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    Intel 975XBX2KR Motherboard

    Has anyone used this motherboard with Giga or for recording?
    Seems like a nice board, I'm looking for a new motherboard, thanks

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    Re: Intel 975XBX2KR Motherboard

    Been using the predecessor 975BX about a year for recording and its pretty good. The BX2 is a little better in the sata department allowing up to 8 non-raid or 2 independent 4-sata raids on 2 different controllers. I'm building a new BX2 system right now. Only negative is that Intel's new 6x50 series isn't on the supported processor list. If you want to run those, an Asus P5B Deluxe would be a better choice. I run BX2's at work with E6700 and a Q6700 and they're terrific. Haven't tried giga on one at home because I'm running XP64. But if you stick to 32-bit XP, should be fine. Do run GVI and K2 and they both run like champs on it.

    Word is that the sucessor to the 975BX2 is about to be released. It's the DX38BT nicknamed Bone Trail. Very similar features but adds 6x50 processor support with 1333 fsb. Early reports were that it also features DDR2/DDR3 support but I'm not sure if that's dual support on 1 board or 2 different versions. Here's a link to the early report I saw on it:

    http://www.thetechrepository.com/showthread.php?t=154

    Howard

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    Re: Intel 975XBX2KR Motherboard

    Quote Originally Posted by Chalfant
    Has anyone used this motherboard with Giga or for recording?
    Seems like a nice board, I'm looking for a new motherboard, thanks
    You might want to investigate some of the newer and less expensive Intel boards that offer the same or more features.

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    Re: Intel 975XBX2KR Motherboard

    Thanks guy's. I'll look into that info.........

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    Re: Intel 975XBX2KR Motherboard

    I've got the BX2 as well, but haven't used it with Giga. I'm very happy with it overall, though I never got it to correctly read more than 4 SATA drives. It has been stable as a rock and gives me good performance with Sonar.

    loyd

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    Re: Intel 975XBX2KR Motherboard

    So, perhaps there are better suggestions?
    What MOBO are people using?

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    Re: Intel 975XBX2KR Motherboard

    loydb:

    You need to install the marvel raid drivers in order to see its 4 sata ports, even it you're not using them for raid. I did it by installing their raid app, adding a non-raid sata drive, then uninstalling the raid app. Also make sure 2nd sata controller is active in bios. While you're at it, suggest you disable onboard audio in bios. I ended up moving the 4-sata raid10 (1+0) array from the intel to the marvel controller and put 1 sata config'd as ide on the intel controller. I'm booting from an ata on the 3rd controller. I might add an alt sata boot to the intel controller to try out Vista64.

    Chalfat, another good mobo the overclockers rave about is the Asus P5B. Doesn't have all the sata connectors of the BX2, however.

    Howard

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    I have used Intel boards since the BX chipset days.

    I have used giga since it's conception, along with 2 DAW's stuffed with Creamware 15DSP cards x 3. They use no CPU resources, and giga didn't use much either up until GS3 added GigaPulse and VST FX compatability.

    The Intel boards are the best for stability, and when you play live this is paramount IMO. They are strictly Meat & Potatoes, short trace routes, and little clutter. Afterall my cards are so long, in my 4U racks I have to use external DVD drives. I have gone through hell and back with Intel boards, and those dogs will hunt. I have never had a single crash yet, and after watching pros build my DAW's I finally do it myself. The last upgrade was the DP965LT using the E6700 Core Duo. The other DAW still uses the 875 Intel board w/ a 3.4GHz Northwood. But it will recieve the new DX38BT, and a 45nm CPU.

    What I like is it's ability to use low latency DDRII @ CL3 speeds. I don't go for the DDRIII fast top end hype. Low latency, and 10k / 16MB HDD's are what makes Giga smile. My Scope cards are set @ 3ms / 44.1k, and giga's kernel level MIDI plays so nicely live.

    The new Intel board will also have a great BIOS for OC'ing also. It's not important, but Intel serves no wine b4 it's time. Did you notice how they always release an in between chipset like the P35, so all of their partners like Asus, and Supermicro can make a dime b4 they clobber them w/ a new mobo /CPU / chipset? They have been burning these boards up for over a year now. Others do not have the R & D budget that Intel has, so they release their stuff while Intel watches and learns what features are needed, and what features work.

    My 965 board is super stable as usual, and your choice of the 975 is a very sound one. Many guys @ www.planetz.com use Scope / Giga DAW's, Hans Zimmer uses 6 or so, but we are not selling film scores for millions, but I did steal his set up for my work.

    I will upgrade and buy the DX38BT w/ a 45nm CPU in spring when Intel drops their prices on the quad 45's. I can hardly wait to see how many GVI, K2 instances I can load. Right now I have an entire evening worth of content loaded w/ plenty of headroom left. The only reason I will upgrade is that Gigastudio 4 will be XP / Vista capable. I sense larger DIMM's and bigger libraries coming.

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    Re: Intel 975XBX2KR Motherboard

    Quote Originally Posted by scope4live
    I have used Intel boards since the BX chipset days.

    I have used giga since it's conception, along with 2 DAW's stuffed with Creamware 15DSP cards x 3. They use no CPU resources, and giga didn't use much either up until GS3 added GigaPulse and VST FX compatability.

    The Intel boards are the best for stability, and when you play live this is paramount IMO. They are strictly Meat & Potatoes, short trace routes, and little clutter. Afterall my cards are so long, in my 4U racks I have to use external DVD drives. I have gone through hell and back with Intel boards, and those dogs will hunt. I have never had a single crash yet, and after watching pros build my DAW's I finally do it myself. The last upgrade was the DP965LT using the E6700 Core Duo. The other DAW still uses the 875 Intel board w/ a 3.4GHz Northwood. But it will recieve the new DX38BT, and a 45nm CPU.

    What I like is it's ability to use low latency DDRII @ CL3 speeds. I don't go for the DDRIII fast top end hype. Low latency, and 10k / 16MB HDD's are what makes Giga smile. My Scope cards are set @ 3ms / 44.1k, and giga's kernel level MIDI plays so nicely live.

    The new Intel board will also have a great BIOS for OC'ing also. It's not important, but Intel serves no wine b4 it's time. Did you notice how they always release an in between chipset like the P35, so all of their partners like Asus, and Supermicro can make a dime b4 they clobber them w/ a new mobo /CPU / chipset? They have been burning these boards up for over a year now. Others do not have the R & D budget that Intel has, so they release their stuff while Intel watches and learns what features are needed, and what features work.

    My 965 board is super stable as usual, and your choice of the 975 is a very sound one. Many guys @ www.planetz.com use Scope / Giga DAW's, Hans Zimmer uses 6 or so, but we are not selling film scores for millions, but I did steal his set up for my work.

    I will upgrade and buy the DX38BT w/ a 45nm CPU in spring when Intel drops their prices on the quad 45's. I can hardly wait to see how many GVI, K2 instances I can load. Right now I have an entire evening worth of content loaded w/ plenty of headroom left. The only reason I will upgrade is that Gigastudio 4 will be XP / Vista capable. I sense larger DIMM's and bigger libraries coming.
    WOW! Great info there, thanks. I'm gettin' me a ""ZIMMER" board

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    Re: Intel 975XBX2KR Motherboard

    There are very few left.

    Go to ProMusic Exchange in SoCal. Ask 4 GaryB, he will even help w/ the installation. My advice is go with the 15 DSP boards. One will get you going, and for that price you will get the best B3, Synth, Mixer, and FX you can imagine. Light years ahead of VSTi synths in quality. I don't even look at VSTi synths, they are for smaller experiments at home, or high school dances perhaps. (714 ) 744-9762


    BTW, Do you know of any soundcard that executes such power in real time, w/ tons of pro level plugs, and runs Gigastudio in all of it's flavors flawlessley?

    Everybody raves about RME, they are quite good. But CW's platform has been maturing for 9 years, and there is no difference in sound quality. I use my ears, not marketing hype like " 0 jitter ", etc.,etc.

    Just because they don't spend tons of cash on marketing doesn't mean they are dumb, but rather smart. When guys like Zimmer brag about it, you don't need any help spreading the gospel.

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