OK I was just taking a look at my late Asus P5B-E and saw that two socket pins were possibly bent. They did not look
bent, but they definitely had light reflecting differently than all the other pins. Knowing my retailer they will blame the bent pins on user abuse even if there are no bent pins, the board ran a C2D fine for two weeks or so and the processor is still breathing, the board is going RMA for other reasons than the suspicious looking pins but I bet they'll do anything to find an excuse and put the blame on me.
That means there's about a 90% possibility that they will not trade my motherboard for a new copy or give me a new one. I'm hearing more and more bad stories about the P5B series, mainly about the faulty BIOS and seeing as I'll probably have to go out and buy a new one all over again, I can basically pick whatever board I want.
For me, the Gigabyte 965P-DS3 would be $39 cheaper than another P5B-E so that looks kind of tempting. So right now I'm looking at:
Gigabyte 965P-DS3: â¬119
Asus P5B-E Plus: â¬152 *
Asus P5B Deluxe: â¬166 *
Asus P5W-DH Deluxe â¬201 *
Abit AB9: â¬139
Abit AB9 Pro: â¬159
Abit AW9D: â¬189
Abit IB9: â¬115
Although the Euro is worth more than the Dollar, hardware here is roughly so expensive that the price in Euros would be in USD for you guys.
What would be a good deal for me you think? I need a motherboard that can get to 400Mhz FSB. They've just put the Abit IB9 in stock, what is that board like?
* These prices are from a store where I get a â¬25 discount and free shipping so take that off the price. Click here
for a full list of LGA775 motherboards they offer.