Asus A7N8X-DX

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by RobbieSan, Jan 27, 2003.

  1. RobbieSan

    RobbieSan Guest

    This is the board I'm considering buying.. I'm looking at the DX model for Serial ATA..

    Regarding RAM, I've heard that PC3200 provides insignificant performance gains over PC2700.. is that true?

    How is the BIOS for the board? Does Asus provide good updates?

    How stable is the board in general? How about overclocking?

    I am also looking at scoring a Barton 2500+ processor.. any insights to this? should I go with an XP instead?

  2. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

    Sacramento, CA
    outstanding board. asus is good with bios updates, too. and yes, pc3200 doesn't give you much over pc2700. and it's actually slower in some cases than low-latency pc2700. and pc2700 (333mhz) would run synchronous with a 333mhz bus processor, giving you the best performance.
  3. RobbieSan

    RobbieSan Guest

    thanks Taurus
  4. Sazar

    Sazar F@H - Is it in you? Staff Member Political User Folding Team

    Between Austin and Tampa
    barton has twice as much l2 cache which will make a noticeable performance difference...

    I think you would probably not go wrong with a barton 2500+ :)

    price point should be around the 2600+
  5. melon

    melon MS-DOS 2.0 Political User

    BTW, you bring up an interesting question. What kinds of processors can be put in an A7N8X (since I have one)? You mention Barton. What is that?


  6. Bootsy

    Bootsy Huh?

    Miami, Fl
    I just bought the a7n8x and am waiting for it to get here...impatiently might I add. I read (i think) that it supports up to an XP 2800+
  7. RobbieSan

    RobbieSan Guest

    melon, Barton is a new configuration of XP processor.. it has 128K L1 and 512K L2 for a total of 640K cache.. the entry level 2500+ runs at 1833Mhz.. this information I found on the web at this page. strangely enough I can't seem to find any information on Barton on AMD's own site.. it's probably there somewhere but I'm too stoned to find it.. ;) if anyone can find the info please post a link here..
  8. mbunny

    mbunny Guest

    In case you didn't know

    make sure you get two sticks of ram rather than 1 or else the nForce chipset is going to waste.
  9. Goatman

    Goatman Ska Daddy

    I love my A7N8X it's a great board, and I'd recomend it to anyone, it'll take any socket A cpu you can throw in it. Asus is rather good with BIOS updates so you need not worry about that, the current final version is 1001G (the original shipping one was 1001C)