nVidia nForce motherboard chipset

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John H Jones
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I have just read a review of the Systemax A1700MB sytem.
Paul Dutton mentioned last June that he was trying to get an engineering sample to test and I wonder if he has made any progress since then and can give me some indication as to whether or not there are any problems when it comes to video editing, etc.

John

Nick Woods
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None of the reviews that I have seen of motherboards with the nForce chipset have been especially good.

You're better off looking for a motherboard with a Via KT266A chipset on it - I have an Epox 8KHA+ and it is excellent both for general use and video editing (I have an ADS Pyro)

For a set of objective reviews, get a copy of this months PC Pro magazine or you can get a good impression from their website at http://www.pcpro.co.uk - once you've registered (its free) select Labs and look for AMD motherboards in issue 89

This is still useful even if you are planning to buy an assembled PC because motherboards are often one of the areas that some manufacturers will skimp on, yet are very important.

Also you may be able to find reviews of other systems by hunting around the reviews section.

Regards

Nick

Edit :- Hmm. Having posted that reply I then followed my own advice - I couldnt find a review of the 1800MP but I did find a good review of the A1500JP which said it was a good system.

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Bomag
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For a first chipset the nForce is very good but not perfect. The onboard Geforce MX2 graphics and good 6 channel audio make it cost effective. Its not as fast as the KT266a boards but it is fast enough if you use 2 matched dimms.

The only question mark I have seen is that the drivers could do with some work (but that may have changed) and there may be some stability issues if you push it in unusual ways.

John H Jones
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The January edition of PC Pro was full of praise for the Systemax A1500JP system - a 5 star rating.The speed performance being on par with a Dell Pentium 4 2GHz system.

I'm therefore curious to know where Nick saw the adverse comment on the nVidia n Force chipset being that Bomag's comment is on the positive side.

John

Nick Woods
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Hi

Ironically I saw the first comments in PC Pro issue 83 when they reviewed the nforce. It wasnt a bad review but it wasnt a great one either, it really seems to depend if you are after a budget system or not.

I've also seen reviews at other review sites such as tomshardware.com, anandtech.com and a few others and they took much the same line, it theres nothing especially wrong with it but its nothing special either

Dont take my word for it (and dont let me put you off either - everyone's opinion is different !) - use one of the search engines and loook for nforce review

Regards

Nick

John H Jones
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Nick,
Thank you for the information.I'm still sitting on the fence!!
John

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