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urgannagru

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motherboard chipsets
« on: January 07, 2011, 09:05:01 AM »

I haven't bought a new motherboard since nforce was king. I'm looking at getting a new setup but I haven't heard which chipsets are good anymore. AM3 or AM2 please. What should I get?
(PS: if you're going to recommend a specific motherboard, MSI is on my s**tlist)
« Last Edit: January 07, 2011, 09:12:33 AM by urgannagru »
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Re: motherboard chipsets
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2011, 09:55:01 AM »

isn't AM3 a processor socket?
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Re: motherboard chipsets
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2011, 10:13:43 AM »

Yes it is

Your not going to find anything based on AM2 anymore, well, you will, however there is no point in investing in a AM2 board considering AM3 has replaced it.

All I run is MSI, but I have used motherboards from other vendors running the 800 series chipsets from AMD and have had great performance. FX (i.e. 890FX) is the top of the line, GX holds the middle ground and a plain old number is the base.

Your choice of chipset will be determined on what flavor GPU you like though. If you want to run nVidia cards in SLI you will have to go with a nForce based board.
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Re: motherboard chipsets
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2011, 11:12:05 AM »

I tried SLI once and didn't think it was worth it in the end. It performed just fine, but I feel like I would have been better off just buying a single but more expensive GPU. I do tend to go with nVidia GPUs though.
By AM2 or AM3 I really just meant not Intel. I'm an AMD fanboy who didn't even like the core2duos that everyone raved about once I tried using them in a few rigs.
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Re: motherboard chipsets
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2011, 01:12:56 PM »

Ahh

Well, nForce is still alive and kicking, however I guess I got sucked into the "Spider" platform a few years back, first when it came to decide on a chipset when moving to AM2 and then again when it was time to replace my aging 8800GT I went with an ATI 5770

Something about having my CPU, NB and GPU all (more or less) designed and supported by the same company just makes me feel a bit better, but the 8800GT worked just fine on 2 790FXs, a 880G and a 880FX board (AM2, AM3, AM3, AM3)

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Re: motherboard chipsets
« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2011, 01:04:50 AM »

Probably AMD880-890, the specific flavor by your feature needs.  I personally like Gigabyte.

I think the nForce series is sort of on its last legs though-- relatively few top-end boards.  I'd avoid it, especially as nVidia has less and less reason to focus on chipsets.

On the 700 series chipsets, it was

770 = 1 x16 slot
780 = 1 x 16 plus integrated graphics
790X = x16 slot splittable for Crossfire
790GX = x16 splittable plus onboard graphics
790FX = two full x16

Not sure if the 8xx are identical.
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