The SK8V was definitely a shocker for me. The board’s performance was astounding, probably one of the fastest boards I’ve put my hands on yet. However, there were a few issues I ran in to. The first was the fact that the board would not recognize my keyboard or mouse in Windows with a USB mouse attached to the PS/2 port via a USB to PS/2 converter. Once I hooked up a native PS/2 mouse, the keyboard and mouse functioned properly.
The board’s layout was stupendous, ASUS obviously put a major chunk of R&D time in to it. All components were well placed and well spaced out, with no real crowding anywhere on the board. As stated previously, my only grievances are the CMOS reset jumper placement and the lack of an active HSF for the Northbridge chipset.
Performance wise, the SK8V definitely delivered. However, the proximity in performance on most benchmarks between it and the Athlon64 board coupled with the 3400+ CPU was rather disturbing, on multiple levels. The SK8V should have blown the Athlon64 board out of the water, just due to the fact that it has an incredible amount of memory bandwidth available due to its Dual Channel memory bus. This is really where the cracks start to show - for the price, the SK8V / FX-51 combo performance when compared with the Athlon64 / 3400+ just don’t justify the cost differences between the two.
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