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Billy T
09-10-2003, 03:54 PM
Hi Team

Why is it that Intel MBs are never mentioned on PF1? Are they that bad, or is it just that they are not sexy enough, or are they overpriced?

I would have thought that an Intel board would be well tuned to Intel's CPUs and taking a look at their website (with my limited knowledge) they seem to be up there in the features list.

I guess I ought to confess that my PIII 550 uses an Intel 440BX MB and has given me no cause for concern, but why the low profile?

Cheers

Billy 8-{) :|

Graham L
09-10-2003, 04:11 PM
Maybe they don't give problems. :D

A more likely one is that Intel probably don't make overclocking easy. They want to sell the fastest CPUs at the full (whatever the idiots will pay) market price.

kiwibeat
09-10-2003, 06:36 PM
They are good run stable and cool but a lot dearer and not good value when you look at the AMD systems that run hotter but faster also great for overclocking gaming etc.

tweak\'e
09-10-2003, 09:04 PM
i think kiwibeat was refering to cpu's rather than motherboards.

intel motherboards (not to be confused with intel chipsets) are well known to run very reliably but not the fastest. they are nice and stable but often have limited tweakability or upgradeability.

unfortunatly people seem more interested on elcheapo systems than nice stable systems.

Billy T
09-10-2003, 09:42 PM
Thanks tweak'e

I have recently been thinking about changing the CPU & MB in my PIII 550 for a P4 & suitable reliable MB plus a video card suitable for Flight Simulator (which is the only game I'm interested in). The present Intel 440BX MB & PIII CPU will be transplanted into Old Faithful to give her a new lease of life as a print server for my 4 computer peer to peer network.

I wanted to move to a P4 2.4 (or suitable slower CPU) to let me copy and edit digital video from my camera. I have no other reason to get any speed increase over the PIII 550 so any stable and reliable MB will suit me fine.

I'll start thinking about acquiring the necessary bit & pieces. To be quite frank, the range of P4 MB's I found on PriceSpy was mind boggling and I simply couldn't choose one on any criteria other than mid-range price.

Cheers

Billy 8-{) :|

Jen C
09-10-2003, 10:47 PM
> I'll start thinking about acquiring the necessary bit
> & pieces. To be quite frank, the range of P4 MB's I
> found on PriceSpy was mind boggling and I simply
> couldn't choose one on any criteria other than
> mid-range price.

Picking a mobo from the huge list can be daunting :). What I did was pick what processor I wanted first (in my case a P4 2.4GHz) which eliminated all the AMD boards, I then picked what Intel Chipset I wanted from this list (http://www.intel.com/design/chipsets/linecard.htm?iid=ipp_850chpst+hlght_compare&), again deciding what main features/options I wanted (eg., separate AGP [either 4x or 8x]), on-board audio, lan and memory type support). Having this list I then researched manufacturers with a history of producing stable quality mobo's and went through their websites looking for boards with that Intel Chipset and made a shortlist.

I then looked for reviews for those boards, and finally went to Pricespy to find suppliers and prices. Can be quite exhausting and is a good way to kill many hours on google :D.

I ended up getting the Asustek P4PE Intel 845PE (http://www.asus.com.tw/mb/socket478/p4pe/overview.htm#) standard edition motherboard. Just checked Pricespy and I am quite miffed that it is nearly half the price I paid back in March this year - but that is depreciation/technology racing forward for you! :p


I also know a local computer forum where if asked for, you will be inudated with mobo and graphic card recommendations :D

Budda
10-10-2003, 08:20 AM
im guessing he wants a INTEL MOTHERBOARD not an ASUS MB that supports an intel chipset. :)

People dont use them cause they make overpriced boards, i wouldnt buy an actual intel brand one.

This is the same as buying a Ati card or a say Powercolor Ati graphics card, is the extra price really worth it. I prob cant coment on that since im a AMD lover :)

Lohsing
10-10-2003, 09:01 AM
> Maybe they don't give problems. :D
>
> A more likely one is that Intel probably don't make
> overclocking easy. They want to sell the fastest CPUs
> at the full (whatever the idiots will pay) market
> price.

Yup... Intel MOBO's can be quite expensive, and hard to get a hold of... They make good CPU's, but other people in the industry specialise in motherboards, I guess??

Lo.