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Well...That's helpful.

Why the hell would they do that? Jeez, sometimes I wonder what the hell these companies are thinking...

It's as simple as putting this next to the download link:
WARNING: Only compatible with Bulldozer processors. Other processors, do not flash.

The most annoying thing is certain boards not booting with Bulldozer on the stock bios, some users are a feared of bios flashing etc so it's not good, probably cause many unwanted rma's if they don't have an am3 cpu.

It's the reason behind Biostar waiting for the final stepping before releasing the board, others would of done well to do the same considering the boards ended up being poorly optimized for deneb/thuban anyways.

/rant.
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I'm thinking to buy either the UD3 or UD5 (leaning towards the UD5 for tri-SLI), but i want to know if it has core unlocking features as i have not heard about them from 9xx's chipsets.

What i want is a mobo for my BD rig, and to find and bin Phenoms to unlock and OC.

Also, is there any side-by-side comparison with the Crosshair V and the Sabertooth 990FX? Those are other mobos i'm looking at.
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I'm thinking to buy either the UD3 or UD5 (leaning towards the UD5 for tri-SLI), but i want to know if it has core unlocking features as i have not heard about them from 9xx's chipsets.

What i want is a mobo for my BD rig, and to find and bin Phenoms to unlock and OC.

Also, is there any side-by-side comparison with the Crosshair V and the Sabertooth 990FX? Those are other mobos i'm looking at.
My D3's manual shows the BIOS having the "Core unlock" option so yeah, should persist in UD3/UD5 too.
I'm still waiting for the Bulldozer to release so I can't power up my build right now and tell you if that option is 100% available in the BIOS, but it should be, since its in the manual.
All I know about the Crosshair V is that it has an awful DOA rate, at least over Newegg and Plesio.
1/2 of the people who got it either got it DOA or had to RMA it after 1h of usage.
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They had a bad batch

Not all like that, obviously. I love my CHV, probably one of the best boards I've had.
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If I plug the HDD and SSD into the grey SATA ports instead of the black, would there be any difference?

EDIT: I'm using the UD7...well I'm getting it soon.
Edited by vinton13 - 10/9/11 at 9:29am
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If I plug the HDD and SSD into the grey SATA ports instead of the black, would there be any difference?

EDIT: I'm using the UD7...well I'm getting it soon.
If your hdd supports the 6mb/s then yes there will be an improvement on the grey ports. Also, if you want to set your hard drives to AHCI and your other devices to IDE, there are options in bios for each set so that devices don't interfere with each other.
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Found a review about the GA-990FXA-UD7 that explains a lot about the VRM's on the UD7 and how vdrop happens and what it affects as well as workarounds.

http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/...p-Mod-Testing)
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If I plug the HDD and SSD into the grey SATA ports instead of the black, would there be any difference?

EDIT: I'm using the UD7...well I'm getting it soon.
The grey ports are the Marvell ports. They do not support TRIM and are slower than the AMD SATA ports.
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I just installed the F6D bios for my UD5 and I must say, there has been much improvement as far as vdroop and vrise. with F5 bios I would have to set my CPU voltage to 1.475 at 4ghz with a droop to 1.41 and rise to 1.5, barely keeping at the 1.41 volts my 1100T needs to stay stable. When I went to overclock to 4.1 Ghz I would need to set my voltage to 1.55 to stay above the 1.46 I needed to stay stable, with a vrise to 1.6. This was just too hot and too much of a difference to be stable. My computer would crash after about 2 hours in AIDA64.

Now, with F6D I am stable at 4Ghz with 1.45 volts, dropping to only 1.42 (still above the 1.41 I need) and rise to 1.47, which is still very safe. With 4.1 Ghz I am able to get stable at 1.525 with a vdroop to 1.46 and rise to 1.55. My 1100T needs the 1.46 to stay stable which is perfect and the 1.55 is still within the safe limits for my chip.

If Gigabyte can tighten up the droop/rise just a little bit more, this will be a great mobo. I have been very happy with the speed that Gigabyte has been rolling out the updates for these new boards. I am sure that eventually there will be a completely stable patch, if I don't already own a bulldozer by then.
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