Re: A7N8X-E Deluxe experiences? or other motherboard recommendations?

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Benjamin J. Weiss wrote:

I've been thinking of getting an AMD Athlon 2600+ 333MHz FSB, and an ASUS A7N8X-E Deluxe mother board. ( I've seen some potential issues on this list about the nforce2 chipset, so I was curious about any positive or negative experiences anybody might have had with this mother board.

If somebody has another recommendation for a motherboard/cpu combo, I'd be interested in that as well. Basically, I'm trying to get a fast motherboard and CPU with about 512Meg of RAM for about $250 US. I'm only interested in good, name brand motherboards and RAM, I've had bad experiences with cheap ECS crap and don't care to repeat the experience.

I'm using a GigaByte GA-7N400 Pro2 mb, and it's working very well. FC1 detected everything on install. I installed the nforce2 drivers from Nvidia, but did not really need to do that. This motherboard uses a RealTek lan chip, so the nvidia lan driver is not needed. FC1 detected my soundchip as an i810_audio, which worked fine. When I installed the nvidia audio driver, XMMS works fine, but other apps (flashplayer, bzflag) sound weird like the frequency has been shifted up 2 octaves, and there is also distortion and clipping.

ECS worked fine for me with linux.....Windows is another story....and ECS support is a royal pain.....

The A7N8X-E Deluxe looks like it can handle two DDR 400 256 for that doubled speed thing, which sounds good to me. I don't really care too much about AGP8x or anything, since it'll be a server, not a desktop game machine.

You will not see a speed increase by using DDR400 with a 333MHz FSB Athlon CPU. It may even be slower than DDR333 (PC2700). Using 'dual-channel' memory will definitely be faster (almost 50% faster in my case).

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