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chiefnz
27-07-2006, 11:05 AM
Blatantly copied from Aus PC Authority Aug edition.



With AMD promising 35W Athlon64 desktop CPU’s, RAM speeds of up to 1066MHz and the awesome FX-62 processor, AMD should appeal to everyone. With pricing ranging from AU$120 to AU$339 there is a board to cover everyone’s pocket.

AM2 isn’t just about theoretical performance boosts of switching to DDR2; it’s the new socket for all AMD CPU’s for the next 2 years or so…from the AM2 Sempron 3000+ for AU$120 to the Athlon64 FX-62 for more than AU$1500.

Very good article, I don't normally buy this mag but this particular article and their 50+ graphics card review was too good to pass up. The articles are not online yet but if you get a chance it's definitley worth a read.

Some of the models reviewed were...


ECS RS485M-M
Chipset: ATi Xpress 1100, 2xPCI-E 16x, 2xPCI-E 1x, 2xPCI, 4xDDR2, 6 channel audio AC97, 4 USB, 2xGb Ethernet, digital S/PDIF
AUS$120

MSI K9N SLI Platinum
Chipset: nForce 570, 2xPCI-E 16x, 2xPCI-E 1x, 3x PCI, 4xDDR2, 8 channel high definition audio, 4 USB, Firewire, 2xGb Ethernet ports, parallel, serial, optical & digital S/PDIF
AUS$257

ABIT K9N SLI
Chipset: nForce 570, 2xPCI-E 16x, 2xPCI-E 1x, 2xPCI, 4xDDR2, 8 channel high definition audio, 4 USB, 2xGb Ethernet, digital S/PDIF

Gigabyte GA-M57SLI-S4
Chipset: nForce 570, 2xPCI-E 16x, 3xPCI-E 1x, 2xPCI, 4xDDR2, 8 channel high definition audio, 4 USB, FireWire, 1xGb Ethernet, parallel, serial, optical and digital S/PDIF
AUS$240

Asus M2N32-SLI-Deluxe
Chipset: nForce 590, 2xPCI-E 16x. 1x PCI-E 1x, 1xPCI-E 4x, 2xPCI, 4xDDR2, 8 channel high definition audio, 2xGb Ethernet, optical and digital S/PDIF, serial, FireWire, SATA and WiFi
AUS$339

Foxconn C51XEM2AA
Chipset: nForce 590, 2xPCI-E 16x, 1xPCI-E 1x, 1xPCI-E 4x, 2xPCI, 4xDDR2, 8 channel high definition audio, 6 USB2, 2xGb Ethernet, digital and S/PDIF, FireWire, FireWire 800
AUS$320

Cheers

chiefnz

pctek
27-07-2006, 06:54 PM
Some of the models reviewed were...


Cheers

chiefnz
Theses are the only two I'd bother looking at:
Gigabyte GA-M57SLI-S4
Chipset: nForce 570, 2xPCI-E 16x, 3xPCI-E 1x, 2xPCI, 4xDDR2, 8 channel high definition audio, 4 USB, FireWire, 1xGb Ethernet, parallel, serial, optical and digital S/PDIF
AUS$240

Asus M2N32-SLI-Deluxe
Chipset: nForce 590, 2xPCI-E 16x. 1x PCI-E 1x, 1xPCI-E 4x, 2xPCI, 4xDDR2, 8 channel high definition audio, 2xGb Ethernet, optical and digital S/PDIF, serial, FireWire, SATA and WiFi
AUS$339

And then I'd buy the ASUS.

SolMiester
27-07-2006, 07:13 PM
PC Tek, think I will agree with you there on your choice Asus, as its got the better chipset. Not that I am an avid supporter of SLI, but that O/C option on the bus does sound wicked. Wonder if we will see bandwidth saturation in the current generation bus that warrants the O/C though. :confused:

Both are my 1st choice motherboard manufactors too, win win!

I am seriously considering that E6300 chip for my next machine, AM2 doesnt seem that much of a benefit right now, however a socket 939 X2 would be a nice step up from single core. :D

pctek
28-07-2006, 10:05 AM
AM2 isn't going to last. AM3 is already in the works.
I just changed my single core S9393 to a dual core for now.

SolMiester
28-07-2006, 10:10 AM
Yes, good move, Conroe may be to early to jump on!