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Well, I sent a Technical support request to Gigabyte regarding my long POST times, provided a link to my post here. Hopefully I hear something soon....
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Well, I sent a Technical support request to Gigabyte regarding my long POST times, provided a link to my post here. Hopefully I hear something soon....
I still have a feeling that it's going to be a firmware issue however they may not have a new firmware out yet to solve issues with the chipset. However I'm interested in how your system is running once it's up and running? Are you read write speeds what they should be and so on?
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I still have a feeling that it's going to be a firmware issue however they may not have a new firmware out yet to solve issues with the chipset. However I'm interested in how your system is running once it's up and running? Are you read write speeds what they should be and so on?
I just did a fresh install of Win7 last night. I got the actual latest SB990 drivers from MSI's site actually. The ones Gigabyte have posted are old. However, trying to find them on AMD's site, no can do. I'm thinking they are using the same ones as the 8series chipsets.
On that note, updating the chipset drivers did help in some overall speed. However, my SSD is still taking awhile to load Windows. Plus my POST time is still long. I may have a bad board. Because I am also noticing that sometimes non of the USB ports work. Which the BIOS doenst catch as a error, however Windows throws a fit because it cant detect any keyboard or mouse.

Edit: A side note. I am trying some overclocking with the board atm, and I must say. The Vdroop is crazy on this board. I have to set in the BIOS to 1.44v just to keep a stable 1.375 while under load. :=(:
Edited by Rebelord - 9/27/11 at 5:40pm
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Edit: A side note. I am trying some overclocking with the board atm, and I must say. The Vdroop is crazy on this board. I have to set in the BIOS to 1.44v just to keep a stable 1.375 while under load. :=(:[/QUOTE]

I agree. I've finally finished reading all the posts on this thread and I see that this issue has been discussed numerous times but there is no consensus on whether this is normal or not or how to overcome it (short of re-soldering some connections) besides increasing the voltage.

I do like Gigabyte boards but this is my one, frustrating, sore point. I think I'll have to go 1.55 or even 1.6 volts to get my 965 C3 stable at 4.05 ghz
    
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Edit: A side note. I am trying some overclocking with the board atm, and I must say. The Vdroop is crazy on this board. I have to set in the BIOS to 1.44v just to keep a stable 1.375 while under load. :=(:
I agree. I've finally finished reading all the posts on this thread and I see that this issue has been discussed numerous times but there is no consensus on whether this is normal or not or how to overcome it (short of re-soldering some connections) besides increasing the voltage.

I do like Gigabyte boards but this is my one, frustrating, sore point. I think I'll have to go 1.55 or even 1.6 volts to get my 965 C3 stable at 4.05 ghz [/QUOTE]

Well, all we can hope for on this is that when Bulldozer comes out that the Vdroop issue will be a thing of the past. It is possible as Gigabyte says that they followed AMD's LLC specs to the letter for Bulldozer. If Bulldozer in it's step down to a 32nm process it might use less power! The current Intel processors only require around 1.35v to run at 4Ghz, meaning that they use less power to run stable at higher clocks. Lets hope that Bulldozer follows suit on this, cause I'm waiting to hear on this very point before I decide which board to buy.
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I think I just found the answer I was looking for regarding the whole VDroop issue. Yes it was designed this way in strict accordance with AM3+ LLC specifications. Yes you can mod it but don't. Here is why (see picture): Without the mod, the idle voltage is higher that what is set in BIOS. At load it does drop below what you set in BIOS. If you mod it the idle voltage is still high (+75 mv) but also goes higher at load (+30 mv). You seriously run the risk of frying your CPU or other components with this mod if you're not careful. Instead of this, simply raise the voltage a bit more than normal during an overclock on this board rather than complaining or trying to mod the board which has a properly designed VDroop for your protection (and for the upcoming Bulldozer chips).

P.S. No it's not because Gigabyte was trying to cut corners or save a buck....just the opposite. They wanted to ensure the board was built to AMD's exacting AM3+ specifications. No there is no BIOS "fix" coming out for the VDroop because it's NOT an issue.

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I think I just found the answer I was looking for regarding the whole VDroop issue. Yes it was designed this way in strict accordance with AM3+ LLC specifications. Yes you can mod it but don't. Here is why (see picture): Without the mod, the idle voltage is higher that what is set in BIOS. At load it does drop below what you set in BIOS. If you mod it the idle voltage is still high (+75 mv) but also goes higher at load (+30 mv). You seriously run the risk of frying your CPU or other components with this mod if you're not careful. Instead of this, simply raise the voltage a bit more than normal during an overclock on this board rather than complaining or trying to mod the board which has a properly designed VDroop for your protection (and for the upcoming Bulldozer chips).

P.S. No it's not because Gigabyte was trying to cut corners or save a buck....just the opposite. They wanted to ensure the board was built to AMD's exacting AM3+ specifications. No there is no BIOS "fix" coming out for the VDroop because it's NOT an issue.
This is exactly what I've been thinking and kinda what I was getting at in my last post. I just never saw a company like Gigabyte making such a high end product with so many awesome features such as the UD7 with such a huge flaw and do nothing to solve it. If current release dates hold true then in about 2 weeks we should start to hear about how these boards perform with the new processors
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I think I just found the answer I was looking for regarding the whole VDroop issue. Yes it was designed this way in strict accordance with AM3+ LLC specifications. Yes you can mod it but don't. Here is why (see picture): Without the mod, the idle voltage is higher that what is set in BIOS. At load it does drop below what you set in BIOS. If you mod it the idle voltage is still high (+75 mv) but also goes higher at load (+30 mv). You seriously run the risk of frying your CPU or other components with this mod if you're not careful. Instead of this, simply raise the voltage a bit more than normal during an overclock on this board rather than complaining or trying to mod the board which has a properly designed VDroop for your protection (and for the upcoming Bulldozer chips).

P.S. No it's not because Gigabyte was trying to cut corners or save a buck....just the opposite. They wanted to ensure the board was built to AMD's exacting AM3+ specifications. No there is no BIOS "fix" coming out for the VDroop because it's NOT an issue.
Someone has done their research, good job. I dont think BD will take a huge vdroop hit like the x6 cpus do, but we will see.
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