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Beefy
02-08-2002, 09:21 AM
OK.. just been looking around at some MBs that support an Athlon XP.. Not quite sure what to get though.. I was looking along the lines of either Abit KR7A-RAID or Epox 8KHA+... but i'm not sure... any suggestions/stories/comments welcome...

Darthtanion
02-08-2002, 09:47 AM
I have the EPoX board you mentioned, and it has been very solid and an outstanding performer. I have also been hearing good things about the new Shuttle board. Gimme about a week and I'll be able to tell you if it's any good or not. ;)

Beefy
02-08-2002, 09:54 AM
I might wait and see how that goes then...

ct_
02-08-2002, 10:58 AM
8KTA3+Pro - my next board

now gotta save for it and a cpu and 1.5GB DDR :>

:bounce2: :bounce2:

Beefy
02-08-2002, 11:08 AM
umm.. isn't that board an SDRAM board, not DDR?

Wiggo
02-08-2002, 06:44 PM
The Epox 8KHA+ is around $220aus atm but the Abit board is about is about $100aus dearer and that's the non RAID one too. :smokin:
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T-Shirt
02-08-2002, 11:41 PM
I feel your pain, everytime I think I've found the ultimate board, something new shows up. Now starting to see some boards with USB 2 , and ATA133 raid arrive on the market.
if you're in a hurry to buy either of your choices sounds good, if you can wait a month or 2 you might get a chance to see if the newer ones hold up (no major defects, and good driver/BIOS support)

Onyx
02-09-2002, 08:29 AM
The Epox is certainly better value (for those of you whom money IS an object!), but I've recently stumbled across a very good performing "value" board that you might want to consider (I certainly am). It seems to sell for around $AU150 which is fantastic considering most other AMD boards sell for twice as much. It's the ECS K7S5A. Based on the SiS735 chipset. Limited reviews around the net (tomshardware.com, techwatch.com.au) have its performance match that of the KT266 chipset. Obviously won't be a leader in peformance, but from the money you save on the mobo, you can put it towards a faster CPU or more RAM and end up with the same result performance wise. :)

Wiggo
02-09-2002, 08:55 AM
Yes the ECS K7S5A is a good, fast, stable and cheap motherboard (one in the box beside me) but we are at TT and the overclockin'/tweakin' department is sadly lackin'. :smokin:
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1cook
02-09-2002, 09:22 PM
I currently use an MSI K7T266 Pro 2 motherboard with the KT266A VIA chipset. It runs an Athlon XP 1600+ processor with ASUS GeForce 3 graphics card.....The motherboard has lots of features and the price is right.........It has been very stable so far..........

hypnosis
02-09-2002, 09:29 PM
what is the best motherboard for overclocking? because i'm getting xp1800+ and 2 x 256 ddr ram from sing on tue and need a new motherboard

1cook
02-09-2002, 09:39 PM
The Shuttle version of the VIA KT266A is probably the champ for overclocking..........www.tomshardware.com did a test ect....The MSI K7T266 Pro will overclock as will the ASUS ect........Shuttle may have the best in overclocking, but the others are close. For the best in overclocking you need to unlock the XP of course which is not that easy. I have not tried it yet since I have no need for more speed than the XP 1600+ and GeForce 3 supply(yet).................

Wiggo
02-10-2002, 08:16 AM
Tom has a different view so check this shootout out http://www4.tomshardware.com/mainboard/01q4/011126/index.html :smokin:
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sKuLLsHoT
02-10-2002, 10:17 AM
8KTA3+Pro - my next board

now gotta save for it and a cpu and 1.5GB DDR :>

:bounce2: :bounce2:

i have that exact board, and there is no way u'll be squishing DDR into it, AND having it boot

Albinus
02-10-2002, 10:31 AM
Well almost every time I message Darth, he tells me positive things about his EPoX board, so that looks like a winner - he's not easily impressed!!! :king:

SileNceR
02-11-2002, 01:34 PM
the EPoX 8KHA+ is now only $210 or less from www.scorptec.com.au

Beefy
02-11-2002, 06:40 PM
I found out today that I can get one of the MSI K7T266 Pro 2 in a bundle deal with a Ath XP and RAM... I was looking at the RAID version but it's no good to me at the moment, cos the RAID controller doesn't offer standard IDE devices standalone...

so is it worth just going for this, or getting a better board? Chances are I won't be doing any serious overclocking, so i'm not too fussed about that.. but i want the potential there.. :)

EDIT: just took note of silencer's post.. that makes things interesting.. that's cheaper than what I can get the MSI for.. hmm...

ct_
02-11-2002, 09:33 PM
ok, i typo-ed when i said DDR

i was reading of another board at the time and crosslinked the specs in my haed ;)


anyway, i can get a Epox 8KTA3+Pro for $105 including shipping, so i's ordered one today :D:beer: :beer: :beer:

now, if i dropped my requirement for an ISA slot, i could not choose a new baord - there's just far too many good ones

with that one requirement, options go down to only a few boards - much easier to choose and i don't have to get a new modem