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December 12, 2005, 2:32 am
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Re: GIGABYTE GA-K8NF-9 ATX AMD MOTHERBOARD
Many of these motherboards have virtually identical performance
to one another. Exceptions might be ULI/VIA/SIS/ATI motherboard
chipsets that have one tiny flaw or another. Check some of the
Anandtech review articles, as they have pages of benchmarks that
look almost exactly the same. You can thank the integrated
memory controller in the Athlon64, for making the performance
of the various boards match so closely.
What might distinguish them, is how well written is the BIOS.
Some of the DFI boards, for example, are capable of good
overclocking, but BIOS settings must be changed one at a time,
as the BIOS is "twitchy". If you change too many settings in
a single session, the next time you boot, there may be a
blank screen waiting for you.
So, search for the boards based on price, but check the
private forums, to see if a given board is pleasant to work
Also, download the user manual in advance, and have a look
through it. I can reject some motherboards, purely by looking
at pictures of the BIOS screens in the manual. And in the
case of obscure brands, like Asrock, the manual may be the
only tech support you ever get, as no one in a newsgroup
will have one.
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