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Can you recommend a good mobo for amd cpu
dfoskey1 Jan-20-02 11:40 PM
looking for a good dual or single proc mobo for amd (have 1 amd 900 socket cpu) no via chipset...
Had my fill of those people allready!!!

1. RE: Can you recommend a good mobo for amd cpu
lbyard Jan-21-02 04:40 PM
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I use motherboards with the VIA chipsets for AMD processors. The most recent is http://duxcw.com/digest/Reviews/MBs/Epox/8kha/1.htm. Larry

2. RE: Can you recommend a good mobo for amd cpu
dfoskey1 Jan-22-02 00:39 AM
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LAST EDITED ON Jan-22-02 AT 00:44 AM (GMT)

I use a spacewalker mobo with a Via VT82C686B chipset (kt133). right out of the box it has been a nightmare. I have yet to use the system for more than a few hours before it freezes. I have become a regular at the forum trying to find an answer. It looks a problem in the silicon that can't be fixed with patches. Via has yet to comment on the problem or offer a solution. There are some very talented people at the forum who don't get paid, but have writen some patches that help some machines. It is a latency issue. I am not bashing Via, just want a stable system. By the way, Intel I hear is not without bugs either.
If you can be of some assistance I would be very grateful.

P.S if you follow this link to the forum, you will see what i mean.

http://bbs.pcstats.com/viahardware/

Dale

Patience is over-rated



3. RE: Can you recommend a good mobo for amd cpu
adamcutle Feb-12-02 12:59 PM
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I bought a PC CHIPS 810LMR from CPUtopia.com and it works great. It's got video, SND, everything built in. The quality isn't the top but for the price I recommend it.

4. RE: Can you recommend a good mobo for amd cpu
lbyard Feb-12-02 05:46 PM
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I'm glad you have had good luck (so far) with a PC Chips motherboard. For other readers... If there is one manufacturer of motherboards on this planet that I do not recommend it is PC Chips. In my considerable experience running a computer shop and building custom computers since 1987 I have seen nothing but cheap junk from that manufacturer. Larry

5. RE: Can you recommend a good mobo for amd cpu
stevehenry1 Feb-15-02 04:19 AM
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I'm using an ECS motherboard K7S5A with a athalonXP 1700 processor. This uses the SIS735 single chip chipset. I'm using 512 meg of DDR ram. The combo works good for me and is stable. however-one key is a big power supply mine is 350watts. These and the P4's are power hogs

6. good non-VIA chipset mobo for AMD 900 socket A...
copperpipe Feb-20-02 12:15 PM
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LAST EDITED ON Feb-20-02 AT 12:17 PM (EST)
 
I've heard good things about the AMD 761 chipset boards: very stable although slight drop in performance from VIA KT266A. A good economical board is the Epox EP-8K7A.

Another possibility is the Leadtek 7350KDA which uses the SIS 735 chipset (like the ECS K7S5A).

However, both of the above require DDR memory chips.

The ECS K7S5A board is a very good value with its onboard LAN and SDRAM and DDRAM capabilities at a price of $52....if you get one that works. I've read many horror stories about experienced computer builders who have had problems galore. However, I'm one of the lucky ones who got 2 good boards that work great...and one of them has a 900 Tbird in a CompUSA 300W ATX case (non-AMD recommended power supply).


8. RE: good non-VIA chipset mobo for AMD 900 socket A...
lbyard Feb-20-02 01:06 PM
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>The ECS K7S5A board is a very good value… However, I'm one of the lucky ones who got 2 good boards that work great...

These two statements conflict, don’t they? Larry


9. RE: good non-VIA chipset mobo for AMD 900 socket A...
copperpipe Feb-20-02 01:16 PM
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LOL...ok ok, I've revised my statement:

The ECS K7S5A is a very good value....if you get one that works and don't have to spend additional shipping costs on RMA'ing.

My next board will probably be an Epox or some other brand.


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