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There can only be one! (X38 Mobo Choice)

Aug 10, 2007
4,064 (1.06/day)
Geneva, FL, USA
Processor Intel i5-6600
Motherboard ASRock H170M-ITX
Cooling Cooler Master Geminii S524
Memory G.Skill DDR4-2133 16GB (8GB x 2)
Video Card(s) Gigabyte R9-380X 4GB
Storage Samsung 950 EVO 250GB (mSATA)
Display(s) LG 29UM69G-B 2560x1080 IPS
Case Lian Li PC-Q25
Audio Device(s) Realtek ALC892
Power Supply Seasonic SS-460FL2
Mouse Logitech G700s
Keyboard Logitech G110
Software Windows 10 Pro
Abit's IX38 QuadGT was my only choice until recently when DFI released an X38 board that also met my requirements.

- 2 PCIe x16 for Crossfire.
- 1 PCIe x4 (or greater) for PCIe SATA RAID controller.
- DDR2 (I have 8GB ready to go)
- Angled SATA ports a big plus.

Just wondering if anyone has seen a review (or personal experience) that would make them lean one way or another cuz I'm at a standstill right now. The only counter points I have right now is that the Abit will match my blue G.Skill DDR2 but the DFI has a beautiful I/O section and the audio has been moved to it's own card. :laugh:

The reviews I have seen knock the Abit for only having one LAN port and 4 USB ports on the back, but that doesn't bother me. I'm looking for a meaningful difference.

Jul 19, 2007
7,043 (1.83/day)
Sector ZZ₉ Plural Z Alpha
System Name УльтраФиолет
Processor Intel Kentsfield Q9650 @ 3.8GHz (4.2GHz highest achieved)
Motherboard ASUS P5E3 Deluxe/WiFi; X38 NSB, ICH9R SSB
Cooling Delta V3 block, XPSC res, 120x3 rad, ST 1/2" pump - 10 fans, SYSTRIN HDD cooler, Antec HDD cooler
Memory Dual channel 8GB OCZ Platinum DDR3 @ 1800MHz @ 7-7-7-20 1T
Video Card(s) Quadfire: (2) Sapphire HD5970
Storage (2) WD VelociRaptor 300GB SATA-300; WD 320GB SATA-300; WD 200GB UATA + WD 160GB UATA
Display(s) Samsung Syncmaster T240 24" (16:10)
Case Cooler Master Stacker 830
Audio Device(s) Creative X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Pro PCI-E x1
Power Supply Kingwin Mach1 1200W modular
Software Windows XP Home SP3; Vista Ultimate x64 SP2
Benchmark Scores 3m06: 20270 here: http://hwbot.org/user.do?userId=12313
Most noticeable difference that I picked up on right of the back is the DFI went to 7-Up for their color choice inspiration . . . damn, that's a bright board, man :twitch:
Mar 9, 2006
1,200 (0.28/day)
System Name Iam-a-computah
Processor 7700k @5 Ghz
Motherboard Gigabyte Auros z270x
Cooling Custom water loop, x2 280 radiators
Memory 16gb Corsair Dominator
Video Card(s) MSI 1080 TI FE 11gb WC
Storage SSD: 256gb Samsung 840pro & HHD: WD black 2T
Display(s) Dell 34" UW screen
Case Full tower NZXT
Audio Device(s) Creative x-FI
Power Supply EVGA super NOVA 1300wtt
Keyboard G710
Software W 10
I just bought the ABIt one. i personally think that its more OC friendly since it has something called "OC guru" or something, its also sexier ;), but DFI is a well know OCer, i never owned one so i dont know much of it.