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  • arswihart - Friday, February 18, 2005 - link

    where is evidence of a v2.2 9nda3+? Reply
  • arswihart - Friday, February 18, 2005 - link

    nm zipzoomfly does not have them, although really newegg and mwave, who cares if not every single seller has them, they are easily purchasable and should've been included is my point Reply
  • arswihart - Friday, February 18, 2005 - link

    I got my 9nda3+ from Mwave, plus Zipzoomfly has them, not to mention others. What are you talking about? I take back my comments about the nf4 boards, but you really should've included the nf3 boards. Reply
  • sonicDivx - Wednesday, February 16, 2005 - link

    umm the NForce3 (939) prices are missing Reply
  • Live - Monday, February 14, 2005 - link

    It did help :) Thanks for the swift replies Visual and Kristopher. These little nuggets of information could give extra value to the price guides if included. Reply
  • KristopherKubicki - Monday, February 14, 2005 - link

    Live: I think Visual makes the best point. Online the prices remain very close to each other, but offline the two boards have a larger disparity in price.

    Visual: The Neo2 Platinum (the socket 939 nforce board) went on backorder everywhere overnight. It got real pricey. the original Neo (socket 754) is still a great buy and I would c onsider it just as good as the otpion we recommended for the guide (for a 754 board).

    Hope that helps,

  • lsman - Monday, February 14, 2005 - link

    Pretty much only newegg carry the Epox 9nda3+ or j. And Epox is yet again with newer verison. (9nda3+ up to ver. 2.2 now) Better BIOS option (but the Caps are different...) Reply
  • Visual - Monday, February 14, 2005 - link

    on their price engine, the a8n-sli vanilla is priced almost same as deluxe, so it makes sense to go with the deluxe... if the prices were such.

    but they aren't. i wont bother myself with checking the online shop prices, but at my local shop i got myself a vanilla asus sli for $140, while the deluxe was $40 more. in these circumstances the extra cash for the deluxe is not worth it. if you actually look around some forums you'll see a common advise is don't use the extra sata ports, and dont use the extra lan port on the deluxe, even disable them in the bios :p then why pay for them in the first place?

    funny how you dont list the msi neo2 platinum nforce3 board... with it being the best nforce3 out there (at least according your reviews). has it stopped selling or what?
  • Live - Sunday, February 13, 2005 - link

    Good guide as usual. One thing that I don’t understand is why the ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe is recommended over the vanilla ASUS A8N-SLI.

    The only thing you get that is deluxe is a second LAN port and extra raid options. I fail to see what you would use a extra LAN port for? I only have one internet connection and most LAN:s are set up with hubs or routers. So what is it for?

    The silicon raid controller is only useful if you want to add more the 4 hard drives in your raid setup right? How many users do this? Considering the use of raid is not that common I would guess a 4+ raid setup would be a very rare find indeed. It would seem to me that the extra $ spent on the “deluxe” would be much better invested in almost any other part of your setup.

    So why the deluxe?
  • KristopherKubicki - Sunday, February 13, 2005 - link

    The reason why we didnt mention Epox products is because - you can't buy them anywhere.

  • ChineseDemocracyGNR - Sunday, February 13, 2005 - link

    no he's not kidding. There are several reports of dead boards, or boards that killed PSU's, memory modules and processors.
    Both moderators of dfi-street had their boards die on them.

    And not just related to this, but if you really want to know the truth you can't settle for AnandTech's review of any product.
  • bersl2 - Sunday, February 13, 2005 - link

    On Thursday night, the MSI nForce4 Ultra board hit $145 + $5 shipping on NewEgg. It's out of stock right now, though. Reply
  • overclockingoodness - Sunday, February 13, 2005 - link

    #8: You are kidding, right? The latest DFI motherboards are the best of the best. Check out the latest AnandTech review if you want to know the truth. Reply
  • arswihart - Sunday, February 13, 2005 - link

    no one know what the DFI's performance is yet, so I don't know what you're talking about. And looking at various hardware forums on the net, there seem to be more problems with DFI than with Epox Reply
  • overclockingoodness - Saturday, February 12, 2005 - link

    Yep, I agree with you justly. Just because SiS chipsets are not for extreme users doesn't mean they are not a worthy contender. As you already know, enthusiasts make minority of the PC buying population. Only if you guys reviewed SiS based motherboards, value users may want to look into them. NVIDA, VIA and Intel aren't everything. Reply
  • justly - Saturday, February 12, 2005 - link

    I don't understand why Anandtech seems to have such a hard time recognizing SiS as a chipset option.

    Why is SiS listed at the end of the last page under "other deals" and not under "Athlon 64 AGP", the SiS 755FX is a "Athlon 64 AGP" chipset is it not?

    When doing a search for SiS chipsets why "only" search for the 755FX chipset?

    Maybe you could explain how "SIS clearly lost the "oomph" they once had", as far as I can recall every Anandtech review of (or comparison to) a SiS based motherboard (since the days of the 735 chipset) has shown SiS as a good if not a excellent chipset for all but the most extreme of enthusiasts/overclockers.

    I just can't fathom why SiS (and ULi/ALi) seem to be looked at by the Anandtech staff as if they are lepers and can't be associated with the likes of nVidia and VIA when they often perform as good as if not better than equaly priced (or even more expensive) boards using these other chipsets.
  • PrinceGaz - Saturday, February 12, 2005 - link

    I'm sure it'll be included in an upcoming nForce4 roundup. Epox's mobo will have to be something special to outperform DFI's though. Reply
  • arswihart - Saturday, February 12, 2005 - link

    specifically, forgot to mention, they left out the 9npa (nf4), and did not mention 9npa-sli which will be released shortly. Also, did not mention the 9nda3+ that they reviewed. Thats not very respectful to Epox Reply
  • arswihart - Saturday, February 12, 2005 - link

    amazing, they totally ignored Epox, the best motherboard maker out there

    and they have yet to issue an update to there negative review of the 9nda3+, to my knowledge, this is the most trouble-free 939 motherboard out there today. They have new BIOS code that fixes the early memory limitation Anandtech flamed about. Basically, now that I own a 9NDA3+, I can't really take Anandtech's reviews for a grain of salt.
  • Manzelle - Saturday, February 12, 2005 - link

    Graph states 2001 as the year... Reply
  • ChineseDemocracyGNR - Saturday, February 12, 2005 - link

    May I suggest adding the Soltek SL-K890Pro-939 to the list of K8T890 boards.

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