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Motherboard recommendations?

Posted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 6:19 pm
by Azarado
I need board for any Phenom II X6 CPU (I'm flexible...any will do) that will meet all following requirements:
1. At least five PCIe/PCI slots (hopefully 2 supporting nVIDIA SLI, but starting to think this a lost cause!).
2. Floppy disc drive.
3. At least five SATA connectors.
4. Gigabit ethernet.
5. At least one FireWire, and three USB 2.0 ports
Would prefer either Gigabyte or Asus boards, but desperate enough to consider other brands. Suggestions welcomed.

Re: Motherboard recommendations?

Posted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 6:35 pm
by xenopeek
Moved here by moderator

This sounds like a question you would be better answered on AnandTech, Tom's Hardware or similar hardware forums.

You can check out any hardware from other members and how it works with Linux Mint on the community site: http://community.linuxmint.com/hardware/search

Re: Motherboard recommendations?

Posted: Fri Jan 27, 2012 2:39 pm
by karliet
does this suit your needs good enough?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6813128514

do you really use floppys still?
they DO make good coasters

Re: Motherboard recommendations?

Posted: Fri Jan 27, 2012 3:26 pm
by AlbertP
I recommend not to use Gigabyte, see also http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTAwMjg.

Asrock motherboards often work well with Linux. There is, for example, M3N78D. That board has an nVidia chipset, but it lacks a second graphics card slot.

Perhaps you can get a board with nForce 680a, 750a, 780a or 980a chipset. Those chipsets support AM3 CPU's like the Phenom II X6 and also support SLI.

Edit. I found this board: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 813131636R
This is the only nVidia SLI capable board for socket AM3 which I can find on Newegg. I think it is a good board, though it is a bit expensive. It has everything you need except floppy.