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Looking for a new AM2 motherboard. (With models in mind)

Zero-U

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Hi, been reading through this forum for a while but never thought of registering since reading alone is good enough to answer my question. :)

But, today, I've finally come to a question I need to ask, here:

Well I'm building a new AM2 system.

For now, I've got my X3800+ EE (65W) AM2 processor and is looking for a suitable mobo for it. Looking around and asking those local hardware stores, I've got these few models in mind.

Anyway I'm an experienced stock-overclocker so I think you understand. :cool:

Gigabyte GA-M55S-S3 (nForce 550)
Gigabyte GA-M55SLI S4 (nForce4 SLi x8)
Gigabyte GA-M57SLI S4 (nForce 570 SLi x8)

Reading tells me that the 5xx series motherboard above don't have PCI bus lock. I'm worried about that as I will throw in my Audigy Value with the new board.

I don't know about the nForce4 SLi though, any answers/owners can tell me?

Don't mind about price tag, I've got the cash, but please don't shoot farer than those 3 listed please. I've got my own reasons. :rolleyes:

Actually, the M55S-S3 can be removed from the list but I put it there in case any of you got advices on it.

Additional questions:
Will the nForce4 SLi differ a lot from the nForce5 SLi in performance (ignore features)?

Is the M55SLi a good overclocking board?

Thanks for reading. :)
 

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I can't tell you first hand about nf4 SLI mobos, as I haven't modded mine to be an SLI board yet, But my DFI NF Ultra II M2 will do 342HT.. Hope that helps.
 

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So your's is nForce4 ultra? 342 is just too much for me, especially on stock parts. :)

I think the SLi version won't differ much though. Thanks for the info though.

I've just come up with a m-atx low-end model, Abit NF-M2S, my friend is offering it for me at very low price (new unit). Anyone that have experience on that board can share?
 

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*BUMP*

Do nForce4 series chipset has the PCI bus lock function in BIOS? The 5xx series don't have it.
 

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*BUMP*

Do nForce4 series chipset has the PCI bus lock function in BIOS? The 5xx series don't have it.
some 5xx have pci-lock, probably most, it's just a bios option
 
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Yes mine does lets you set pci speeds which is in effect a lock.