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I recently purchased an MSI G965M-FI motherboard for a system upgrade. Overall the board is pretty good with lots of features, but it had one "unexpected feature" that I didn't know about when I bought it. The PATA100 IDE port won't allow you to install an operating system from a CD-ROM attached to it.
While its on their website, MSI doesn't tell you this on the retail packaging, until you break the seal on the static wrap and look at the motherboard. There, with a tiny label placed over the IDE connector they inform you "This IDE does not support OS installation in hard drive".
This made my out-of-box experience rather maddening, as I had to get a USB based CD-ROM to install a fresh copy of XP. This seems like a pretty lame way to save money, disabling functionality on an IDE port that's included. Some research shows me that other manufacturers are doing the same thing. Why?
My question is; Does anybody know if this is an issue that can be fixed by upgrading the BIOS, or is this hard-wired in the IDE controller?"
Intel and AMD both have new features for mobile, but Intel seems to win this with added performance features where power can shift from idle cores over to a core with a higher load on it, intel also features a deep power down mode for laptops where it uses almost no power for use with laptops sleep mode (does require a longer boot up time from this mode).
Really when it comes down to it for the Desktop CPU's its your opinion of a few features and which one will cause a higher increase in performance.
In my opinion with a strong push towards parrallel programing the AMD Barcelona will win out, that and the fact that the On Chip memory controller will allow an even higher transfer rate since motherbords will no longer have bus to the memory so there is one bottle neck removed so information can be processed even faster. Intels chips are faster and possibly will have a better core to core performance, but features like DSDC, directly interfacing Memory with the CPU, and then a Single Die quad core chip could easily makeup in total system performance, ram is already at 1.2GHz, any incentive pushing it past 1.6GHz ultimately renders it useless to Intel but mostlikely not for AMD. Intel still has a proven processor, so is all this magic and voodoo that AMD is talking about their processor really that impersive, or is Intel's penryn another Leap ahead of AMD?"
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