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Old 09-21-2005, 10:26 AM   #1
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i was woundering if there are any good socket 939 boards that are not pci express.
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Old 09-21-2005, 10:34 AM   #2
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This is probably the wrong section, but yes, there are good 939 boards without PCIe. Just out of curiosity, why would you want a motherboard without PCIe? AGP is going to be replaced by it completely pretty soon.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...ubmit=Property

P.S. That link is for AMD boards. You can easily do a quick search for Intel boards, too.
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well basically the only reason i want a non PCIe board is because before my last motherboard fried i had bought a brand new ATI radeon 9800 pro and i doubt i can get a full $250 for it, even though it has never been used.
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Yeah, but do note that if you were to get a PCI-E card later on when the 9800PRO doesn't perform anymore in games as well, you'd have to change your whole motherboard.

Why don't you go for a PCI-E board, and search for a bridge chip, I think their called.
It allows you to use AGP cards on PCI-E motherboards, and just slots in to my knowledge ready for use.
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Or how about you get this. It has both AGP and PCI-e:

One Day Sale, Ends 9/21/05 @ 5:30 P.M. PST
ASRock 939Dual-SATA2 Socket 939 ULi M1695 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157081
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Wow now thats kewl Din't know you could get them, or that it was possible

Thanks for that link TRDCorolla

Any idea how much the bridge chips cost though and if they are available yet? Would it be cheaper than having to buy the one with both, when the AGP card you have might be replaced too and so that wouldn't be used anymore?
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Yeah, I was shocked too. Someone here posted this awhile back and I remembered it because of its unique AGP and PCI-e integration. Best of both worlds. I think ASRock is the only manufacturer that does this. Looks like a solid board and the reviews are pretty positive.
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Yeah, sound really good.

I guess you could have two cards in at once then, and maybe using the motherboard software, switch between the two? Or do you think it'd involve a reset and a button to press on the motherboard?
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I think it allows you to do that. You just have to go into BIOS to select the Primary VGA adapter, if there are multiple video controllers detected.
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Ah right. Guess its not so bad then.

Think I'm going to switch this 9800Pro soon though, and put it into the older 1.2ghz machine, and get a better one for this. Might be a good idea.
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As compatible as that motherboard is, I don't think I would still get it. Too much clutter in my opinion. I just want a straight PCI-e motherboard.
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Thats probably why the bridge chip would be useful and a good buy and would end up cheaper too probably.

Any idea how much those retails for?
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I would have no idea on what the cost would be for that.
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Well heres one i've found. The Albatron:

http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=26129

"You can buy one of those cards for 3,000, about 22 or $27."
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I would question the performance of that AGP/PCIe board. Since it has AGP, PCIe might not be able to perform at the speeds it should, but maybe it does. Just do some research first before getting it.
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Looks like i might just get a bridge, if i knew they made them i wouldent have even bothered postin about it. What do you guys think about the socket 939 Fatal1ty board that abit put out, thats most likely the one im going to be getting.
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Yeah, the bridge seems good, and you don't have to spend more on a motherboard, where you might not use the AGP function for more than a few months and then change your card.

That Abit board should be good. I have an Abit, and I'm very happy with it. Mine even came with a UGuru clock, which makes overclocking, seeing fan speeds and looking at temperatures so easy!
Many more companies have the UGuru clock now, but I just liked the way it worked when I got it.
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yeah the new abit board has a lot of features

heres the link for the website

http://www.abit-usa.com/products/mb/...es=1&model=239

but im getting the AN8 model of that board.
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Kewl, that one comes with UGuru too. I have the AV8, so I think yours would be a version up from mine with PCI-E support, whereas mine supports only AGP.

So yeah, get that, and then get the birdge chip. But I'm afraid I don't know where to buy that.
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yeah im sure i can find somewhere to buy the bridge.
Now the big question.. with this board ill have to be getting a amd socket 939 cpu... any suggestions on which one
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