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post #3471 of 4644
I've been very impressed with this board. 1333FSB and 1066Mhz RAM ratings are reasonable for a budget board, and it can clock much higher than that if you tell it to. From an overclocking point of view, the VERY flexible BIOS works a treat, allowing you to adjust voltages for each component individually.

The only down-sides I have found are that the North bridge heat-sink looks big, but doesn't do too well. I bought a Zalman cooler which does well even with heavy overclocking. The other issues are no on-board SP_Dif pins and no firewire. The former will only be an issue if you want to use it with a 8xxx or 9xxx GeForce for HDTV. The latter is down to personal use. Do you really need firewire?

Overall, I would highly recommend it.
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Anyone can tell me why my BIOS does not have SPD option 2.0?
lowest i have is 2.5.

Ive never flashed, bios ver f4.
post #3473 of 4644
First try at O/C:
Speedfan reads 1.04v idle core 0 And 2.00 on core 1.
1.10v core 0 and 2.00v running prime 95.
Edited by krazykraut - 10/29/08 at 10:11am
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Think you can put more volt to it krazykraut! Seen many people have their e2160`s up to 1.5v
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The USB ports on the back panel are only usb 1.1! I thought ALL the the usb ports would be usb 2. Is there anyway to update the drivers to turn the back USB's inot usb 2 or am I stuck with them?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by a$h x View Post
The USB ports on the back panel are only usb 1.1! I thought ALL the the usb ports would be usb 2. Is there anyway to update the drivers to turn the back USB's inot usb 2 or am I stuck with them?
Na, you're stuck with them. Mice and keyboards only need 1.1.. you should get a 2.0 hub if you're gonna be using external drives and webcams n stuff. assuming you have a front panel case ports already.
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I did a build with the ep35-ds3l mobo but wondering if it's defective. The reason is I had strange readings from cpu-z, hwmonitor & the mobo bios they all read the vcore at 1.52 then it went to 1.55. Vcore in bios set to AUTO which read 1.25 but another area in the bios it read 1.52 just like the monitoring software. The E8500 cpu is a E0 stepping and is set to stock speed. I did not have it overclocked & don't intend to since this is a build for a friend. I did flash the mobo last weekend to the F5 bios.
Last night I did notice the phase led lights on the mobo were on & stayed that way when the pc loaded windows. It was on while I burned about 16 dvd discs last night. I'm burning some dvd discs right now and those phase led's are not on. I also noticed last night the cpu and system temps were higher, 35c for system & 36c for cpu temp. Before flashing the mobo the cpu and system temps were low at 22c for cpu & 30c for system temp. Last night I checked my own E8400 pc which showed 23c for cpu temp and 30c for system temp.

Now the vcore is showing 1.23 within the mobo bios, cpu-z & hwmonitor. The cpu temp is now 22c & system temp is 33c. I don't understand what the heck is going on now! Did flashing the mobo bios to F5 cause this or is it just a defect on the mobo itself?

I still have 2 weeks to get a replacement from Newegg. Do you think I should RMA the mobo even if the vcore now shows the normal readings now?
I'd appreciate any comments/advice. Thanks in advance!
Edited by hawaiian_geek - 10/30/08 at 10:38pm
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post #3478 of 4644
Hi guys,

Just thought I'd post my erecent findings with t his board.

I have had my system running at 400Mhz FSB, 8x Multiplier for CPU and 2.5 memory divider, 4-5-5-12 memory timings, trd=5 with the following voltages for a couple of weeks...prime stabe for over 12 hours.

Vdimm - +0.5v
PCI - normal
FSB - +0.1v
MCH - +0.1v
Vcore - 1.5000v

I tried to set Memory divider to 2.0 so as to have CPU:RAM ratio 1:1, but the system would not post. I tried increasing VMCH, but it made no difference.

Then I thought to put the FSB and MCH voltages to normal...and guess what...it did post with the memory divider set to 2.0.

So what does this mean? That the stock Northbridge cooler/heatsink is really useless? THat even a slight overload in temp just causes instability? And I'm guessing that with the 2.0 memory divider the northbridge was under more load perhaps due to a much tighter strap setting??

SO I can conclude that the northbridge can work faster/harder with normal voltage than any other setting.

How many owners have bothered to mod the NB heatsink??
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Quote:
Originally Posted by steffche View Post
So what does this mean? That the stock Northbridge cooler/heatsink is really useless? THat even a slight overload in temp just causes instability?
I'll wager it has nothing to do with the temp. I don't think you should buy a NB cooler.
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post #3480 of 4644
slap a 40mm fan on the NB chipset.
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