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Good Quad Core Motherboard?

Discussion in 'Overclocking' started by S. Smith, Nov 20, 2007.

  1. S. Smith

    S. Smith Guest

    I'm looking for a good Quad Core motherboard to support an Intel
    Q6600 CPU. Ideally one that is good for overclocking. I prefer Abit
    boards, but am open to suggestions.

    I currently have an Abit AW9D-Max board with an Intel E6600
    overclocked to 3 Ghz and it works flawlessly. Abit claims that
    board supports Quad Core CPU's, but from what I've been
    reading on the Abit forums, it's a bit flaky with the Quad Core
    CPU's and overclocking on that board with the Quad Cores
    just makes it flakier.

    Any suggestions or input is welcome.

    Thanks in advance.




    - Scott Smith:
    MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/choppersmith
     
    S. Smith, Nov 20, 2007
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  2. S. Smith

    M60 Guest

    "S. Smith" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    >
    > I'm looking for a good Quad Core motherboard to support an Intel
    > Q6600 CPU. Ideally one that is good for overclocking. I prefer Abit
    > boards, but am open to suggestions.
    >
    > I currently have an Abit AW9D-Max board with an Intel E6600
    > overclocked to 3 Ghz and it works flawlessly. Abit claims that
    > board supports Quad Core CPU's, but from what I've been
    > reading on the Abit forums, it's a bit flaky with the Quad Core
    > CPU's and overclocking on that board with the Quad Cores
    > just makes it flakier.
    >
    > Any suggestions or input is welcome.
    >
    > Thanks in advance.
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > - Scott Smith:
    > MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/choppersmith
    >


    I have just assembled a system using an Intel D975XBX2 mo bo with a Q6600
    cpu and its bloody marvellous. I clocked it up to 3 Ghz and it was fine but
    as I don't require such power reset it back to 2.4.

    running 4gb ram with an NVIDIA FX 3500 graphics card on it. as its on a
    32bit system it only sees 3.25 gig of the ram but who cares its cheap now.
     
    M60, Nov 20, 2007
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  3. S. Smith

    S. Smith Guest

    On Tue, 20 Nov 2007 21:04:00 -0000, "M60" <>
    wrote:

    >
    >"S. Smith" <> wrote in message
    >news:...
    >>
    >> I'm looking for a good Quad Core motherboard to support an Intel
    >> Q6600 CPU. Ideally one that is good for overclocking. I prefer Abit
    >> boards, but am open to suggestions.
    >>
    >> I currently have an Abit AW9D-Max board with an Intel E6600
    >> overclocked to 3 Ghz and it works flawlessly. Abit claims that
    >> board supports Quad Core CPU's, but from what I've been
    >> reading on the Abit forums, it's a bit flaky with the Quad Core
    >> CPU's and overclocking on that board with the Quad Cores
    >> just makes it flakier.
    >>
    >> Any suggestions or input is welcome.
    >>
    >> Thanks in advance.


    >I have just assembled a system using an Intel D975XBX2 mo bo with a Q6600
    >cpu and its bloody marvellous. I clocked it up to 3 Ghz and it was fine but
    >as I don't require such power reset it back to 2.4.


    Nice. Thanks.

    Just curious, did you do any temperature monitoring when you had it
    oc'd to 3 GHz. Was the stock cooling sufficient (as it is with the
    E6600 oc'd to 3 GHz)?




    - Scott Smith:
    MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/choppersmith
     
    S. Smith, Nov 20, 2007
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  4. S. Smith

    Psalm Nuclei Guest

    I would suggest the Gigabyte P35-DS3R. It runs flawlessly with Vista.
    I currently have the E6420 OC'd to 3.2 ghz. Great OC'ing MB too.
     
    Psalm Nuclei, Nov 20, 2007
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  5. S. Smith

    S. Smith Guest

    On Tue, 20 Nov 2007 13:31:35 -0800 (PST), Psalm Nuclei
    <> wrote:

    >I would suggest the Gigabyte P35-DS3R. It runs flawlessly with Vista.
    >I currently have the E6420 OC'd to 3.2 ghz. Great OC'ing MB too.


    The E6420 isn't a Quad Core CPU. I have a great Dual Core motherboard
    in the Abit AW9D-Max. I need a motherboard that is designed for the
    Quad Core CPU's and overclocking them.




    - Scott Smith:
    MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/choppersmith
     
    S. Smith, Nov 20, 2007
    #5
  6. S. Smith

    Psalm Nuclei Guest

    On Nov 20, 5:25 pm, S. Smith <> wrote:
    > On Tue, 20 Nov 2007 13:31:35 -0800 (PST), Psalm Nuclei
    >
    > <> wrote:
    > >I would suggest the Gigabyte P35-DS3R. It runs flawlessly with Vista.
    > >I currently have the E6420 OC'd to 3.2 ghz. Great OC'ing MB too.

    >
    > The E6420 isn't a Quad Core CPU. I have a great Dual Core motherboard
    > in the Abit AW9D-Max. I need a motherboard that is designed for the
    > Quad Core CPU's and overclocking them.
    >
    > - Scott Smith:
    > MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/choppersmith


    I know the E6420 isn't a Quad. I was just explaining that the GA-P35-
    DS3R is a reliable mb that can also handle Quads and is a great
    overclocker.
     
    Psalm Nuclei, Nov 20, 2007
    #6
  7. On Tue, 20 Nov 2007 13:16:17 -0600, S Smith <> wrote:
    : Any suggestions or input is welcome.

    I'd been advised to poke around xtremesystems.org for discussions on
    matters like this. It was good advice.
     
    Howard Goldstein, Nov 21, 2007
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  8. S. Smith

    Psalm Nuclei Guest

    On Nov 20, 7:39 pm, (Howard Goldstein) wrote:
    > On Tue, 20 Nov 2007 13:16:17 -0600, S Smith <> wrote:
    > : Any suggestions or input is welcome.
    >
    > I'd been advised to poke around xtremesystems.org for discussions on
    > matters like this. It was good advice.


    Oh Yes! And ocforums.com too. I visit them both.
     
    Psalm Nuclei, Nov 21, 2007
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  9. S. Smith

    M60 Guest

    "S. Smith" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > On Tue, 20 Nov 2007 21:04:00 -0000, "M60" <>
    > wrote:
    >
    >>
    >>"S. Smith" <> wrote in message
    >>news:...
    >>>
    >>> I'm looking for a good Quad Core motherboard to support an Intel
    >>> Q6600 CPU. Ideally one that is good for overclocking. I prefer Abit
    >>> boards, but am open to suggestions.
    >>>
    >>> I currently have an Abit AW9D-Max board with an Intel E6600
    >>> overclocked to 3 Ghz and it works flawlessly. Abit claims that
    >>> board supports Quad Core CPU's, but from what I've been
    >>> reading on the Abit forums, it's a bit flaky with the Quad Core
    >>> CPU's and overclocking on that board with the Quad Cores
    >>> just makes it flakier.
    >>>
    >>> Any suggestions or input is welcome.
    >>>
    >>> Thanks in advance.

    >
    >>I have just assembled a system using an Intel D975XBX2 mo bo with a Q6600
    >>cpu and its bloody marvellous. I clocked it up to 3 Ghz and it was fine
    >>but
    >>as I don't require such power reset it back to 2.4.

    >
    > Nice. Thanks.
    >
    > Just curious, did you do any temperature monitoring when you had it
    > oc'd to 3 GHz. Was the stock cooling sufficient (as it is with the
    > E6600 oc'd to 3 GHz)?
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > - Scott Smith:
    > MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/choppersmith
    >


    sorry I did not fit the stock fan but an Artic Cooling Freezer 7.

    This said the stock fan looked like it could do the same job.

    I did not do any extensive temp tests.
     
    M60, Nov 21, 2007
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  10. S. Smith

    S. Smith Guest

    On Tue, 20 Nov 2007 15:56:05 -0800 (PST), Psalm Nuclei
    <> wrote:

    >On Nov 20, 5:25 pm, S. Smith <> wrote:
    >> On Tue, 20 Nov 2007 13:31:35 -0800 (PST), Psalm Nuclei
    >>
    >> <> wrote:
    >> >I would suggest the Gigabyte P35-DS3R. It runs flawlessly with Vista.
    >> >I currently have the E6420 OC'd to 3.2 ghz. Great OC'ing MB too.

    >>
    >> The E6420 isn't a Quad Core CPU. I have a great Dual Core motherboard
    >> in the Abit AW9D-Max. I need a motherboard that is designed for the
    >> Quad Core CPU's and overclocking them.
    >>

    >I know the E6420 isn't a Quad. I was just explaining that the GA-P35-
    >DS3R is a reliable mb that can also handle Quads and is a great
    >overclocker.


    OK, cool. Thanks for the tip. Upon research, this looks like an
    excellent board.

    Nice overview of the board at PCStats.com:

    http://www.pcstats.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=2187





    - Scott Smith:
    MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/choppersmith
     
    S. Smith, Nov 21, 2007
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  11. S. Smith

    Psalm Nuclei Guest

    Yeah it's a nice board.

    From what I researched when I first got into OC'ing over the summer
    was that Gigabyte and ASUS and certain Abit motherboards are the
    better (if not the best) OC'ers.

    Also check out Tom's Hardware website and forums as well as
    Anandtech.com for reviews.
     
    Psalm Nuclei, Nov 21, 2007
    #11
  12. S. Smith

    S. Smith Guest

    On Wed, 21 Nov 2007 10:29:31 -0800 (PST), Psalm Nuclei
    <> wrote:

    >Yeah it's a nice board.
    >
    >From what I researched when I first got into OC'ing over the summer
    >was that Gigabyte and ASUS and certain Abit motherboards are the
    >better (if not the best) OC'ers.
    >
    >Also check out Tom's Hardware website and forums as well as
    >Anandtech.com for reviews.



    Yes. This chart at PCStats.com would seem to indicate that
    as well.

    http://www.pcstats.com/articleview.cfm?articleid=2187&page=14

    The Gigabyte boards have 3 boards in the top five for overclocking
    speeds. Asus, Abit and Biostar all rank up there as well.

    Thanks again for the suggestion.




    - Scott Smith:
    MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/choppersmith
     
    S. Smith, Nov 21, 2007
    #12
  13. S. Smith

    Psalm Nuclei Guest

    On Nov 21, 1:47 pm, S. Smith <> wrote:
    > On Wed, 21 Nov 2007 10:29:31 -0800 (PST), Psalm Nuclei
    >
    > <> wrote:
    > >Yeah it's a nice board.

    >
    > >From what I researched when I first got into OC'ing over the summer
    > >was that Gigabyte and ASUS and certain Abit motherboards are the
    > >better (if not the best) OC'ers.

    >
    > >Also check out Tom's Hardware website and forums as well as
    > >Anandtech.com for reviews.

    >
    > Yes. This chart at PCStats.com would seem to indicate that
    > as well.
    >
    > http://www.pcstats.com/articleview.cfm?articleid=2187&page=14
    >
    > The Gigabyte boards have 3 boards in the top five for overclocking
    > speeds. Asus, Abit and Biostar all rank up there as well.
    >
    > Thanks again for the suggestion.
    >
    > - Scott Smith:
    > MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/choppersmith


    You're welcome glad to be of some kind of help!

    Are you close to making a decision? I saw a lot of talk about the Asus
    P5K just not sure if it takes quad core (too lazy to look it up! lol).

    You can't go wrong though if you choose Asus, Gigabyte or Abit. I
    chose Gigabyte also because they supposedly have better support when
    it comes to mb driver/firmware updates.
     
    Psalm Nuclei, Nov 21, 2007
    #13
  14. S. Smith

    Phil Weldon Guest

    'S. Smith' wrote:
    | Yes. This chart at PCStats.com would seem to indicate that
    | as well.
    |
    | http://www.pcstats.com/articleview.cfm?articleid=2187&page=14
    |
    | The Gigabyte boards have 3 boards in the top five for overclocking
    | speeds. Asus, Abit and Biostar all rank up there as well.
    |
    | Thanks again for the suggestion.
    _____

    If SLI graphics operation is important to you be aware that NONE of the
    motherboards in the list have that capability. For SLI you should consider
    motherboards based on the nVidia 680i chipset (see Ed Medlin's posts here
    about his Q6600/dual 8800GTX overclock.)

    Phil Weldon

    "S. Smith" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    | On Wed, 21 Nov 2007 10:29:31 -0800 (PST), Psalm Nuclei
    | <> wrote:
    |
    | >Yeah it's a nice board.
    | >
    | >From what I researched when I first got into OC'ing over the summer
    | >was that Gigabyte and ASUS and certain Abit motherboards are the
    | >better (if not the best) OC'ers.
    | >
    | >Also check out Tom's Hardware website and forums as well as
    | >Anandtech.com for reviews.
    |
    |
    | Yes. This chart at PCStats.com would seem to indicate that
    | as well.
    |
    | http://www.pcstats.com/articleview.cfm?articleid=2187&page=14
    |
    | The Gigabyte boards have 3 boards in the top five for overclocking
    | speeds. Asus, Abit and Biostar all rank up there as well.
    |
    | Thanks again for the suggestion.
    |
    |
    |
    |
    | - Scott Smith:
    | MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/choppersmith
    |
     
    Phil Weldon, Nov 21, 2007
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  15. S. Smith

    ~misfit~ Guest

    Somewhere on teh interweb Psalm Nuclei typed:
    > On Nov 21, 1:47 pm, S. Smith <> wrote:
    >> On Wed, 21 Nov 2007 10:29:31 -0800 (PST), Psalm Nuclei
    >>
    >> <> wrote:
    >>> Yeah it's a nice board.

    >>
    >>> From what I researched when I first got into OC'ing over the summer
    >>> was that Gigabyte and ASUS and certain Abit motherboards are the
    >>> better (if not the best) OC'ers.

    >>
    >>> Also check out Tom's Hardware website and forums as well as
    >>> Anandtech.com for reviews.

    >>
    >> Yes. This chart at PCStats.com would seem to indicate that
    >> as well.
    >>
    >> http://www.pcstats.com/articleview.cfm?articleid=2187&page=14
    >>
    >> The Gigabyte boards have 3 boards in the top five for overclocking
    >> speeds. Asus, Abit and Biostar all rank up there as well.
    >>
    >> Thanks again for the suggestion.
    >>
    >> - Scott Smith:
    >> MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/choppersmith

    >
    > You're welcome glad to be of some kind of help!
    >
    > Are you close to making a decision? I saw a lot of talk about the Asus
    > P5K just not sure if it takes quad core (too lazy to look it up! lol).


    I have a P5K. Yes they take quad core, yes they'll take the new 45nm Penryn
    dual/quad core. In my opinion an awesome board. Mine's the P5K-E WiFi-AP
    model, I wouldn't go for the bare P5K model myself, the -E model (and above)
    is built on a different PCB, the same as all the top-end range. However, the
    vanilla P5K seems to do /quite/ well:

    http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/mainboards/display/asus-p5k_2.html

    You'll note that they say of the model I have "get a flagship product at a
    very justified price". (Bear in mind it's translated into English, they mean
    that it's the best deal in the range.)

    Mine runs my E4500 (2.2GHz) at 3.3GHz rock solid. I bought the cheapish CPU
    to last me until the 45nm quads are more affordable, maybe 18 months? Of
    course I'll be keeping this board, it was with a quad 45nm CPU in mind that
    I bought it.

    > You can't go wrong though if you choose Asus, Gigabyte or Abit. I
    > chose Gigabyte also because they supposedly have better support when
    > it comes to mb driver/firmware updates.


    I like Asus first, then Gigabyte. I have no personal experience with Abit so
    I won't comment. (Nothing worse than people who recommend things they know
    nothing about.)
    --
    TTFN,

    Shaun.
     
    ~misfit~, Nov 21, 2007
    #15
  16. S. Smith

    ~misfit~ Guest

    Somewhere on teh interweb ~misfit~ typed:
    > Somewhere on teh interweb Psalm Nuclei typed:
    >> On Nov 21, 1:47 pm, S. Smith <> wrote:
    >>> On Wed, 21 Nov 2007 10:29:31 -0800 (PST), Psalm Nuclei
    >>>
    >>> <> wrote:
    >>>> Yeah it's a nice board.
    >>>
    >>>> From what I researched when I first got into OC'ing over the summer
    >>>> was that Gigabyte and ASUS and certain Abit motherboards are the
    >>>> better (if not the best) OC'ers.
    >>>
    >>>> Also check out Tom's Hardware website and forums as well as
    >>>> Anandtech.com for reviews.
    >>>
    >>> Yes. This chart at PCStats.com would seem to indicate that
    >>> as well.
    >>>
    >>> http://www.pcstats.com/articleview.cfm?articleid=2187&page=14
    >>>
    >>> The Gigabyte boards have 3 boards in the top five for overclocking
    >>> speeds. Asus, Abit and Biostar all rank up there as well.
    >>>
    >>> Thanks again for the suggestion.
    >>>
    >>> - Scott Smith:
    >>> MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/choppersmith

    >>
    >> You're welcome glad to be of some kind of help!
    >>
    >> Are you close to making a decision? I saw a lot of talk about the
    >> Asus P5K just not sure if it takes quad core (too lazy to look it
    >> up! lol).

    >
    > I have a P5K. Yes they take quad core, yes they'll take the new 45nm
    > Penryn dual/quad core. In my opinion an awesome board. Mine's the
    > P5K-E WiFi-AP model, I wouldn't go for the bare P5K model myself, the
    > -E model (and above) is built on a different PCB, the same as all the
    > top-end range. However, the vanilla P5K seems to do /quite/ well:
    >
    > http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/mainboards/display/asus-p5k_2.html
    >
    > You'll note that they say of the model I have "get a flagship product
    > at a very justified price". (Bear in mind it's translated into
    > English, they mean that it's the best deal in the range.)
    >
    > Mine runs my E4500 (2.2GHz) at 3.3GHz rock solid. I bought the
    > cheapish CPU to last me until the 45nm quads are more affordable,
    > maybe 18 months? Of course I'll be keeping this board, it was with a
    > quad 45nm CPU in mind that I bought it.
    >
    >> You can't go wrong though if you choose Asus, Gigabyte or Abit. I
    >> chose Gigabyte also because they supposedly have better support when
    >> it comes to mb driver/firmware updates.

    >
    > I like Asus first, then Gigabyte. I have no personal experience with
    > Abit so I won't comment. (Nothing worse than people who recommend
    > things they know nothing about.)


    One thing: If you want to overclock *never* buy an Asus motherboard with a
    name that ends in "-VM". That denotes their basic range and they have *zero*
    native overclocking ability. I mention this as I see that there is a P5K-VM.
    --
    TTFN,

    Shaun.
     
    ~misfit~, Nov 22, 2007
    #16
  17. S. Smith

    DevilsPGD Guest

    In message <> S. Smith
    <> wrote:

    >I'm looking for a good Quad Core motherboard to support an Intel
    >Q6600 CPU. Ideally one that is good for overclocking. I prefer Abit
    >boards, but am open to suggestions.
    >
    >I currently have an Abit AW9D-Max board with an Intel E6600
    >overclocked to 3 Ghz and it works flawlessly. Abit claims that
    >board supports Quad Core CPU's, but from what I've been
    >reading on the Abit forums, it's a bit flaky with the Quad Core
    >CPU's and overclocking on that board with the Quad Cores
    >just makes it flakier.
    >
    >Any suggestions or input is welcome.


    I've got a couple Asus P5H DH that I'm very happy with, my desktop is
    currently on that same CPU (Although I did replace the stock cooling,
    mostly because I despise the mounting mechanism, plus I wanted control
    over the direction of the fan due to my unusual airflow in my P180)

    I don't overclock though.

    My experience with Abit is somewhat dated (2-4 years), but I've never
    been wow'd by 'em.
     
    DevilsPGD, Nov 22, 2007
    #17
  18. On Wed, 21 Nov 2007 18:18:34 -0700, DevilsPGD <> wrote:
    : In message <> S. Smith
    : <> wrote:
    :
    : >I'm looking for a good Quad Core motherboard to support an Intel
    : >Q6600 CPU. Ideally one that is good for overclocking. I prefer Abit
    : >boards, but am open to suggestions.
    : >
    : >I currently have an Abit AW9D-Max board with an Intel E6600
    : >overclocked to 3 Ghz and it works flawlessly. Abit claims that
    : >board supports Quad Core CPU's, but from what I've been
    : >reading on the Abit forums, it's a bit flaky with the Quad Core
    : >CPU's and overclocking on that board with the Quad Cores
    : >just makes it flakier.
    : >
    : >Any suggestions or input is welcome.
    :
    : I've got a couple Asus P5H DH that I'm very happy with, my desktop is
    : currently on that same CPU (Although I did replace the stock cooling,
    : mostly because I despise the mounting mechanism, plus I wanted control
    : over the direction of the fan due to my unusual airflow in my P180)
    :
    : I don't overclock though.

    I'll join you in a good word for the P5W DH. The board is like
    3-4 generations behind so the pricing should be excellent. I'm below
    average OC experience but that board took my old E6600 up to 3.6Ghz
    stable...I did have to cook it with 1.5v though.

    (B3 stepping, the chip has left this existence to pine in the fjords,
    may it RIP)(it wasn't 1.5v that did it, more like the 12V that did it
    thanks to naively expecting thermal tape on a BGA heat sink to
    actually stick to an FET)
     
    Howard Goldstein, Nov 23, 2007
    #18
  19. S. Smith

    DevilsPGD Guest

    In message <> (Howard
    Goldstein) wrote:

    >I'll join you in a good word for the P5W DH. The board is like
    >3-4 generations behind so the pricing should be excellent.


    It also has a habit of just working, I've run XP, Vista, Vista-64,
    2003-64 and 2008-64, the only hassle was for 2003-64 to slipstream the
    SATA AHCI driver into the installer.

    No massive driver struggles, which was a nice change.
     
    DevilsPGD, Nov 23, 2007
    #19
  20. S. Smith

    SHRED Guest

    SHRED, Nov 24, 2007
    #20
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