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Re: MSI K9N Diamond main board?

On Wed, Sep 27, 2006 at 09:27:32PM -0400, dtutty@porchlight.ca wrote:
> I've emailed Tyan to try to clear this up (nVidia says to talk with
> Tyan since I'm not buying a case of nVidia chips).  I've also asked Tyan
> to clear up the CPU: one web page says Opteron only, the other says both
> Opteron only and Athlon.

Well new Opteron 1xx use the same socket as Athlon 64 (and semptron and
X2 and so on) as far as I understand it.  I don't know if that means
they no longer use registered memory or not the way the 2xx and 8xx and
old 1xx did.

> Its hard to get the data to do head-to-head comparisions; different
> chipsets are targeted at different audiences and each audience looks at
> different data.  For example, the nForce Pro boasts CRC ECC on the PCI
> channels, in addition to solid 24/7 running, reliability, etc.  The 590
> boasts great overclocking.  I don't overclock.  At times I've run a box
> 24/7 only powering down for hardware changes, at others (like now) I
> turn on, do stuff, then turn off.  If two boards cost basically the
> same, I'd rather the one where the cost goes into reliability and
> longevity not overclocking headroom and gimmics.

A board with lots of hearroom for overclocking must be very solid at
regular speed in order to have a chance at being reasonable stable when
overclocked.  Boards that overclock well tend to be very stable boards
under normal use.

Len Sorensen

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