Choosing a mobo help

By nik11105 ยท 9 replies
Feb 27, 2010
  1. I am looking for a motherboard that does well compared to the asus maximus iii formula. I dont mind the price as long as it dosent have ide cables
  2. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    Most motherboards have provision for PATA devices- whether you choose to use them is another matter-much the same as the abundance of SATA, USB, fan headers and PCIe/PCI slots. Most boards, especially in the upper mainstream and enthusiast sector usually sport far more connectivity than most users will ever need or want.
    If you must have a board with no PATA headers (and presumably top performance ) then the EVGA P55 FTW (model 132-LF-E657-KR) and EVGA P55 SLI (model 132-LF-E655-KR) are likely the best of the bunch. Intel's Kingsberg and Warrensburg boards (DP55KG, DP55WG) also offer no PATA connectivity but I wouldn't recommend them for someone planning on an overclocking adventure.
    Disregarding the supposed e-peen value of some of the ROG and EVGA offerings you will probably achieve both a better overclock and productivity with either the Asus P7P55D-E Pro, Gigabyte P55A-UD4P or Gigabyte P55A-UD5. All offer USB3/SATA 6Gb and performance would be on a par (if not better) than the Maximus.
  3. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    I think you may have a misconception about PATA/SATA interfaces on motherboards. I saw another thread (i think it was yours) about being concerned with their being "ide wires" on a motherboard. most motherboards have one PATA interface for older PATA HDD and devices. it being there has no impact on performance and their are no "ide cables" involved unless you choose to hook up a PATA device. You may short your selection of very good motherboards by not considering those that merely have a PATA interface available.
  4. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,036   +2,558

    IDE Hunt in Sherwood Forrest..........

    All current Motherboards are Serial ATA "SATA" 300Gbs (or better) interface. Usually they provide for a minimum of 4 (four) devices.

    These boards also provide for 1 (one) IDE (or "PATA") buss. This supports 2 (two) devices. Most all boards also have a "40 wire" floppy drive buss also.

    These 80 & 40 wire "ribbon cable" busses, are called "legacy support". Meaning that you can still use your older devices with the new board. This is good for some DVD & CD drives, and even older HDDs that you may have laying around with data on them.

    You actually can't avoid buying a board that is SATA enabled, the manufacturers want to save you from yourself.

    OK, enough with remedial buss nomenclature, it's back to porn.....
  5. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    let me learn ya about multitasking

    ...well if you had dual monitors like could do both at the same time you Luddite!
  6. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,036   +2,558

    I Scream Out in Anguish......From the Neolithic......

    So then, with my pitiful single monitor setup, it seems that my choices are clear. Either go blind reading about "IDE wires", or attempt to induce blindness by looking at porn.....What to do....What to do.....?
  7. eddu

    eddu TS Rookie

    IDE cables are optional on any motherboard. Only the connector will be available on the motherboard and this you cannot eliminate but if you connect a cable or not is totally up to you.

    Following is a link to what you would find on a motherboard. The bottom two connectors are the IDE connectors which would be present on a motherboard (maybe only one will be present). No cables (IDE) will exist if you choose to connect your devices using SATA.

    " /wikipedia /commons /2 /29 /ATA_on_mainboard.jpg"(I cannot post links as yet)
  8. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    ummm.....the blind thing.
  9. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,036   +2,558

    Haunted By IDE Wires..........

    Thank goodness, we're sure glad you cleared that up. (Yet Again)

    And thank Wiki too, for such an eloquent statement of the patently obvious.l.
  10. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,036   +2,558

    I Think I Can...I Think I Can ....I THink I Can.......

    Yeah well you, you...
    I have 3 computers on the first floor, so in point of fact, I can do the TS and Pr0n thing all at once. In fact, I can switch computers and gain a stroke...... ;) :haha: :wave:
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