Jan 052005
 

Ok, I’m going to be making this REALLY huge purchase next week and there are some bundles available that include memory I could give to netgoth so that she would be at 1GB as well.

So.

Compare and contrast. Thoughts on the following Motherboards, please. Basically..what the hell is the difference other than price and name brand? The only real difference I see is in chipsets, and I’m not familiar with the pros and cons of them to know which would be better.

ASUS “A8V Deluxe” VIA K8T800 Pro Chipset Motherboard For AMD Socket 939 CPU -RETAIL

Model# A8V DELUXE
Item # N82E16813131510

Specifications:
Supported CPU: AMD Athlon 64/Athlon 64 FX
Chipset: K8T800Pro + VT8237
RAM: 4x DIMM Dual Channel DDR400/333/266 Max 4GB
Slots: 1x AGP 8X, 5x PCI
Ports: 2x PS/2,1x COM,1x LPT,8x USB2.0(Rear 4),1x IEEE1394,1x RJ45,2x S/PDIF out,Audio Ports
IDE: 2x ATA 133 up to 4 Devices, 1x ATA 133 up to 2 Devices by Promise 20378 with RAID 0/1/0+1
SATA: 2x Serial ATA with RAID 0/1, 2x Serial ATA by Promise 20378 with RAID 0/1/0+1
Onboard Audio: Realtek ALC850 8-CH
Onboard LAN: Marvell 88E8001 GbE
Onboard IEEE1394: 2x 1394 ports
Form Factor: ATX

MSI “K8T NEO2-FIR” VIA K8T800 Pro Chipset Motherboard for AMD Socket 939 CPU -RETAIL

Model# K8T NEO2-FIR
Item # N82E16813130463

Specifications:
Supported CPU: AMD Athlon 64/Athlon 64 FX
Chipset: K8T800Pro+VT8237
RAM: 4x DIMM for DDR400/333/266 Max 4GB
Slots: 1x AGP 8X, 5x PCI
Ports: 2x PS/2,1x COM,1x LPT,8x USB2.0(Rear 4),2x IEEE1394,1x RJ45,1x S/PDIF out,1x IrDA, Audio Ports
IDE: 2x ATA 133 up to 4 Devices, 1x ATA 133 up to 2 Devices by Promise 20579 with RAID 0/1/0+1
SATA: 2x SATA with RAID 0/1, 2x SATA by Promise 20579 with RAID 0/1/0+1
Onboard Audio: Realtek ALC850 8-CH
Onboard LAN: Realtek 8110S Gbt LAN
Onboard IEEE1394: VT6306
Form Factor: ATX

GIGABYTE “GA-K8NS Ultra-939” NVIDIA nForce3 ULTRA Chipset Motherboard For AMD Socket 939 CPU -RETAIL

Model# GA-K8NS Ultra-939
Item # N82E16813128263

Specifications:
Supported CPU: Socket 939 AMD Athlon 64FX/64 processor
Chipset: nForce3 ULTRA
RAM: 4x DIMM Supports dual channel DDR266/333/400 Max 4GB
Slots: 1x AGP 4X/8X, 5x PCI
Ports: 2x PS/2, 2x COM, 1x LPT, 8x USB2.0(Rear 4), 2x RJ45, Audio Ports
IDE: 2x ATA 133 up to 4 Devices with NV Raid 0/1/0+1
SATA/RAID: 2x SATA with NV Raid 0/1/0+1, 2x SATA by Sil3512 with RAID 0/1
Onboard Audio: ALC850 8-Ch
Onboard LAN: 1x Marvell 8001 GbE, 1x ICS 1883 10/100Mbs LAN
Onboard IEEE1394: 2x 1394b supports 3 ports by T.I.TSB82AA2
Form Factor: ATX

As always, any input is appreciated.

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