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    The 8INXP definitely seems like the board to buy. I have two questions though.

    Does anyone know what is the problem with availability of this boards in the US? For over a month now, all of the North American online retailers have been giving expected delivery dates that are always two days into the future. And every time that date arrives, they move them another two days into the future. It seems like folks in Aus, NZ, and other parts of the far east have the board, right? Did some ship get held up that had all of the NA bound boards on it? What's the deal? If this doesn't resolve itself soon, I may be tempted to lower my sights to a 8IHXP just to get this machine built (well, I did say almost :)).

    Also, I am confused by the questions/comments about using high speed memory with this board. I don't have much experience overclocking, but it seems to me that it is important to keep the memory speed and the speed of the FSB in synch. Using Dual Channel DDR at 266, the two will be completely in synch. If I overclock the memory, I would want to overclock the FSB accordingly to keep them in synch, right? If so, I can't understand why I would want faster than say PC2400. That would allow plenty of room to take the FSB up to 600 (if that is even possible). Can someone explain why this thinking is wrong?

    TIA.

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    Greg007...

    i got mine by luck of showing up on anandtech forums on time... but i had been waiting for about 3 months ( no pre-order, just waiting... ) i had heard, and maybe ArborBarber could corroborate this since i seen him lurking around anandtech :), that asus was halting production on their granite bay offering for good or for awhile, or something like that. **warning: i could be wrong **

    this could mean, were it true, that the gigabyte boards are taking the hit and production wasnt ramped up for this kind of rush... or not :D

    as to the second part of your post: i seen people do amazing things with 3000 and 3500 mem on their granite bays and 845Es...
    ~ Gigabyte 8INXP ~ | P4 3.06 @ 3.53 ghz | 31c idle - 33c load - 61.5f ambient | 1 gig Corsiar XMS 3200 cl2 | Radeon 9700 Pro @ 378/364
    ~ Cascade wb ~ | Eheim 1250 (external) | DD maze3 gpu wb | D-Tek Pro Core (mounted externally) - 2 x 120mm


    FOLD! :)

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    Thanks for the reply. I actually ordered an 8INXP from a webtailer that swore to me over the phone that they had it in stock. I am cautiously optimistic, but I will not feel secure until I receive the ship verification.

    As to your second point, the 845 chip set does not support dual channel DDR. PC1000 (266Mhz) in a board with Dual Channel support essentially runs memory at 533 Mhz. That is a memory bandwidth equivalent to, for example, the 850E chipset with 1066 Rambus memory. In other words, Dual Channel DDR is an architecture that get amazingly fast memory bandwidth out of relatively slow memory chips by time plexing them (switching accesses between the two memory banks). So, to reask my question, why use faster memory with a MoBo that supports Dual Channel DDR when the rest of the system can't handle more memory bandwidth (unless the FSB speed is also increased)?

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    granite bays run 1:1, the only way to OC this mobo is to play w/the fsb and therefore, you need faster mem onboard to keep up... not 3500 maybe... I think i'll be settling for 3000 myself.

    i think i just "answered" your question... :?:

    ** oh yeah, the 845Es arent dual channel are they... **
    ~ Gigabyte 8INXP ~ | P4 3.06 @ 3.53 ghz | 31c idle - 33c load - 61.5f ambient | 1 gig Corsiar XMS 3200 cl2 | Radeon 9700 Pro @ 378/364
    ~ Cascade wb ~ | Eheim 1250 (external) | DD maze3 gpu wb | D-Tek Pro Core (mounted externally) - 2 x 120mm


    FOLD! :)

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    Just wondering.... since 266*2 = 533 (p4's fsb), if they were to make dual channel DDR support for 333 and up, would there still be any increase in preformance?

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    opps.... dual channel does not double frequency.. it only doubles bandwidth.. my bad :p

    so dual DDR266 = 4.2gbps

    is there any mobo for dual DDR33 @ 5.4 gbps ?

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    whats all this about 667?
    its not the FSB so what is it???

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    In a similar thread here we are talking about the SiS655 chipset on the Giga-byte board.

    http://forums.tweaktown.com/showthre...&threadid=8309

    Here's a review

    http://www.ocworkbench.com/2003/giga...inxp1394-1.htm

    I've given up getting the Giga-byte Granite Bay. I haven't been able to find any in stock since they were supposidly released.

    Hope to find out if the GA-SINXP1394 is available from a friend tonight... She owns a shop and was assured from her rep that she could get them.

    My main rig blew up and I've been waiting a long time for Granite Bay availability. Can't wait much longer and this seems to be a resonable replacement.

    There are hints that it supports DDR400

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    For what it is worth...the GA-8inxp is a very good mobo...however save your money. The chipset is way too expensive for the mere gain in performance. I've seen 2 ppl now sell this mobo only after several weeks of ownership(says alot!) Do yourself a favor and wait for the SiS655 mobo by Gigabyte to hit the streets, not only is it cheaper, it's faster...finally something to really talk about. Also, there are performance gains to be made with faster ram(400ddr) running on a 533fsb as hard as it may seem to believe. I've cancelled my order for the GA-8INXP and am waiting for the GA-SINXP1394. Do what you want(it's your money), but I'm getting the SINXP. Intel has been the big hold up with all these mobo manufactures, I believe SiS is very hungry and should be able to produce these chipsets for mobos shortly. From what I've read, The 850 chipset now needs to move over and make room for the SiS655....
    It does support DDR400 and HT(bo stepping chipset).
    :cheers:

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    interesting indeed, if it shows same or better performance than 850e then maybe i'll switch. But sis, will it be stable...:?:

    :cheers:

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