P4 Motherboards

By lionfish
Nov 20, 2003
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  1. Looking for a good P4 Motherboard for my future home PC. I need a powerful one.

    ¿any cost balanced ideas? ¿Are Serial ATA HDDs worthwhile?


    Akuna matata!

    -lionfish
  2. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 5,899

    If you have the budget go for a board based on the i875 chipset. If you're trying to lower the costs, you can always go with a board based on the i865 chipset. You can't go wrong with any known brand such as : Abit, Asus, MSI, Epox, Gigabyte, etc.

    I believe all boards on those chipsets support SATA without any add-ons chips ( Silicone Image, Promise, etc ) so you'll actually benefit from the extra speed the SATA format can provide.

    Here's a good article to help you decide :

    865PE/875P Motherboard Roundup June 2003 - Part 1: 20-way Shootout @ Anandtech
  3. Crazy

    Crazy Newcomer, in training Posts: 191

  4. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 5,899

  5. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,928

    I believe you get four SATA connectors with some of the MSI boards, while the others come with only two.
  6. lionfish

    lionfish Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Thank you guys. Very useful info.

    Just two more questions:

    Do 2 SATA channels mean 2 Hard Drives only?
    Can I connect 2 SATA HDDs -like in the old PATA- or more?
  7. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,928

    Yes. Only one drive per connection.
  8. Th3M1ghtyD8

    Th3M1ghtyD8 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 794

    I agree totally, the P4P800 is a great board, especially with the AI Overclock feature, which allows you to easily overclock by 10, 20 or 30%. With this board and a P4 2.4Ghz I was able to reach 3.12Ghz with no stability issues, which makes a £140 chip very nearly into a £350+ Chip.
  9. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,928

  10. TS | Crazyace

    TS | Crazyace Newcomer, in training Posts: 329

    The best all around motherboard manufacture that has been able to add just about every feature a board can offer is Epox. I used a few Asus boards, abit's, and some soyo's with a P4 system, but the EPOX boards just seemed to have everything.
    By everything I mean voltage tweaks for memory, AGP, etc..

    Good luck
  11. BrownPaper

    BrownPaper Newcomer, in training Posts: 467

    oh yeah some board manufacturers have better bundles than other manufacturers. the dfi 875 and 865 series gives you a lot of stuff with your mobo compared to my abit 875 series.

    if you want to OC (even to the extreme) the majority of the new P4 mobos from abit, asus, dfi, epox, msi etc. will get you pretty far.
     
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