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Windows 7: What motherboard should I go for?

27 Apr 2011   #31
biggles1000

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

thankyou very much for finding that as I was finidng it impossible to find any sandy bridge mobos
in it's specs, it says 32GB RAM maximum (though as everyone persuaded me, I would never need that much ) yet it only has 4 RAM slots. are asus planning ahead for 8GB sticks or do some already exist??


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27 Apr 2011   #32
Outlander

W7x64 Ult.
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Devilz View Post
No offense but why spend so much on something which will be obsolete in less than six months. Buy something decent and use rest of money to upgrade with time.
This is really true. Every builder should have this on banner hung above the work space!
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27 Apr 2011   #33
Everlong

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by biggles1000 View Post
thankyou very much for finding that as I was finidng it impossible to find any sandy bridge mobos
in it's specs, it says 32GB RAM maximum (though as everyone persuaded me, I would never need that much ) yet it only has 4 RAM slots. are asus planning ahead for 8GB sticks or do some already exist??
Yea Sandy Bridge is only dual channel, hence 4 slots. x58 uses triple channel memory, so has 6 slots (3 pairs). And the Rampage III as a 48GB limit, which would need 6x8GB sticks to fill.

Back when x58 was first released the limit was 24GB on most motherboards and 4GB sticks weren't available yet.

8GB sticks for desktops will be made eventually.
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27 Apr 2011   #34
biggles1000

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

does that mean that sandy bridge is worse than the previous i7s?
the westmere gulftown i7 looks on paper to have better specifications on every front
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27 Apr 2011   #35
Everlong

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by biggles1000 View Post
does that mean that sandy bridge is worse than the previous i7s?
the westmere gulftown i7 looks on paper to have better specifications on every front
Just have a look at reviews and benchmarks and see what you think.
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27 Apr 2011   #36
biggles1000

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

most reviews i've seen seem to say westmere was better for multiple monitors, yet sandy bridge is better for gaming. will sandy bridge's dual channel limit negatively affect me if I find I do need more RAM?
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27 Apr 2011   #37
simmo

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-ss....html....check this out before you buy a motherboard..latest Intel chipset for SB...if you're going with SSD's this is worth considering...Already 1 board on market with Asus etc incoming.
If your going to run multi screen set ups then ATI is the card manuf that has the leading edge atm..everything I read would indicate they scale better in Xfire once the resolutions get hi as in mutiple monitors.
Yup that case I linked is the bees knees imo lol..glad u like it.
cheers
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27 Apr 2011   #38
Everlong

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by biggles1000 View Post
most reviews i've seen seem to say westmere was better for multiple monitors, yet sandy bridge is better for gaming. will sandy bridge's dual channel limit negatively affect me if I find I do need more RAM?
Well it's up to you really. High end i7 1366 ones will pull a head in some things as will Sandy Bridge. If you wanna go the 1366 route and pick up an i7 990x or something, then go a head. Will still be a solid performer for some time to come.
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27 Apr 2011   #39
biggles1000

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

simmo; thanks for the heads up
Everlong; ah, thanks for the info. is sandy bridge a slight step back as it's the first in the second generation line?
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27 Apr 2011   #40
Everlong

 

I wouldn't say it's a step back, but I can see how it seems so. I dunno why they removed triple-channel memory from it.
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