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Gigabyte GA-EP35-DS3, GA-P35-DS3 or GA-P35-DS3L?

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Hey peeps! I'm new here and new to over clocking. I'm currently selecting the components for a new system and plan to do a little OCing with a Q6600 CPU. I want to run it at a stable 3,0 GHz (not looking to squeeze it to the bottom) and have been told this CPU should be able to handle that with no problem. Since I'm new to this (and don't want to spend the rest of my days fussing over my PC) I'm looking for a motherboard that won't give me too many problems (setting it up etc.)

I was told that de GA-P35-DS3 should fall into this category and is also affordable. The GA-P35-DS3L is even more affordable and obviously I want to save money if possible but don't want a headache because of it. I'm also looking at the GA-EP35-DS3 but have heard that this one has problems OCing (because of power saving that won't turn of or something?)

So does anybody here know how these boards compare to oneanother in terms of OCing? I would very much like to know! Thanx!!

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Hi again!

I thought it over and decided to go for either the EP35-DS3 or the P35-DS3R since these two do seem to be a bit more durable. As a matter of fact I already ordered the EP35-DS3 (I can still change it if I need to but I'll have to be quick). The thing is that I heard that this board has problems overclocking. I haven't been able to confirm this anywhere else... Can anybody tell me if if (and what) they have any experience overclocking this board? I would very much appreciate it! Thanx!!!

... I'm thinking maybe I should start a new thread... I'll do that!
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go with the DS4 version, as it has better cooling (mosfets, vreg, etc) I got the DS4, and then temps and ease are amazing! Also, with the DS3 version, someone on this forum had an electrical fire on one of the top regulators (most likely heat issues)

EDIT: My DS4 version has the energy saving option, but it only works when everything is at stock, and the windows software is installed. It turns off after it leaves the bios.
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as long as you dont want to run sli or raid, the p35-ds3l is great for the price. i have all of my Q6600's running on that board. most of them are at 3.4, i have been able to get 2 of them up to 3.6, but the temps were too high for 24/7 use.(folding) so, i would recomend that board.
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Originally Posted by gibsonnova74 View Post
as long as you dont want to run sli or raid, the p35-ds3l is great for the price. i have all of my Q6600's running on that board. most of them are at 3.4, i have been able to get 2 of them up to 3.6, but the temps were too high for 24/7 use.(folding) so, i would recomend that board.
That's actually what I was hoping to hear. If it overclocks (as) well (as the other two) I'll go with the p35-ds3l since it's the cheapest in the bunch... So far it's 1 for 1 against :-)
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I again,

I thought it over and decided to go for either the EP35-DS3 or the P35-DS3R since these two do seem to be a bit more durable. As a matter of fact I already ordered the EP35-DS3 (I can still change it if I need to but I'll have to be quick). The thing is that I heard that this board has problems overclocking. I haven't been able to confirm this anywhere else... Can anybody tell me if if (and what) they have any experience overclocking this board? I would very much appreciate it! Thanx!!!

... I'm thinking maybe I should start a new thread... I'll do that!
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Hard DriveOptical DrivePowerCase
500GB Samsung Spinpoint T166 Samsung SH-S202 Super-Writemaster 400W Nexus NX-8040 Modular 80 Plus Real Silent Cooler Master 690 
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I have the p35-ds3r and I would recomend it, awesome mobo for the price
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I just did a new build for my kid using the GA-P35-DS3L. and it is a very nice board if you don't plan on going SLI. Check it out here.
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post #8 of 9
guys, i think he want information of the Enregy Saving version of the board, hence the E in the GA-EP35-DS3. (he's heard somewhere that the energy saving option isn't tunred off, and messes with the OC to cause some instability that normally wouldn't happen. He just wants to know if there is any coformation to that rumor)
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I can’t find where I would ask a question about the Problem with on-board sound on my GA-EP35-DS3. It is humming bad and it is up to date. I did put a new audio card in the thing and it is still sends a loud HUM to my MIXING Board. Same for headphones or any amp I plug it into. It sounds like the ground wire is off. And it is grounded and I put a new power supply in it just to test that as well.HELP ME I AM GOING NUTS and I have a band in here that is Recording now and the play back is Baddddddddd! L



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