Any known issues with MSI K8T Neo F* VIA K8T800 Socket 754 Motherboards?

Discussion in 'IBM' started by ANTant, Sep 19, 2004.

  1. ANTant

    ANTant Guest

    Hello! It is that time of the year to upgrade my aging gaming system to
    an AMD Athlon 64. I need to know if these two MSI K8T Neo (FIS2R and
    FSR) are good for my setup. They are VIA K8T800 and Socket 754.

    http://alpha.zimage.com/~ant/antfarm/about/computers.txt shows my
    current configuration and setup for the primary/gaming computer. I will
    be replacing/removing its CPU, motherboard, RAM, sound card, NIC, and
    Red Hat Linux 7.2 (going to install Debian to coexists with XP Pro.). I
    am planning to get a Sound Blaster Audigy 2 card. Everything else will
    be the same and untouched, including my HDD partitions (planning a
    repair install in Windows XP). Note that I have 5 IDE devices. Yes, I
    am crazy.

    My biggest issue is how compatible will the motherboard be with Debian?
    Will the latest Kernel 2.4 driver be enough? I hope this motherboard is
    mature and stable enough with all issues out of the way with the latest
    revision and BIOS.

    I mainly use this box for gaming (newest and upcoming games)n both
    Windows and Debian, Internet stuff, Debian, Windows, graphic work,
    simple video editing, watching video from TV and movies, etc.

    Any tips and suggestions are welcomed. Thank you in advance. :)
    --
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    in the pants?! Ants in the Pants?!! ..." --Eric Cartman in South Park's
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    ANTant, Sep 19, 2004
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  2. I would strongly recommend you *NOT* buy any system based on a VIA chipset.
    At best you'll end up with a mother board that does not preform as well as
    an nVidia system. Typically, however you'll end up with a system that has
    all kinds of fun "quirks". I know that MSI makes a couple of nice high end
    system boards based on the nForce3 chipset, if you want to get one of their
    bords I would suggest you look into one of those. Right now I'm running a
    Chaintech ZNF3-250 and am fairly happy with it.

    Carlo
     
    Carlo Razzeto, Sep 19, 2004
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    jack Guest

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    So like, how many NG's are you going to x-post to, troll?

    J.
     
    jack, Sep 19, 2004
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    Rick Moen Guest

    Ordinarily, I would stay about a mile away from any newsgroup thread
    that some drooling cretin has cross-posted across SEVEN newsgroups.
    (Grow up, guy.) However, I'm able to (barely) justify joining this
    misbegotten thread because of I'm setting followups to ONE newsgroup --
    long enough to ask this question:

    So, are there any nForce3 motherboard chipset variants at all that can
    be used on Linux without resorting to binary-only, proprietary drivers
    from nVidia? If not, kindly disclose that when you recommend such
    things, since we're not all clueless Windows gamers with no regard for
    the lessons of Linux history.
     
    Rick Moen, Sep 19, 2004
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  5. David N. Welton, Sep 19, 2004
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    ANTant Guest

    Hello! It is that time of the year to upgrade my aging gaming system to
    Aren't all nForce3 chipset require they require 939 CPUs? Those CPUs
    cost too much especially 3500+. I'm not that rich! :)
    --
    "Oh, look what Kyle got me, it's a red Mega... Ants in the pants? Ants
    in the pants?! Ants in the Pants?!! ..." --Eric Cartman in South Park's
    Damien Episode (Season 1; Episode 8)
    /\___/\
    / /\ /\ \ Phillip (Ant) @ http://antfarm.ma.cx & http://aqfl.net
    | |o o| | E-mail: or
    \ _ / Nuke ANT from e-mail address if your e-mail was returned.
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    ANTant, Sep 20, 2004
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  7. I'm running my Athlon64 3000+ Socket 754 CPU on an nForce3 250 chipset.

    CArlo
     
    Carlo Razzeto, Sep 20, 2004
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  8. I don't do any Linux.... yet but I have a couple of the MSI K8T Neo FSRs in
    the office which have been running WinXP fine on fairly intensive
    compiling/assembly product develoment work, fairly numerically intensive
    (linear programming) stuff and the usual general browsing & office
    software.

    My only bleat is that one has a SATA drive and the HDD LED does not work
    with the (VIA chipset) SATA - from what I gathered it's a mbrd issue which
    cannot be corrected with a BIOS update though later mbrds *may* have been
    fixed. Other than that everything was as smooth as I've seen for install &
    running of XP.
    I've personally never had an issue with a VIA chipset based mbrd but then
    I've never used one with any exotic add-in cards... something which others
    claim can be troublesome. For you the Sound Blaster (Anything) raises a
    bit of a red flag with a VIA chipset - dunno if current VIA chips have
    resolved such issues but certainly something to search for. I believe
    there have also been issues in the past with video capture boards which
    would seem to be something you should research before spending $$.
    Rgds, George Macdonald

    "Just because they're paranoid doesn't mean you're not psychotic" - Who, me??
     
    George Macdonald, Sep 20, 2004
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