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Thread: P35 VS. 650i motherboards?

  1. Default P35 VS. 650i motherboards?

    Well, I'm finally ordering my setup tonight. I can't wait.

    One thing that is just killing me is the motherboard. I really like the 650i chipset, but the new P35 offers DDR3 support (I believe).

    So what do you guys think? Should I bite the bullet and go for the P35 or stick with the tried and true 650i?

    Either one I choose, I must have two PCI-e slots and 3 pci slots.

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    Default Re: P35 VS. 650i motherboards?

    I can't comment on the P35, but i did just buy the 650i. It is very nice. Keep in mind that if you are getting a big GPU like me, the 8800GTX takes up a PCI-E as well as a PCI slot. So right away you are down two.

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    I've been researching the P35s and they are very nice performers and will support Intel's upcoming 45nm processors. They can support both DDR2 and DDR3, a few manufactures have support for both on the same board(Gigabyte GA-P35C-DS3R is a nice one).

    The only downside I can see with the P35 is if you plan on a crossfire setup as they technically CAN support it, but the second x16 slot uses x4 pathways, which are not adequate for todays high end GPUs.
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    Jan 2005
    Qld, Australia

    Default Re: P35 VS. 650i motherboards?

    I've been looking at the Asus P5K (vanilla, DDR2) and the P5K3 Deluxe (DDR3) unfortunately the Asus boards don't have the DDR2/DDR3 capability of the Gigabyte GA-P35C-DS3R.

    On another forum one of the guys has put the Vanilla through it's overclocking paces and the results are excellent for the board.

    Big question now is DDR2 or DDR3?

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    Apr 2005
    Ontario, Canada

    Default Re: P35 VS. 650i motherboards?

    DDR3 is the future and if you want atleast moderate futureproofing (1-2 years) then DDR3 is the only choice. Unfortunately, DDR3 is also stupidly priced still. Damned if you do damned if you don't.
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  6. Default Re: P35 VS. 650i motherboards?

    Well, I decided not to go with the P35 board. I felt that the P35 seemed nice, but it is so new and hardly anyone (other than the testers) have given their feedback. I was going for a board that was going to be VERY reliable and already proven.

    Casecutter is right; DDR3 is really expensive while DDR2 is CHEAP!!! I got a 2gig kit of some nice G.Skill for $84. I remember buying my 1gig kit of Corsair for $100!

    Oh well. The whole intent of the build was to get something that could be upgraded in the future. I chose some components that would last quite a while - 8800GTS 640mb and that 700W Fortron PSU. If DDR3 comes down in price ($100 range), I might upgrade the mobo and ram, but that won't be for atleast two years when I have some money during college.

    Either way I go, this new machine will be lightyears ahead of my current Dell 2400 with the FX5200 PCI and a 2.4 P4!!!

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