Motherboard Recommendation

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by utherca, Jun 26, 2002.

  1. utherca

    utherca Guest

    Hey All
    First of all, I have been reading this forum and browsing the site ever since I updated to XP. This is easily the best XP resource I have found. Now for the question:

    I would like recommendations for a new AMD MoBo. I am interested in stability, performance, and ease of install (I am not a hardware savant). I use my system for gaming (GTA3, MOHAA, Jedi 2, etc.) The setup will involve a GeForce 4 and Creative Audigy and DDR memory. I am not interested in onboard sound/network card/video/raid controller (I do not understand what advantages raid offers a home user). Any ideas
     
  2. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

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    abit makes motherboards without onboard brikabrak and they're a very established brand known for reliability and performance.

    if you want the fastest out, get one with a kt333 chipset which will use pc2700 memory. abit's is the KX7-133. if you don't want to spend the extra money on a high-end motherboard and ram, the kt266a chipset (uses pc2100 memory) is still really good. the KR7A-133 is abit's fastest no-raid kt266a motherboard.

    i still recommend the kt333 chipset though as it's not that much more $$$ and offer 25% more memory bandwidth (which comes in handy with games). and if anyone else knows about other brands that don't offer onboard sound, etc, go ahead and post. i just don't know of any.
     
  3. [CpK]Bastid

    [CpK]Bastid Guest

    msi kt3 ultra
    Soyo SY-KT333 Dragon Ultra
    Epox EP-8K3A+

    ive used the epox and msi....been very reliable for me.....im not into overclocking so wouldnt be able to tell you how these boards perform in that aspect.
    havent run into any problems so far (6mos) however i think i may have damaged the board or chip because of my case modding addiction:) always taking it apart

    i just ordered the soyo dragon ultra platinum......man that board is expensive:)...looks cool tho:)
     
  4. stuy_b

    stuy_b Guest

    one word.. well 3 actually!..

    ASUS..ASUS..ASUS! :D

    You cant beat there boards, IMO
     
  5. [CpK]Bastid

    [CpK]Bastid Guest

    woops forgot about asus

    shame on me:)
     
  6. SaintKaden

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  7. MiseryQv2.0

    MiseryQv2.0 Guest

    Shuttle AK35GTR(kt266a) or AK35GT2R(kt333),,, Both raid
    Shuttle AK31A(kt266a) or AK35GT2(kt333),,, No raid...
     
  8. [CpK]Bastid

    [CpK]Bastid Guest

    yup thats the one i just ordered:)

    are u usin that board too?if so how is it? the only junk thing i read about that soyo baord was that it dont read the athlonxp diode:(

    only the msi and another board(i forgot) reads the diode
    oh well looks cool tho dont it:)
     
  9. [CpK]Bastid

    [CpK]Bastid Guest

  10. ZipTriX

    ZipTriX Guest

    I'm using the Soyo KT333 Platinum. Excellent board. Have had no problems using it in conjunction with my SB Live Audigy Platinum and Gainward Ti4400.
     
  11. Gouk

    Gouk Guest

  12. dave holbon

    dave holbon Moderator

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    I recomend an EPOX 8KHA+ fitted with the VIA KT266A Chipset.
    (DDR266 and Ultra DMA/100) which is fine for CPM/86 and XP but limits you to AMD CPU's or socket "A" CPU's with a core speed of 1.45Ghz or should that be an AMD 1700+. Can't remember.

    The KT333A chipset (nearly available) is also ok if you want to wait for drivers that were delivered for the KT266A chipset. I don't understan this either???


    DaveH.

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  13. dave holbon

    dave holbon Moderator

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    Please explain.

    Dave H
     
  14. dave holbon

    dave holbon Moderator

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    To catch23

    Your own posted kit is identical to the hardwre suggested.

    Dave H.

    Bad Day.
     
  15. UofEEE

    UofEEE Guest

    Tom's Hardware...I had lost respect for them until I read that article...
     
  16. bheagle

    bheagle Guest

    Just my two cents,
    I have had Great stability and performance out of the ECS boards, I like the K7VTA3 I have as my second system, it's running a AMD 1600+.

    I also own other ECS boards and like them also.

    2 good points
    1) Stable
    2) fast

    1 bad point
    1) not for the overclocker clan

    The ECS boards are not designed with overclocking in mind but they are probablyy one of the most stable boards around.

    :)
     
  17. GOTO10

    GOTO10 Guest

    And why, praytell, is that?

    A) My mobo is rock solid reliable
    B) The 266A is faster than the 266. period.

    Hmmm, that sounds good to me.
     
  18. stuy_b

    stuy_b Guest

    Another 2 words...!

    ASUS A7v333 :D I'd but that if I was getting an AMD setup.
     
  19. GOTO10

    GOTO10 Guest

    hmmm, interesting.

    my only experience is w/ my Abit board, which a friend and I both own, and no issues whatsoever...
     
  20. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

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    friend of mine has the kr7a-raid and dad has a shuttle ak31a (both kt266a)... and they're flawless, from what i've seen.

    so, i'm curious... what kind of problems, catch?