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I bought the gigabyte DS3R which is currently in my computer.. but would it be worth it to RMA it and spend the extra $100 to get a 780i board so that SLI is an option in the future

also, would the 780i provide better OC'ing abilities? because I've tried everything and can't get stable at 3.6 unless I lap my chip and heatsink probably..
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The DS3R overclocks like a dream and is very easy to use. The 780i is a brute and overclocks well too. I'd only worry about making the change -if- running SLI was going to be a legitimate option in the future.
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I've been playing around with my ds3r and getting others advice but when I run it @ 3.6 it isn't stable.. prime95 only runs 3 tests the other crashes

I had my voltages all set correctly.. I think other than the nbridge which I didn't change... but that might have a big effect?
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I would wait on the X48 release to make a decision.

Nvidia has had the spotlight this week. Don't make a hasty decision when there is so much new tech coming out in the near future. The cycle continues the same way every year. New CPU's/MB's in Q1 of the year. Revisions and price drops at the beginning/middle of Q2.
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I don't think you will gain anything as far as CPU OC goes. Both boards should be capable of high enough FSB's to max out tha Q.

IMO, SLI is a waste. Depending on the res you use, in most cases it isn't worth it. I have always stuck will a decent single card and have had no complaints. I think this is more a personal choice.

edit: What do you mean by "set the voltages correct"? I wouldn't go by others OC's. Even if it is the same mobo and CPU, the OC results can be different. You may need more vcore to stabilize.
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I've been playing around with my ds3r and getting others advice but when I run it @ 3.6 it isn't stable.. prime95 only runs 3 tests the other crashes

I had my voltages all set correctly.. I think other than the nbridge which I didn't change... but that might have a big effect?

You will have to bump your northbridge a good amount to get 3.6ghz. I believe mine went from 1.27-1.6.
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Can anyone tell me where to find the nbridge to change.. is it in the MIT tweaker for my mobo? I looked and I didn't see it
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post #8 of 9
In my DS3L BIOS, it was listed there next to MCH voltage I believe.


edit: Just go a little at a time and check temps when stressed. I think you have a different cooler, but mine got very hot when I cranked the volts up too high.
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Oh okay, well I'll try and find it then I guess that's why I couldn't hit 3.6 stable...

If I can hit 3.6 I'll be happy
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