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  1. #1
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    Best motherboard

    I'm going to upgrade my 2100xp epoch nforce2, which is o/c to2.30.
    I want to get a Venice 3500 and get into the 64 bit.
    I see the o/cing has changed a bunch since since we were modding the nf2's.
    I wanted to know what board is the best to overclock, Epoch was about the
    best with nf2 I thought. I would appreciate any views on this.
    I know I don't need the extra speed but I love to squeeze all I can get from
    my pc. Thanks for any Ideas Pallmall

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    Re: Best motherboard

    I assume you mean EPoX?

    DFI NF4 series are probably the best overclocking boards there are, but can be a real pain to setup. (Altough i've never had an easier system, plenty of people can tell u their horror stories. ) Of course if you go nForce4 you also need a PCI-E gfx card.
    Overclocking system:
    ASUS Rampage Formula (BIOS 0403)
    Xeon x3350 SLAX2 @ 8x475=3.8Ghz 1.29Vcore
    Dual Radiator (modded) Koolance EXOS with Zalman WB5 CPU block
    2 x 2GB OCZ Platinum PC8000 @ 950Mhz 5-5-5-18 1.8v
    Enermax NoiseTaker 600W
    ASUS GeForce 8800GTX @ 645/1645/1000

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    Re: Best motherboard

    I vote DFI NF4 Lanparty & Lanparty UT series (thats why I just got one, 3 days ago. Overclocking was the reason)

    - CPU Vcore up to 56% higher than stock
    - Memory voltage up to 4V
    - Chipset voltage (and very efficient chipset cooler to bare the voltage)
    - LDT voltage
    - BIOS specially designed to deal with overclocks and problems that occur from high overclocks

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    Re: Best motherboard

    The Abit A8N Ultra & A8N SLi both get good write ups for overclocking and are considerably cheaper than the equivalent DFI boards.

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    Re: Best motherboard

    I'd recommend DFI if you want to go extreme and are willing to do some serious tweaking (and reading)

    The ABIT board is the safer choice still with good overclocking potential.
    Overclocking system:
    ASUS Rampage Formula (BIOS 0403)
    Xeon x3350 SLAX2 @ 8x475=3.8Ghz 1.29Vcore
    Dual Radiator (modded) Koolance EXOS with Zalman WB5 CPU block
    2 x 2GB OCZ Platinum PC8000 @ 950Mhz 5-5-5-18 1.8v
    Enermax NoiseTaker 600W
    ASUS GeForce 8800GTX @ 645/1645/1000

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    Re: Best motherboard

    DFI ultra-d or sli-dr
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    Re: Best motherboard

    Thanks for the reply's, sounds like the DFI is the best. I hate to get a board and
    then find I should have looked a little harder.
    I was thinking the 3500 would be about right, but maybe some others clock better.
    It seems like the Venice o/clocks pretty good.
    My athlon 2100 and 8rda+ running at 2300 are doing fine, but it's time to move on.
    I've got the itch, it comes around about once a year.
    I don't mind paying more for a MB if it has the options I want, another 50.00 bucks
    is not bad when you keep it a year or more.
    Thanks for the help Pallmall

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    Re: Best motherboard

    Hey,

    Don't forget chaintech. It's usually very easy to push. As long as your not looking for 3000mhz it's great, and cheap

    Sorry: VNF4 - Ultra

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    Re: Best motherboard

    Just make very sure yoy get 'compatible' memory with DFI boards, they can be a real bitch when it comes to memory.
    Overclocking system:
    ASUS Rampage Formula (BIOS 0403)
    Xeon x3350 SLAX2 @ 8x475=3.8Ghz 1.29Vcore
    Dual Radiator (modded) Koolance EXOS with Zalman WB5 CPU block
    2 x 2GB OCZ Platinum PC8000 @ 950Mhz 5-5-5-18 1.8v
    Enermax NoiseTaker 600W
    ASUS GeForce 8800GTX @ 645/1645/1000

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    Re: Best motherboard

    ^Thats why you use OCZ ram when using a dfi mobo. All the guys that work for ocz have dfi boards themselves... even the ocz gaming team. Whenever a new ram is produced, it is always tested on a dfi board before any other. I dont mean to imply that other ram wont work or is not good. Just that using an ocz/dfi combo is a sure thing.
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    Re: Best motherboard

    What about the asrock dual sata mother board? I heard these are great motherboards even for overclocking and cheap too?

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    Re: Best motherboard

    What about the asrock dual sata mother board? I heard these are great motherboards even for overclocking and cheap too?
    Maybe for something different but not for overclocking!

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    Re: Best motherboard

    oh my bad then. Yeah dfi is suppost to be the best overclocker.

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    Re: Best motherboard

    The DFI's are great boards, but like it's been mentioned, pay attention to what RAM you buy. Also, DFI has become a bit strict on what power supplies you use. A lot of people seem to like the OCZ PowerStream 520, but there are others, like myself, that have used other, less-expensive units, like the Enermax EG565P-VE 535W unit. Do some reading, as these motherboards can be a hassle if you don't have the right parts.

    For me, I knew that the first couple BIOS releases were problematic and promptly flashed to the 310 BIOS. The system booted up fine with the shipping BIOS, but I still flashed it to be safe. I ended up having to up my RAM voltage a little to avoid memory problems (Memtest is included in the BIOS, btw), but that was really about it. But I did read up on it before buying. If I hadn't, I'd probably be cursing out DFI because of the issues. There's a DFI nF4 builder's guide over in the DFI motherboard section here, so you might want to check that out.

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    Re: Best motherboard

    Quote Originally Posted by undersea
    Maybe for something different but not for overclocking!
    Why do you say that? I've got my asrock on my brand new venice 3k @ 270 x 9, 2.4ghz right out of the box...

    It is limited on voltage though, i'll give you that, but for those of us on air 4v for memory and huge vcore for the CPU is not necessary, although i'll tell you right now, i wish i had just a bit more vcore.

    + it's got PCI-E and AGP, i kept my old gfx card
    Abit AN8-32X, AMD Opty 165 @ 2.6, 2 x 1gb GSkill ZX 3200, Xfx 8800 GTX, fan filled case (2 x 120mm, 4 x 80mm, 2 PS fans), Antec Neo 550

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