I would say this is more or less a common thing among chipset fans these days, and the sad thing is nForce4 chip does run quite hot.tivot wrote:The downsides I'm seeing on the reviews are two.
1) the northbridge fan is LOUD
This is odd, it shouldn't happen that way, or may be double-sided RAM sticks? Even so, Venice/San Diego should have rectified the situation already.tivot wrote:2) Funky memory configuration. From the manual I saw, it looked like if you ran in dual channel you could only run 333mhz.
Probably not.tivot wrote:Then I heard some people just populating the first two slots and running at 400mhz... but are they running dual channel at that point?
Dual channel should win out even if it is 333MHz. I may be wrong on this one though.tivot wrote:I am unclear here.... and maybe running 400mhz non-dual channel is way better than 333mhz dual channel.
Depends on what you want to do. nForce4 ultra offers only a few things that most people shouldn't notice the difference anyways, like:tivot wrote:if there is an advantage to Ultra over non-Ultra I'd want to get that advantage.
Sounds good.tivot wrote:Then there is the matter of RAM. I'm looking to get 2 Gigs of performance RAM. I was thinking the Corsair Twinx2048-3200C2
San Diego is the one with 1 meg L2 cache. Venice is 512K. Not too much of a big deal, depending on which application we are talking about of course.tivot wrote:I do not know the difference between San Diego and Venice.
Generally the lower speed grades should give you better overclocks, but as always, YMMV.tivot wrote:Some input on which processor speed overclocks well with one of these motherboards and specific RAM would be valued information.
If your primary purpose is to game, then I would sacrifice a bit CPU for a better video card. You may even be able to get away with only 1 gig of RAM.tivot wrote:So, I'm looking at getting MB, RAM, CPU, and depending on how those costs come out I'll get either a 6800Ultra or a 7800 for video. Hoping to keep the upgrade around 1-1.5k.
Even without THG bashing, do not rely on benchmarks from only one review. Read a few more from here @TR, Anandtech and the like. Then hop on the forums (use the search function) to see if people have issues with those boards that you are looking at. They will give you a more realistic picture.tivot wrote:I picked those boards because they got good performance ratings in the last motherboard benchmarks at tomshardware. The DFI was listed in there too, but to simplify matters I thought I would limit it to the MSI and the Abit since I have experience with those two brands in the past.
tivot wrote:Funky memory configuration. From the manual I saw, it looked like if you ran in dual channel you could only run 333mhz. Then I heard some people just populating the first two slots and running at 400mhz... but are they running dual channel at that point? I am unclear here.... and maybe running 400mhz non-dual channel is way better than 333mhz dual channel.
I'd like to hear from some ppl here with real experience that know what they are talking about.
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