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Looking for current AMD based MB with IDE socket & wish

Postby videobruce » Tue Jul 23, 2013 5:30 am

I haven't upgraded since 2007, I usually don't wait that long, but my current MB has the features I like, but is now dated by processor limitations.

What I'm looking for is:

1. AMD based MB that has one IDE connector so I can easily access older IDE drives. The 970 chipset MB's don't have any IDE ports (that I found). The 990 chipset does, but I didn't really want all the other bells & whistles, namely the ability to run multiple graphic cards. The cost difference is almost 2x which is hard to justify. (I really don't do any gaming.)

2. I'm also interested in power consumption since my current nForce 7 board and non green PS is a power hog (by todays standards).

3. The other question is the processor. Is a six core worth the difference in price over a four core when used for any HDTV application?

4. Serial port or at least a header (which many have).

5. Two PS2 ports (which many have).

6. Optical and/or digital audio. (not a priority)

7. Price? I would prefer to stay under $100, but that isn't cast in stone.

8. Boot menu outside the Bios screen.

9. eSATA port.

10. No overclocking, no gaming & full size ATX only.


I know there are IDE cards, but I would on board due to concerns for drivers and possible boot issues to use that drive as a boot drive if I need to.
I'm running XP and would like to stay that way, but I understand there are hardware issues (as usual) so I may be forced to go with Win 7 ( forget 8 ).

Lastly, brand is flexible. I was leaning towards Asus, ASRock & Gigibyte and kinda wanted to stay away from MSI, Biostar & ECS. Opinions welcome here also.
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Postby Karlsweldt » Tue Jul 23, 2013 7:22 am

Rare that you will find a motherboard with IDE (PATA) ports today. Yes, some still are available.. but along with many other features. While the driver card would be a good option, you would need to change the address (IRQ/DMA) of the card as secondary, to avoid conflicts. A USB external drive is also an option, if older IDE drives are not vital for working with. And there are adapters available so you can use an older IDE drive on a SATA port.. but the drive must be set as 'stand-alone' only. The SATA port should default to an older standard, with few problems.
As to multi-core processors, sometimes "more is better" is a truism. Several tasks can take place simultaneously, instead of sharing processes with a single-core processor. A multi-core processor may equate to 25% or higher speed than a similar single-core processor. The higher L2 cache level would be a factor, too.
While most newer motherboard models may still retain the PS2 mouse/keyboard ports, they are falling from favor.. like the floppy drive port. A USB peripheral link is quite common today.. and works well, as long as the "legacy USB" feature is enabled.
Audio systems may default to digital format, but that is the preferred mode. Most designs may still retain the option of an analog output.
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Tom's Hardware and Motherboards.org as well as others will have comparisons and reviews of most motherboard types and features. Worth the time spent in research, before buying.
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Postby videobruce » Tue Jul 23, 2013 8:27 am

I wanted the IDE port for easier access to PATA drives without the hassle of adapters or add on cards assuming a built in IDE controller will have less issues if I wanted to boot to that drive.

Elsewhere someone mentioned the current AMD "FX" series are not true 4 or 6 core processors, only the Phenom II x4 and II x6 are. Any input here?

I'll switch to Linux before I go with Win8. :wink:
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Postby Mr T » Tue Jul 23, 2013 10:40 am

This : ASRock 980DE3/U3S3 AM3+ AMD RX881/760G SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

ASRock 960GM/U3S3 FX AM3+ AMD 760G SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

GIGABYTE GA-78LMT-USB3 AM3+ AMD 760G HDMI USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

are the ones I think are closest to what you want..

The new FX CPU's are a lot quicker. I do a lot of conversion to mp4 format with Handbrake and the FX-4100 was on par with a Phenom 1090T.. Upgraded to an FX-8320 and it blew them both away, reduced encoding time by two thirds, very impressed.. And I use windows 8 (as well as ubuntu and Linux Mint)... Its like any other operating system, does the job when you are used to it...

(The new FX CPU's are not true hex core etc CPU's.. Here is a good explenation..)
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Postby videobruce » Wed Jul 24, 2013 4:28 am

I saw that ASRock 980 before I posted here. It has a weird chipset: AMD RX881/760G. I shy away from items as that since it is clearly oddball and support from others would be nill.
I did manage to find this description from a AMD "Databook" dated 2011;
The RX881 is the latest system logic from AMD that supports AMD S1g3-socket CPUs, such as the Caspian-series processors.
The RX881 is pin-compatible with AMD’s other mainstream 700 and 800-series products including the RS880, RS880M,
RS780, RS780D, RS780M, RX780, RD780, and RX781, allowing a single design to target multiple market segments.
Robust and Flexible Core Logic Features
The RX881 supports a high speed HyperTransport™ interface to the AMD processor, running at a data rate of up to 4.4
GT/s and supporting both HT 1.0 and HT 3.0 protocols. The RX881 is ideally suited for 64-bit operating systems, and
supports platform configurations with greater than 4GB of system memory. The rich PCI Express® (PCIe®) expansion
capabilities of RX881 include support for PCI Express graphics and up to six other PCI Express peripherals, all
supporting the PCI Express 2.0 standard with data rates of up to 5.0GT/s. These capabilities are complemented by the
advanced I/O features of AMD’s SB700 and SB800-series Southbridges.
Low Power Consumption and Industry Leading Power Management
The RX881 is manufactured using the power efficient nm technology, and it supports a whole range of industry
standards and power management features. It provides comprehensive support for the ACPI specification and AMD
power management features such as AMD PowerNow!™.
RX881 Features
CPU HyperTransport™ Interface
• Supports 16-bit up/down HyperTransport (HT) 3.0 interface up to 4.4 GT/s.
• Supports 200, 400, 600, 800, and 1000 MHz HT1 frequencies.
• Supports 1.6, 1.8, 2.0, and 2.2 GHz HT3 frequencies.
• Supports AMD’s S1g3-socket CPUs, including the Caspian-series processors.
• Supports LDTSTOP interface and CPU link stutter mode.
PCI Express® Interface
• Supports PCIe Gen2 (version 2.0).
• Optimized peer-to-peer and general purpose link performance.
• Highly flexible PCI Express implementation to suit a variety of platform needs.
• Supports a x16 graphics interface.
• Supports programmable lane reversal for the graphics link to ease motherboard layout when the end device does not
support lane reversal.
• Supports six general purpose lanes, for up to six devices on specific ports. Possible configurations are listed in

The new FX CPU's are not true hex core etc CPU's
This troubles me after I started reading into it. It looks as the Phenom II is a better choice.

BTW; Micro ATX is out, only full size MB's.
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Postby videobruce » Wed Jul 24, 2013 4:46 am

The more one reads, the more confusing it gets. It's as I never owned a PC before which is one reason I hesitated upgrading, I don't follow the changes, just way too many. :(
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Postby Hardware Junkie » Wed Jul 24, 2013 7:12 am

I know there are IDE cards, but I would on board due to concerns for drivers and possible boot issues to use that drive as a boot drive if I need to.
I'm running XP and would like to stay that way, but I understand there are hardware issues (as usual) so I may be forced to go with Win 7 ( forget 8 ).


I'd get yourself a nice green board. Use an SATA hard drive as the boot drive from the motherboard and go with add-on cards for the equipment your missing.
Most decent add-on cards have driver support for XP, and a motherboard should be able to change the boot order to the addon card if you want.
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Postby Mr T » Wed Jul 24, 2013 7:51 am

Believe me, if you want an improvement in coding/editing/rendering times, look at an FX CPU or FM2, unless you need to rethink your budget and go Intel. Also you can see the newer boards hav a distinct lack of legacy support, ie NO Floppy port, NO IDE slot, 1 PS2 port and if you are lucky a COM or LPT port. Way of the world these days, even the budget board suppliers are going that way... My workround would be new board(ATX), CPU and RAM (with RAM you can go budget and get more). Go for a 64bit operating system - windows 7 or 8 - both are similar apart from Windows 8 Tiles, but in essence no real great change from win 7. If you want an IDE port then get a PCI-e add on card with one or two on it. The newer boards usually have eSATA, USB3 and an optical or digital output port as well.
You will alos notice PCI slots are disappearing of newer board in favor of PCI-e slots....

And the newer boards also support SATA 6Gbps which is a real boon if you plan on a SSD at a later date.

In all my systems, I have no IDE drives anymore. Too slow and they can and generally will slow the whole system down as everything seems to sync down to their speed...
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Postby Mr T » Wed Jul 24, 2013 10:52 pm

see if you can find this one. It may suit your needs apart from two PS2 ports...
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Postby videobruce » Thu Jul 25, 2013 3:58 am

a motherboard should be able to change the boot order to the addon card if you want.
I never had a add on IDE or SATA card. If that worked that way it would be fine.
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