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Asus Commando

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NuTech 6th March 2007, 17:19 Quote
Quality review to Bit-tech's high standards as usual. ;)

On a side note, anyone know what ever happened to the Asus Frontlinker? Maybe somebody at HQ can pull some strings and find out?
rupbert 6th March 2007, 17:45 Quote
So is the Asus P5B Deluxe the better board in terms of value/features then?
Bindibadgi 6th March 2007, 18:03 Quote
Depends what you're after, Wifi? Solid state caps? LCD screen? Onboard switches? A couple more heatpipes to provide better stability during the summer? Slightly better overclocking potential, 400 or 450? You have to judge if the £20 is worth it considering your needs.

Nu: I'll put it on my list to ask Asus at CeBit.
Krikkit 6th March 2007, 19:45 Quote
Awesome review yet again, there's a flurry of mobo's coming atm, it's awesome. :D

Looks like a good board really, have you any quibbles that didn't make it to review?
BUFF 7th March 2007, 05:34 Quote
As always a good review by Bit-tech.
Seems quite a variable board going by the forums - some people think that it's as simple a case of QC & whether they were made in the new Chinese factory or not.
Also a lot of reports of them being noisy, Clunk over on Hexus had 3 which I think have all gone back (certainly 2 have).

Plans for an AB9 QuadGT review?
rupbert 7th March 2007, 08:09 Quote
@ BUFF

Noisy when using the optional cooler?
Bindibadgi 7th March 2007, 13:07 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by BUFF
As always a good review by Bit-tech.
Seems quite a variable board going by the forums - some people think that it's as simple a case of QC & whether they were made in the new Chinese factory or not.
Also a lot of reports of them being noisy, Clunk over on Hexus had 3 which I think have all gone back (certainly 2 have).

Plans for an AB9 QuadGT review?

Noisy? As in electrically? Because the thing doesn't have a single fan. I never used the optional cooler, and it survived 24 hours of stress test without it.

When I see Abit at CeBit I'll ask for one. We gave up on the AB9 Pro since ours died :(

We had 3 EVGA 680i boards and every one was bad, so sometimes you get good and bad batches of any manufacturer.
BUFF 7th March 2007, 13:54 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
Noisy? As in electrically? Because the thing doesn't have a single fan. I never used the optional cooler, and it survived 24 hours of stress test without it.
lots of threads on the net about toroid buzz (even at stock) - as I said Clunk on Hexus returned 3 ...

e.g. http://forums.anandtech.com/messageview.aspx?catid=29&threadid=1994876&enterthread=y
rupbert 7th March 2007, 14:21 Quote
@ BUFF

That sounds like a group of defective boards, when you said noisy I assumed every board was inherently noisy.

I've used the Asus P5B-Deluxe without this problem, so I'm guessing it's not a widespread issue?
BUFF 7th March 2007, 17:22 Quote
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Originally Posted by rupbert
That sounds like a group of defective boards,
well they've been in the US, UK & Europe so it's a big group ...

HardOCP just posted their review today & they too struggled to get over ~460fsb.
rupbert 7th March 2007, 18:06 Quote
@ Bindibadgi

Can you confirm the review board did not have this 'buzzing' issue? It would put me off buying it to be honest.
Bindibadgi 8th March 2007, 09:08 Quote
Well the labs aren't exactly quiet with some seven machines running on and off, but I'm usually pretty susceptible to high pitched whines and this didn't have any that I noticed the entire time.

I was actually looking at a way to stop the coils whining the other day: apparently if you move them whilst the board is running (with something non metallic) until they seem better, and drop liquid neophrane/silicon on them it kills the noise.

We've had this board since mid-Jan though, so if recent board batches are iffy either try to wait or buy from somewhere noone else does?
rupbert 8th March 2007, 10:00 Quote
@ Bindibadgi

Thanks for the follow up.

I think I'll probably go for the P5B-Deluxe instead, I would be concerned that I couldn't return the Commando because it 'whines'...
Bindibadgi 8th March 2007, 10:21 Quote
Go for it, you'll save twenty quid in the process and gain onboard WiFi. Asus even do a Vista edition P5B now.
rupbert 8th March 2007, 10:34 Quote
Vista Edition?
DougEdey 8th March 2007, 10:36 Quote
randosome 8th March 2007, 19:25 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
Go for it, you'll save twenty quid in the process and gain onboard WiFi. Asus even do a Vista edition P5B now.
so whats the difference, it supports a TPM module (but you have to buy it separately)
And it supports readyboost - though i don't understand how that makes any difference to the motherboard at all
And i guess it has vista drivers

did i miss anything ?
Kubix 12th March 2007, 13:31 Quote
Had a commando since it came out, not noticed a whine or anything off the board. Running it will an E6700 and it never skips a beat, one of the better boards i have had. the optional cooler i havent used a there is plenty airflow within the case.
rupbert 12th March 2007, 14:06 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kubix
Had a commando since it came out, not noticed a whine or anything off the board. Running it will an E6700 and it never skips a beat, one of the better boards i have had. the optional cooler i havent used a there is plenty airflow within the case.

Thanks for that, and welcome to the forums ;)
LonnyBoy 16th March 2007, 21:58 Quote
cool thing but i don't like commando most than crosshair ROG RepublicOfGamers 'cause of cpu! I LIKE A.M.D (advanced.micro.devices)
thx
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