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I liked my previous motherboard, the Gigabyte DS3 (GA-965P-DS3) because, unlike the P5B series, a major vdroop on the Vcore and Vdimm was not present.

I am having a high vdroop (.04V-.05V) on my Vcore, and who knows how much on my Vdimm, on my P5B-Deluxe. I could probably easily tune down the vdroop by modifications (pencil a certain resistor, add a potentiometer, etc.), but on my Gigabyte DS3 there was barely any vdroop without mods.

Ropey,
Have you been able to raise Vdimm past +.4V (2.2V), on your Gigabyte DS3, in BIOS, without a DDR18V error (shows up under the Health Monitor in DS3's BIOS)?
I could not raise Vdimm past +.4V without this error, creating a limiting factor in the amount of voltage I could apply to my RAM modules.
And have you been able to lower the Cycle Time (Tras), of your RAM, below a value of "9"?
I was able to set it below 9 (4,5,6,7,8) in BIOS, but CPU-Z showed a value of "9".
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I'm not sure about this Nasgul. Last year I would have agreed wholeheartedly with you, but I have found that the Gigabyte 965p-DS3 is superior to the P5B. Yes, the wi-fi has some bells and whistles but in pure overclockability and smoothness of operation I have found the DS3 to be a great performer.

I found issues with the P5B in highly overclocked systems not being able to warm boot. I had to shut the system down and restart as the warm boot alway hung after 430MHz FSB. I also found that the Standby mode locked at anything after 430 FSB.

The Gigabyte 965P-DS3 had neither of these issues. I had no problem reaching 450Mhz FSB on either board but those above issues made the choice for my 6400's.

R
Yes Ropey, usually the vanilla version from ASUS are not meant for overclocking. But the funny thing is that in some very rare case and I do mean "rare", I've seen one person hitting 450fsb with the vanilla P5B.

It's like one of those things.......hit the lotto with the cheap MoBo that did well.

And the........yes, I never buy the vanilla version of ASUS board and let's face it, for some odd reason, this is the very first time that a GIGABYTE board is actually doing as good as an ASUS Deluxe board: http://www.pcper.com/article.php?aid...e=expert&pid=7

I mean, who knew that GIGABYTE could pull it off? I didn't and never expected it since that ABIT is always second to ASUS and ABIT is pretty much down the drain because they're always late in the game but I do hope GIGABYTE keeps it up for those who are in a budget.

Ropey, now there's the P5B-E with the P965 C2 which is better from what I hear than the P5B P965 C1 (Vanilla). BigVal has it.
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Ropey, now there's the P5B-E with the P965 C2 which is better from what I hear than the P5B P965 C1 (Vanilla). BigVal has it.
Yes, I normally go mid-line on new technology and then move up after a second iterative release is made. This is on the hardware level, not BIOS, etc.

I might give ASUS another try with a 6600 and a Deluxe board on the second iteration.

I was as surprised as you also. So much so that my purchase of a second iteration might well be a Gigabyte board. Hard to tell at this moment as no such releases are forthcoming yet. With ASUS I usually go with their E - Deluxe second iterations. With Gigabyte, well I just don't know yet what their nomenclature will be.

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Originally Posted by ckp64 View Post
Ropey,
Have you been able to raise Vdimm past +.4V (2.2V), on your Gigabyte DS3, in BIOS, without a DDR18V error (shows up under the Health Monitor in DS3's BIOS)?
I could not raise Vdimm past +.4V without this error, creating a limiting factor in the amount of voltage I could apply to my RAM modules.
And have you been able to lower the Cycle Time (Tras), of your RAM, below a value of "9"?
I was able to set it below 9 (4,5,6,7,8) in BIOS, but CPU-Z showed a value of "9".
I haven't tried either. I will do so tonight and post back here.

R
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That helped me with some of my upcoming choices...
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