Originally posted by 003
Stick with the ASUS mobo, currently it has matched DFI's highest overclock on XtremeSystems, it is the only AMD64 board with dual x16 PCIe lanes, it has silent chipset cooling, and it is just a very very good board. If you do get DFI, stay away from the expert, it has been on a killing spree lately:
yes, the expert seems to have problems. however, dual 16X lanes are useless ATM.
firstly, he's probabbly not going SLI.
secondly, 8X is more than enough bandwith for even a 512MB 7800 GTX. AGP 8X actually transfers less than a PCI-E 1X slot, and it doesn't bottleneck the 6800's. the 512MB 7800 GTX is about twice as good as the 6800, but in an 8X slot, has over 8 times the bandwith anyway.
plus, the Ultra-D board is a lot cheaper, and support for it is much better.
yes, Corsair RAM is fairly good quality, however it doesn't perform as well as Corsair would make you think. and it is overpriced.
BColes: no, a processor cannot overclock to dual core. either a CPU is dual core, or it is not
dual core means it has 2 physical processing units inside the one chip. that basically means 2 processors in 1.
the FX-57 is a single core CPU. while it is a bit faster than one of the X2 4800+'s cores, the power of both the X2 4800's cores combined is a lot more than the FX-57.
also remember that the X2's are basically dual core Venices or San Diego's
Venice's are revision E cores with 512kb L2 cache
San Diego's are the same with 1024kb L2 cache
Manchester's are basically 2 Venices in the one chip
Toledo's are basically 2 San Diego's in 1 chip
the FX-57 is a single San Diego core
the X2 4800+ is a dual San Diego (or Toledo)