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  • BigP - Wednesday, June 21, 2006 - link

    Im a self build Virgin - but I'm going in at the deep end. Intel's site makes their Dual Core stuff sound awsome!(a) Is it?(b)Should I look to spend my cash elsewhere when considering a motherboard/processor? Reply
  • Gary Key - Saturday, July 15, 2006 - link

    This board is fine for stock performance and if you get rev-0304 it works very well with Core 2 Duo. Reply
  • FOXY25 - Sunday, February 04, 2007 - link

    hi that are my system setting. My system sometimes make complete restart and i dont know why. I have change entire board with another and nothing. Do y think that could be in memory i have 2x DDR2 1024 MB at 800 Mhz Kingmax. thanks for answer.Foxy


    ====== Board ======
    Manufacturer Intel Corporation
    Product Name D975XBX
    Version AAD27094-306
    Serial Number BQBX645001ND
    BIOS Version BX97510J.86A.1476.2007.0119.1334
    BIOS ROM Size 512 KB
    BIOS Release Date 19.1.2007

    ====== Processor ======
    Manufacturer Intel(R) Corporation
    Processor Name Intel(R) Core(TM)2 CPU 6400 @ 2,13GHz (2 Cores)
    Bus Speed 1067 MHz
    Processor Speed 2,133 GHz
    Stepping 6
    Form Factor Other
    Hyper-Threading Technology Status Not Supported

    ====== Cache ======
    L1 Cache Data Cache 32 KB, Code Cache 32 KB Per Processor Core
    L2 Cache 2048 KB Unified Cache (2048 KB Cache Per 2 Cores)

    ====== Memory ======
    Error Correction Single-bit ECC
    Maximum System Memory 4 GB
    Memory Slots 4

    ---- CHAN A DIMM 0 ----
    Socket Designation CHAN A DIMM 0
    Current Memory Type DDR2
    Installed Size No Module Installed

    ---- CHAN A DIMM 1 ----
    Socket Designation CHAN A DIMM 1
    Current Memory Type DDR2
    Installed Size 1024 MB
    Memory Speed 800 MHz

    ---- CHAN B DIMM 0 ----
    Socket Designation CHAN B DIMM 0
    Current Memory Type DDR2
    Installed Size No Module Installed

    ---- CHAN B DIMM 1 ----
    Socket Designation CHAN B DIMM 1
    Current Memory Type DDR2
    Installed Size 1024 MB
    Memory Speed 800 MHz

    ====== Onboard Devices ======
    #Device Type Ethernet
    Device Description Intel (R) 82562 Ethernet Device
    Device Status Enabled
    #Device Type Sound
    Device Description Intel(R) Azalia Audio Device
    Device Status Disabled
    #Device Type Other
    Device Description Silicon Image 3114 SATA RAID Controller
    Device Status Disabled
    #Device Type Other
    Device Description Texas Instruments TSB82AA2 1394A/B Controller
    Device Status Disabled

    ====== Hard Drive ======
    #Model ST3320620AS
    Max. Transfer Mode UDMA 6 (ATA/133)
    Active Transfer Mode UDMA 5 (ATA/100)
    S.M.A.R.T. Status Enabled
    Size 298,09 GB
    #Model ST380811AS
    Max. Transfer Mode UDMA 6 (ATA/133)
    Active Transfer Mode UDMA 5 (ATA/100)
    S.M.A.R.T. Status Enabled
    Size 74,53 GB

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  • JarrettV - Thursday, February 23, 2006 - link

    Does this board support dolby digital live in the sigmatel audio chipset? I'm looking to replace my old SoundStorm setup.

    Also, does Intel High Definition = Dolby Digital Live support?
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  • neilfeier - Wednesday, February 22, 2006 - link

    Unlike most users of this motherboard that want to use the dual x8 PCIe slots for graphics, I want to use them for benchmarking a pair of x4 data acquisition boards we are developing. I want to test max rates to and from memory, as well as peer-to-peer transfers between the two boards (assuming the MCH allows this).

    So my question is: Do you think I can I put a x16 or x8 PCIe graphics card in the third x4 PCIe slot hanging off the south bridge? I don't care about graphics performance too much, I just want a dual monitor card that will work in that slot and leave the main two slots free.

    And ideas on this would be helpful. Thanks!
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  • Gary Key - Wednesday, February 22, 2006 - link

    I will try it this weekend and report back. Reply
  • neilfeier - Friday, March 03, 2006 - link

    Thanks Gary, I anxiously await the results of your experiment.

    Neil
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  • Gary Key - Thursday, March 09, 2006 - link

    Hi Neil,

    I had video working in this slot. I updated to the new bios release today and will test the performance in a couple of days.

    Thanks,
    Gary
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  • Gary Key - Tuesday, March 28, 2006 - link

    Neil,

    Performance is average but it works.

    Gary
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  • Missing Ghost - Monday, January 30, 2006 - link

    quote:

    The x16 interface supports full duplex transfers up to 8 GBytes/second in x16 operation and single-ended transfers are supported up to 4 GBytes/second in x8 operation.

    error! That's not how pcie works! pcie is always full duplex, and never single-ended!
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  • Gary Key - Saturday, February 11, 2006 - link

    quote:

    error! That's not how pcie works! pcie is always full duplex, and never single-ended!


    Actually, depending upon the device PCI-E does support single-ended transfers. I probably should have worded my statement differently.
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  • Bozo Galora - Thursday, January 26, 2006 - link

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  • Zebo - Friday, January 27, 2006 - link

    It's pretty sad Garys great article is'nt being read more - only 16 replies almost two days later - he can blame intel and thier non-exciting chips ATM. Reply
  • Gary Key - Friday, January 27, 2006 - link

    I should have put "Conroe Comes to Town" in the headline. ;-) At least the board is showing the 1333 fsb setting, hint, hint. Intel's products are a little mundane at the moment but at least we have 20 replies now, anything less and I owed my dog a Big Mac. Reply
  • danidentity - Thursday, January 26, 2006 - link

    Do you guys plan on doing a 975X motherboard roundup in the future? If so, when is it going to be ready? Reply
  • Gary Key - Thursday, January 26, 2006 - link

    quote:

    Do you guys plan on doing a 975X motherboard roundup in the future? If so, when is it going to be ready?


    We have three more 975x boards to review. I estimate in about three weeks the roundup will be ready.
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  • danidentity - Thursday, January 26, 2006 - link

    Thanks Gary. Also, is there any word on whether 975X will support Conroe? Reply
  • Gary Key - Thursday, January 26, 2006 - link

    quote:

    Thanks Gary. Also, is there any word on whether 975X will support Conroe?


    We continue to ask this question. As soon as we have an answer it will be front page news. :-) This board officially supports the 1333 fsb that we will see on product launches this summer but whether they will respin the 975x or not is up in the air right now.
    Reply
  • AGAC - Thursday, January 26, 2006 - link

    The lack of performance, specialy when compared to an AMD similarly priced system should be compensated with a richer array of features. Looks like intel failed at that. Couple that with a higher energy bill, hotter/noisier computer and there you may explain why so many people now have AMD systems. For me, my last intel PC was a Pentium III. It was good for over 7 years, went from my home to my office untill a cheaply configured Sempron recently put it out of it's duties. Reply
  • AGAC - Thursday, January 26, 2006 - link

    Can enyone tell me why? Is this "William Shakespeare inside" some spiner's new trend? And while we're talking about intel's marketing strategy what's all the hype with this viiv thang? Reply
  • ruprecht - Thursday, January 26, 2006 - link

    What the hell is wrong with Americans? Just say bad ass, it's hardly a hard-core expletive! Reply
  • yacoub - Friday, January 27, 2006 - link

    Professional image versus immaturity. Anandtech has a professional image and likely wants to maintain it. Reply
  • Griswold - Friday, January 27, 2006 - link

    ...land of the free. Whatever. Reply
  • DigitalFreak - Thursday, January 26, 2006 - link

    We're prudes! Well, not me, but... Reply
  • Avalon - Thursday, January 26, 2006 - link

    This board is pretty pitiful, IMO, when several other solutions out there can outpace it. Unless the board is offered cheaper than the competition, I see no reason to buy it. Reply
  • JarredWalton - Thursday, January 26, 2006 - link

    Intel's proven reliability and support. Some people will happily give up 10% or more performance just for a major name like Intel. I'm not one of them, but they do exist.... :) Reply
  • yacoub - Friday, January 27, 2006 - link

    But you pay a lot more for it... Reply
  • Zebo - Friday, January 27, 2006 - link

    No knowledgeable computer hardware expert seriously believes that there is enough of a stability difference between the platforms to warrant a scientific comparison or research study by an objective outsider. Most "issues" stem from OE or bloated buggy SW and drivers, simple as that - not the hardware itself.

    Toms tries such a comparison but as you know a sample size of one is'nt very scientific so we'll discount intels 11 reboots two Asus boards, two intel boards, one gigabit board to AMD's 0 reboots in the stress test.:D:)
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  • Zebo - Friday, January 27, 2006 - link

    Or should I say where's the proof over anything else? Sounds like urban legend to me. Something the intel boys claim with almost programed resposivness then stop replying in that thread once asked for proof. Reply
  • Sunbird - Thursday, January 26, 2006 - link

    Excuse my ignorance, is Bad Axe a new american slang word? Reply
  • LoneWolf15 - Thursday, January 26, 2006 - link

    "Bad Axe" is also a city in the state of Michigan.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bad_Axe,_Michigan">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bad_Axe,_Michigan
    Reply
  • fishbits - Thursday, January 26, 2006 - link

    That they chose to call this (or anything else) "Bad Axe" will be both the funniest and saddest thing I read all day. Reply
  • JarredWalton - Thursday, January 26, 2006 - link

    I think it's a play off of "Bad Ass" - say it fast and "axe" sounds a lot like "ass" to me. Basically, it was a codename from Intel designed to sound cool. Love it or hate it, that's what they used. Intel has geeks working there too, it seems! :) Reply
  • BATCH71 - Thursday, January 26, 2006 - link

    I really wanted this board to be a SLI-screamer. I guess that is not the case. Next processor will be an AMD. Reply

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