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How do I know if my mobo is reliable??

Postby kpassman on Sat Mar 22, 2003 9:44 pm

returned my p4/mobo and got an athlon xp 1800+ with an ecs board at fry's. I made extra EXTRA sure that the mobo was new (no white sticker on the box) but when I took it home, it was a returned one. There was the name "michelle" written on the manual.

anywhoo, the mobo seems okay but how do I make sure?? i know i sound paranoid.....
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Postby aviationwiz on Sat Mar 22, 2003 10:50 pm

Not sure. Did Frys advertise this mobo as new and gave you a used one?
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Postby CowboySlim on Sat Mar 22, 2003 11:36 pm

It's still an ECS, a POS. Take it all back for full cash refund. If you want an AMD CPU, get an ASUS A7N??? mobo. If you want a P4, get an Intel D845G??? mobo. Either way, buy them elsewhere!

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Postby BuddhaTB on Sun Mar 23, 2003 2:31 am

Or get an Asus A7V8X for your AMD CPU :wink:
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A7N8X Is The Best AMD Mobo

Postby NeilPeart on Sun Mar 23, 2003 3:58 am

Why would one even consider an AV78X (Via KT400) when the vastly superior A7N8X (Nvidia nForce 2) exists? The nForce 2 defeats the KT400 in every single benchmark, has far better integrated audio (which is actually a viable threat to an Audigy/Santa Cruz), and is much more stable. The A7N8X is also compatible with the upcoming 400MHz FSB Barton. The price difference between the two motherboards is also negligible nowadays. If you're going the AMD route, pick up an Asus A7N8x; it is the best single-CPU AMD motherboard available at any cost. 8)
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Re: A7N8X Is The Best AMD Mobo

Postby BuddhaTB on Sun Mar 23, 2003 4:35 am

NeilPeart wrote:Why would one even consider an AV78X (Via KT400) when the vastly superior A7N8X (Nvidia nForce 2) exists? The nForce 2 defeats the KT400 in every single benchmark, has far better integrated audio (which is actually a viable threat to an Audigy/Santa Cruz), and is much more stable. The A7N8X is also compatible with the upcoming 400MHz FSB Barton. The price difference between the two motherboards is also negligible nowadays. If you're going the AMD route, pick up an Asus A7N8x; it is the best single-CPU AMD motherboard available at any cost. 8)

Sounds good. I haven't been reading up on the chipsets much since I bought my A7V333 back in July. But I still think VIA's chipsets are pretty good.
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Postby kpassman on Sun Mar 23, 2003 5:22 am

uh.... how would i go about testing this mobo??

i know there is a program called hotcpu to test the cpu but for the mobo.... everything seems normal when running windows xp
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Postby CowboySlim on Sun Mar 23, 2003 11:52 am

Take the ECS back. If you get the ASUS A7N8X or Intel D845GEBV2, you don't need testing or checkout. They just work!

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Postby blakerwry on Thu Mar 27, 2003 5:08 am

If you have a bad mobo you will get all sorts of errors.. these errors mimic an error with one or more critical component of the computer... ie: you get things that suggest bad RAM and you get problems suggesting a bad PSU... while maybe also getting problems related to PCI devices....etc..etc..

The most common sign of a bad mobo is non-posting (wont start).


I would run memtest86 for ~8 hours(www.memtest86.com) and I would run prime95 for the same... If that goes well and everything else on the mobo works (usb/firewire/sound, LAN, etc, etc) then it's probably in perfect shape.
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