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 Post subject: Best Current 939 AGP Board For Overclocking?
PostPosted: Sat Apr 30, 2005 10:03 pm 
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I've been away for a while due to family health problems. Just wondering what you guys think is the best socket 939 board for overclocking currently?
After searching for a while, the MSI Neo2 Platinum seems to have been popular a while back, but also seems to have some serious issues.
It would also be nice if it wasnt too pricey, as this is for a second, backup system. Still, I do want to be able to overclock well enough to keep it up there in performance.
I plan on pairing it with a A64 3000. Thanks, for any assistance.


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The DFI NForce4 boards are suppose to be pretty good for overclocking. The only thing is they are PCI-Express for video.

Other than the current NForce4 boards, I don't know.

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DFI nF4 Ultra-D is the top overclocker. The BIOS is rich with options that would make a veteran do a double take and it's the only board that can supply up to 4.0V to the RAM without a mod and/or DDR Booster.

MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum is a close second. If not using the VX line of RAM from OCZ, the MSI is right on the heels of the DFI in terms of OCability.


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DFI nF4 Ultra-D is the top overclocker. The BIOS is rich with options that would make a veteran do a double take and it's the only board that can supply up to 4.0V to the RAM without a mod and/or DDR Booster.

MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum is a close second. If not using the VX line of RAM from OCZ, the MSI is right on the heels of the DFI in terms of OCability.
key acronym AGP


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Yes, the Neo2 Platinum is the best OC'ing board for s939 AGP. I think #2 is the Asus A8V-Deluxe..


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One4yu2C nailed it on the head. In review after review the DFI LanParty nf4 SLI was hailed. And it's the only board out there capable of sending 4v to RAM. My MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum is a doll, too, and though it can't overclock as well as the LanParty, in stock performance it's as good any. The only knock against the DFI LanParty, though, is the awkward jumper blocks necessary for enabling/disabling SLI.


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blaztor wrote:
One4yu2C nailed it on the head. In review after review the DFI LanParty nf4 SLI was hailed. And it's the only board out there capable of sending 4v to RAM. My MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum is a doll, too, and though it can't overclock as well as the LanParty, in stock performance it's as good any. The only knock against the DFI LanParty, though, is the awkward jumper blocks necessary for enabling/disabling SLI.
AGP!!he needs AGP people, quit recommending him these PCI-E boards, he doesnt want a PCI-E board.


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PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2005 11:40 am 
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When it comes to an AGP board, I'd go with what OCNoob said and get the MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum, and if you're interested in overclocking your RAM as well, you can always get OCZ DDR Booster which will give you extended voltages. Just make sure your PSU has a 5v rail to power the LCD Read so you know what the voltages are at. As of now the only ATX2.0 PSU's that have a 5v rail, however, are the OCZ Powerstream Series, which is something else you'll want to be aware of for future upgrades.


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um, all psu's have 5 volt rails, its a requirement.


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PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2005 11:53 am 
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athlon11 wrote:
um, all psu's have 5 volt rails, its a requirement.


Yes, but the newer ATX2.0 PSU's are ridding of them because there is no need for them, hense the italicized 2.0 in my post. But just in case I'm going to go do a little research.

EDIT: Okay, I think you're right, my bad. But I'm still somewhat skeptical since I've seen other situations in which people could not run the LCD read on the OCZ DDR Booster due to the lack of 5v rails in an ATX2.0 PSU, perhaps it was a misinterpretation.


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athlon11 wrote:
key acronym AGP


Oopsy daisy, I was paying more attention to the post than the thread title.

In that case, OCModerate gave the correct answer. Here's an AGP/939 roundup for the original poster to gander - LINK.

Also, I'm not sure what 'issues' he's referring to with the K8N Neo2, as I can say from first hand experience it's an awesome mobo. As for pricing, it was usually priced around $140 but can be found for $120 shipped at MonarchComputer, or around $100 shipped on various For Sale forums.


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athlon11 wrote:
um, all psu's have 5 volt rails, its a requirement.


Yes, but the newer ATX2.0 PSU's are ridding of them because there is no need for them, hense the italicized 2.0 in my post. But just in case I'm going to go do a little research.

EDIT: Okay, I think you're right, my bad. But I'm still somewhat skeptical since I've seen other situations in which people could not run the LCD read on the OCZ DDR Booster due to the lack of 5v rails in an ATX2.0 PSU, perhaps it was a misinterpretation.
you must have misunderstood, because thats whats new about the SATA power plug from the standard molex, it has all three, +12v, +5v and +3.3v going to the connector instead of just 12 and 3.3 like molex. all PSUs including all ATX 2.0 PSUs will have a 5v rail.


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For the high vDIMM, a strong +5v rail is highly recommended - not just having one.


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PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2005 9:28 pm 
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OCNoob wrote:
For the high vDIMM, a strong +5v rail is highly recommended - not just having one.



Whats the most affordable power supply you would recommend, given the need for a strong +5v rail?


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For MSI boards, the +5v rail is not an issue - DDR draws power from the +3.3v rail. A decent Antec/Enermax should suffice since the RAM isn't going to go above 2.9v.

However, when coupled with the DDR Booster, which taps into the +5v rail, a significantly higher quality unit should be a given.


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