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PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2012 7:39 pm    Post subject: About ASUS motherboard Reply with quote

Hi all,

Motherboard
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ASUS M5A97 Pro seems going to phase out. Now "ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AMD 970,DDR3,USB3.0,SATA3 6Gb/s,ATX M/B" is on the market.

1)
What will be the difference in performance for working with;

CPU - AMD 8-Core FX-8150 3.6GHz/16M
RAM - Corsair Vengeance CMZ32GX3M4X1600C10 DDR3 1600MHz 32GB Kit (4x8GB)


2)
What is the difference in performance between;
ASUS M5A99X EVO AMD 990X,DDR3,USB3.0,SATA3 6Gb/s,ATX M/B

and;
ASUS M5A97 R2.0
ASUS M5A97 Pro

ASUS M5A99X EVO
is approx 50% more expensive

TIA

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2012 9:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The 970's have the AMD 970 chipset, which is good but supports cross fire only... The 990 chipset supports SLi or Crossfire... All this dependent if you wish to run two video cards or more... I am running the M5A99X EVO and it is a good board apart from ASUS's insistence on using their ASMedia USB3 controller - its poor... If you want an ASUS board buy a USB 3 add on card that has the vastly superior NEC controller... But all in all good boards...
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 10:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,

Thanks for your advice.

Mr T wrote:
The 970's have the AMD 970 chipset, which is good but supports cross fire only... The 990 chipset supports SLi or Crossfire... All this dependent if you wish to run two video cards or more...

I don't game. What will be the use of dual/multiple video cards? To my understanding for dual video card and dual display I can run 2 window frames simultaneously, one on each display. Or split one window into 2 halves, one on each display. I only heard that before but never run it. Then what will be the use of multiple video cards?

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I am running the M5A99X EVO and it is a good board apart from ASUS's insistence on using their ASMedia USB3 controller - its poor... If you want an ASUS board buy a USB 3 add on card that has the vastly superior NEC controller... But all in all good boards...

What will be the use of adding an USB 3 add on card?

I'll run the new box as headless server testing clouds. For convenience I'll add an old video card just in case. Only 2D will be run with Linux as OS.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 8:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

satimis wrote:
Hi,

Thanks for your advice.

Mr T wrote:
The 970's have the AMD 970 chipset, which is good but supports cross fire only... The 990 chipset supports SLi or Crossfire... All this dependent if you wish to run two video cards or more...

I don't game. What will be the use of dual/multiple video cards? To my understanding for dual video card and dual display I can run 2 window frames simultaneously, one on each display. Or split one window into 2 halves, one on each display. I only heard that before but never run it. Then what will be the use of multiple video cards?

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I am running the M5A99X EVO and it is a good board apart from ASUS's insistence on using their ASMedia USB3 controller - its poor... If you want an ASUS board buy a USB 3 add on card that has the vastly superior NEC controller... But all in all good boards...

What will be the use of adding an USB 3 add on card?

I'll run the new box as headless server testing clouds. For convenience I'll add an old video card just in case. Only 2D will be run with Linux as OS.

B.R.
satimis


running up to three displays on one videocard is do-able (with most modern vidcards.)... no need for multiple card setup unless you want to game, or do heavy gpu processing.

the only thing usb card will bring you is a really fast connection to usb3 devices. if not worried about that, no need.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2012 7:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A video card processor is nowhere as fast as a CPU. Highest core speed is less than 1 GHz. And one video card can render only one image stream.. unless the refresh rate of two streams are time-shared, at half a desired refresh rate!
Two video card share the data stream, and result in faster rendering and refresh/frame rates. Plus, two video cards can provide two separate video streams with optimal performance. Some server setups have more than two video cards.
Some interesting reading in this EZINEARTICLES link.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2012 12:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A board like this would be more suitable. It is aimed more at the workstation (reliability) rather than the boards you are looking at which are aimed more at the overclocker/gamer. It supports your chosen CPU and RAM.
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