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    I commited the ultimate sin...bought a i820. But did I regret it?

    ..NOT AT ALL!!!

    This thing is fast by all means.
    It loads faster, games are faster, everything...
    OK, except the Sandra Memory Benchmark but thats because of the 3/4(?) Mem/FSB rate (Memory at 100MHz and FSB at 133MHz).

    The only real trouble I had with this board is the extremely tight fit of the socket, capacitors all over the place, barely could get the Global Win cooler in there.
    At the moment, I'm very concerned that the heatsink might not touch the CPU and therefor can't get the 550E past the 800MHz barrier, which I could on the Asus P3B-F.

    Anyway, you guys ought to try it and not believing the reviews that much.

    Please, no flaming, just wanted to tell you about my experience...
    Thanks

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    Did you upgrade anything else?

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    so did you have a P3BF before? And are you saying it runs as fast or faster than the P3BF? I am just curious as I am not sure if that is what you meant.

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    Nope, I did not upgrade anything els and yes, it does run a tad faster.
    Sure, the Memory benchmarks are lower than on the P3B-F.
    But if you look at the features and other performances, this mobo seriously isn't a loser!
    I'm proud to own this board and most of all to be an owner and fan of Asus.

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    I went from a P3b-f to a P3c 2000. the P3c runs circles around the P3b... no doubt about it. Not to mention those 4x agp cards you've most likely got (tnt2/geforce/g400/savage4/viperII) are MUCH better on the 820 based boards. Ram is a little slow, but the rest of the computer is better. I can live with it.

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    guys how much of a hit does the ram speed take? Bench marks please...
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    guys how much of a hit does the ram speed take? Bench marks please...
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    not too much, especially after you add in 4x support and a few other nice things.

    I'd have to say a 15-20% drop in ram performance to a bx, but a total of 15-20% over all INCREASE in overall performance

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    I personally still want something better before I give up on a BX mobo and the 820 mobos are having stability problems with the Geforce cards and AGP 4X

    http://go.to/geforcefaq

    http://web.ukonline.co.uk/christophe...gef:troub:i820

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    Well, what benchmarks do you want?
    BTW, you can't really judge the Mobo by benchmarks, you have to use it with real world apps.

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    here's a quote from the guy, who gave me the idea of using the CUC2000:

    This is where the i820 gets its bad reputation. Is the memory score lower than a BX board? Sure. Can you notice the difference when actually using the computer to run real world applications instead of a synthetic bench mark? Nope. In fact the CUC2000 does everything faster than the P-3BF. From loading into Win 98 SE to running applications to defragging the hard drive the CUC2000 is the better motherboard. The BX chipset has a bottleneck in that all the data from the north bridge chip (connects the CPU to main system RAM, the AGP video card, and the PCI bus) has to cross the PCI bus to get to the south bridge chip (connects to the mouse, keyboard, joystick, USB, etc). Forcing PCI bus peripherals to share bus access with I/O devices is a bad thing. Want to update the position of the mouse at the same time the hard drive is being accessed? Fa-get-about-it! The i820 has a dedicated bus between the north and south bridge chips that has twice the bandwidth of the PCI bus -and it shows when running real world applications. I'm actually seeing less "stuttering" while playing Unreal Tournament and for the first time ever I can burn CD's with the hard drive and the CDRW connected to the same controller. With the P-3BF I had to put the CDRW drive on the motherboard's ATA-33 controller (instead of the second channel on the Promise controller) to keep from burning coasters due to buffer under runs! I can even listen to MP3s while I burn a CD -on an EIDE system folks, no SCSI!

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    I am building a PC for a friend and was thinking about trying one of these. If I like it I can swap it out with my BF6.

    What I need to know though is how many/what are the fsb settings and will it support an ATA33 hdd. Also if there is anything else you can add now you've had some time with it.

    Regards BladeRunner

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    I am just bring this up cuz a few of the guys here are interested in crunching SETI@home, but so far your SETI@home performance aren't that good considering the speed of your processor.
    http://discussions.hardwarecentral.c...ML/000229.html

    I am not saying that SETI@home performance is the only important factor when choosing a motherboard, but like I said, I am only bringing this up cuz a few of the guys here really likes to crunch SETI.

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    Blade Runner, it supports FSB in 4 MHz steps from 100 till 180 MHz.
    From 133 MHz upwards, it will us Mem/FSB rate from 3/4, so you can use the RAM at 2-2-2 without prorblems.
    Yes, it supports Ultra/66 and Ulra/33.
    What I like a lot with this board is that once you crash or the FSB setting is too high it will reboot by itself and goes into safe mode, whereas it will use the previous setting.
    What esle do you want to know? I can check it for you. Dont really know at the moment what to write.

    Night Owl, my WU/hour went town to 7 hour now, using the CMD. Helps a lot. Thanks.

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