Dual-core-capable Platforms Reviewed
Subject: Motherboards | August 17, 2005 - 04:38 PM | Ryan Shrout
The gang at Tech Report has posted up an article that looks at various motherboards based on the 955X and nForce4 SLI Intel Edition chipsets for dual core Intel processors.
With our summaries complete, it's clear that none of the boards in this round-up are perfect. Each has high points and drawbacks, but a couple stand out as better options than the rest. Our first Editor's Choice recipient is an easy pick. With a comparably low price tag, decent all-around performance, and fantastic uGuru hardware monitoring and fan speed control, the AL8 is a perfect companion for a budget dual-core system based on a Pentium D 820.
While it was easy to single out the AL8 as our favorite platform for a budget system, picking the best high-end board is more difficult. In my view, it comes down to a battle between the Asus P5ND2-SLI Deluxe and P5WD2 Premium WiFiTV Edition. Both were performance leaders, and each has something a little different to offer. For the P5WD2, it's the WiFiTV bundle, and for the P5ND2-SLI it's support for SLI.