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    I'm looking to get a mainboard for a P4 1.8GHz Socket 478 - 512Kb - Northwood that is based on the Intel 845. (I 'm using the 845 because I'm using SD RAM) One thing I would like is that the mainboard have 4 RAM slots

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    Just one thing, you'd be cripplin' the CPU usin' SDRAM though and the end result will be very disappointing performance.
    My suggestion would be to seriously look at a i845D board, 1.6A P4 CPU and 256MB of DDR SDRAM as the 1.6A will o/c just as well as a 1.8 and be cheaper, plus the price between a i845 and i845D board would be very little so the DDR SDRAM wouldn't be that much more to fork out over your original intentions and you would gain a great deal performance wise. :smokin:
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    What Wiggo said... my Pentium 4 runs about 10-15% faster in most applications with DDR instead of SDR SDRAM. Don't cripple a fast chip with SDR SDRAM - if you can afford a Pentium 4 you can afford DDR SDRAM :thumb:

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    Agreed. But if you opt toward DDR, you also have other chipsets from different companies to choose from. Read: VIA and SiS.
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    Well the thing is that I only just upgraded my RAM and I don't mind if it 10-15% slower than using DDR as It'll do me fine

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Tweak
    Agreed. But if you opt toward DDR, you also have other chipsets from different companies to choose from. Read: VIA and SiS.
    For a high end system I wouldn’t touch a SIS chipset with a 10 foot pole.

    And for reliabilty I wouldn't go past the Intel chipset,
    VIA make good chipsets but they are still not a stable as an Intel or AMD chipset :p
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    Pretty much spot on there Moose.
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    At the moment (which is all we really know for sure isn't it?) that is absolutely correct.

    It would appear that when it becomes mature the SiS 645DX might be a real performer. Have to wait and see on that one though.
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    SiS645DX looks awesome according to TomsHardware's recent review.

    I'm currently running an Abit BD7-RAID board based on the i845D chipset and i'm very happy with it. Decent performance, very stable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Acid
    SiS645DX looks awesome according to TomsHardware's recent review.
    And what would you know, SiS are kindly sending us one for review - Keep your eyes open people! :)
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