Gigabyte EP45 DS4 or ASUS P5Q Deluxe
I am in the process of changing my PC, my AMD64 3500+ has served me long enough and it's time to give it to my wife
That PC will be a dual boot between XP and probably the upcoming FC10.
It will get some Raptor, 4 GB of RAM, a Q9550 and a GTX260 (+ or not depending on availability).
As the title suggests after some browsing, I have decided I would go for either Gigabyte EP45 DS4 or ASUS P5Q Deluxe.
What can I expect of Linux compatability on both these motherboards ? Network, sound, SATA and so on?
Well for ICH10 you should get a distro with kernel 2.6.26 or newer. Should be no problem.
The problem is not ICH10(R) support but rather the more or less exotic Ethernet and audio support. For instance, IIUC RTL8111C is not present in 2.6.26.
Originally Posted by Kano
Would be very curious, because for example the P5Q runs Linux by default with an even very old kernel 2.6.20 (only legacy mode for SATA) called Express Gate (SplashTop)... You can be sure network does work. Also many new distros will use 2.6.27. Sound could be a little problem, but you can always update kernel or just update alsa - in most cases an alsa kernel option should be enough in case of problems.
Overall gigabyte seems better equipped and less troubled.
But I heard bad things about Gigabyte boards only supporting ACPI 1.0b. Power management may be worse than with Asus.
As long as you don't OC the board EIST does work with Gigabyte. That means the cpu will slow down in idle mode when for example powersaved is installed.
Well as a user of Gigabyte EX38 I may add that EIST works even when using the automatic overclock setting, that dynamically raises FSB under load.
And frequency still changes if you tweak CPU voltage.
But if you tweak FSB manually, it doesn't.
Nut sure what ACPI regulates. There has to be something...
When you raise Vcore with Gigabyte EIST is useless because the Vcore has to be lowered too to save energy. Did not try that automatic oc - if I oc i want full control over it...
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