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Old 02-08-2004, 06:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Comparing 2 nForce 2 motherboards

Which of these 2 motherboards are better for the following components. I am not that PRO at motherboards so I don't wanna get fried when I am building my computer.


ASUS nForce 220-D Chipset Motherboard for AMD Socket A CPU, Model "A7N266-VM AA"(AMD Assured Version) -RETAIL

- Specifications -

Supported CPU: Socket A AMD Duron/Athlon/Athlon XP up to 2600+
Chipset: NVIDIA nForce 220D (IGP-64 and MCP-D)
FSB: 266/200MHz
RAM: 2x DIMM support DDR266/200(Unbuffered/Non-ECC) Max 1GB
IDE: 2x UltraDMA 33/66/100 up to 4 Devices
Slots: 1x AGP 4X, 3x PCI
Ports: 2xPS2,1xLPT,1xCOM,1xVGA,1xLAN,4xUSB1.1(Rear 2),1xGAME,Audio Ports
Onboard Audio: MCP-D Integrated APU with AC3 + Realtek ALC650 6-Channel Codec
Onboard Video: Integrated GeForce2 GPU
Onboard LAN: Realtek 8201L 10/100Mbps
Form Factor: Micro ATX

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MSI nForce2 400 Chipset Motherboard for AMD Socket A CPU, Model "K7N2-V" -RETAIL

- Specifications -

Supported CPU: Socket A AMD Athlon/Athlon XP/Duron Processors
Chipset: NVIDIA nForce2 400 + MCP
FSB: 400/333/266/200MHz
RAM: 3x DIMM support DDR400/333/266/200 Max 3GB
IDE: 2x UltraDMA 66/100/133 up to 4 Devices
Slots: 1x AGP 4X/8X(1.5V), 5x PCI
Ports:2xPS2,1xCOM,1xLPT,1xLAN,,6xUSB2.0(Rear 2),Audio Ports
Onboard Audio: 5.1-Channel Hardware Audio
Onboard LAN: 10/100Mbps Fast Ethernet
Form Factor: ATX


And these are the componets; if I am missing something except the case or there is something wrong with them (compability etc.) please let me know.

eVGA nVIDIA GeForce FX5200 Video Card, 128MB DDR, 128-bit, DVI/TV-Out, 8X AGP, Model "e-GeForce FX5200(128-A8-N306-LX)" -RETAIL
Specifications:
Chipset/Core Speed: nVIDIA GeForce FX5200/250MHz
Memory/Effective Speed: 128MB DDR/400MHz
BUS: AGP 1X/2X/4X/8X
Ports: VGA Out(15 Pin D-Sub)+TV-Out(S-Video Out)+DVI connector
Support 3D API: DirectX®9, OpenGL®1.4
Cable/Accessories: S-Video Cable, VGA via DVI Adapter, Driver CD
Max Resolution@32bit Color: 2048X1536@60Hz
Retail Box


AMD Athlon XP 2500+ "Barton", 333 FSB, 512K Cache Processor - Retail
Specification
Model: AMD Athlon XP 2500+
Core: Barton
Operating Frequency: 1.83GHz
FSB: 333MHz
Cache: L1/64K+64K; L2/512K
Voltage: 1.65V
Process: 0.13Micron
Socket: Socket A
Multimedia Instruction: MMX, SSE, 3DNOW!, 3DNOW!+
Packaging: Retail Box (Heatsink and Fan included) more info->


KRETON 184 Pin 512MB DDR PC-3200 - Retail
Specification
Manufacturer: KRETON
Speed: DDR400(PC3200)
Type: 184 Pin DDR SDRAM
Error Checking: Non-ECC
Registered/Unbuffered: Unbuffered
Cas Latency: 2.5
Support Voltage: 2.5V
Bandwidth: 3.2GB/s
Warranty: Lifetime

Maxtor 80GB 7200RPM IDE Hard Drive, Model 6Y080P0, OEM Drive Only
Specifications:
Capacity: 80GB
Average Seek Time: 9.3 ms
Buffer: 8MB
Rotational Speed: 7200 RPM
Interface: IDE ULTRA ATA133
Features: Maxtor Shock Protection and Data Protection Systems
Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year
Remark: OEM Drive Only more info->


Thanx a lot guyz, I can't wait for my new computer becasue I am getting tired of my old 400 mhz celeron at 66mhz fsb and pc 100 ram with a 4gb slow hadrive
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Old 02-09-2004, 04:57 AM   #2 (permalink)
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maybe i am just looking up the wrong model, but i would like to point out your ASUS nForce 220-D is not an nforce2 board, it is nforce1. the diffences between those 2 choices seem like night and day to me.

if you want performance definately go with the real nforce2 which is K7N2-V" -RETAIL. look at the differences in FSB support. the upside is that asus board is the IGP version. it has integrated video so if you want something cheap go with it. the performance you suffer is quite noticeable though.

my recommendation is go with the MSI K7N2-V" -RETAIL. the rest of the components look okay with the exception that micro mentioned about the bad memory. i don't even think i have heard of kreton. for budget memory go with crucial or kingston, yes i know you hate kingston dave
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Old 02-09-2004, 05:57 AM   #3 (permalink)
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THG ran a nforce2 mobo shootout ... check it out
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