 bucks btw..
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  • JarredWalton - Saturday, August 06, 2005 - link

    PC4200 is DDR2-533, which is quite a bit different from DDR-333. DDR-5300/5400 is DDR2-667, and not all motherboards support that properly. Even if they do, the performance benefit is negligible. DDR2-533 is perfectly sufficient unless you're going after ORB scores. Reply
  • Holysmoke36 - Saturday, August 06, 2005 - link

    I read the Ultra roundup and this board was not praised much at all.

    It was less than impressive if I remember right. Does anyone understand why the board is the pick here for 5 weeks in a row but in the roundup was not given good marks?

    Seems like the Epox that won the roundup would be the choice.

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  • Hacp - Saturday, August 06, 2005 - link

    maybe because these guides don't take overclockig into account.. They expect you to run at stock, and the Chaintech mobo is a good one to run at stock. Reply
  • Holysmoke36 - Saturday, August 06, 2005 - link

    sorry 5 Months in a row Reply
  • formulav8 - Saturday, August 06, 2005 - link

    I have to buy a s754 mobo and this will help alot :) Reply
  • justly - Saturday, August 06, 2005 - link

    I don’t see how this helped you at all. This guide lists maybe 6 socket 754 motherboards when Newegg alone lists 74 socket 754 moterboards on their web site. Reply
  • formulav8 - Saturday, August 06, 2005 - link

    I guess how I see it as helping me is using their pricing engine.

    It has helped me more so with my personl computer as I am using s754 and was thinking about doing a upgrade from a 3400+ Newcastle to hopefully(If my wife will let me) upgrade to the 3800+ X2 Dual Core cpu.



    Jason
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  • justly - Saturday, August 06, 2005 - link

    if the price engine helps you then great, but if thats all you need then there is always pricewatch and dealtime.

    I also got to thinking all the socket 754 boards listed in this guide are nForce 4 or ATi based, so really this guide helped you even less because all those are PCI-E not AGP (you did say a Radeon 9600 was going to be used, so you need AGP).
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  • formulav8 - Saturday, August 06, 2005 - link

    I wanted to mention, the mobo is not specifically for me, but it is for a customer. And she wants the cheapest 64 Bit possible, so I have to go with a s754 - 64 Bit Sempron cpu. She wants to play City of Hero's and this Sempron should do the job nicely, especially since her video card is only a 9600 Pro.



    Jason
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  • bldckstark - Monday, August 08, 2005 - link

    I needed this review too. I just bought an MSI NEO4 SLI and reading as the pick of the month makes me feel GOOD ;^) Reply

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