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GA-EP35-DS3L vs. GA-P35-DS3L

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I recently purchased a Gigabyte GA-EP35-DS3L, which is on its way in the mail to me, but I'm beginning to wonder if I should have gone for a GA-P35-DS3L instead.

Why?

It seems to me that, based on posts on this forum, the "EP" has a hard time reaching OC speeds that the "P" has no problem with. For instance, I have yet to see anyone with an "EP" reach 3.8ghz with an e7200 -- whereas 3.8, or even 4.0ghz, seems to be a common occurence with the "P."

Is there any truth to this observation?
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Wow, no one? Perhaps there is not enough evidence to draw any conclusions here. Then again, I would surely appreciate it if an EP35-DS3L owners came forward with to confirm successful (or unsuccessful) overclocks.
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well other than expansion slots (ep35 has 3x pci-e x1 and 3x PCI, p35 has 5 pci and 1 pci-e1) they seem to be almost identical.
the p35 is also $15 cheaper at newegg.
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I am a EP35 owner and I can confirm it is exactly the same as the P35 (as far as overclocking goes), the only difference is the power saver which you don't need to install. However, some people are reporting an issue with their cpu voltage resetting itself. I didn't have any problems with this.
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post #5 of 13
They're basically the same. Heck, they are the same. The EP35 just has the energy saving stuff. Just turn it off and you basically have a P35-DS3L. Vdroop might still be a problem for the EP35-DS3L. A P35-DS3L vdroop mod was found, but I don't know if there's one for the EP35 version. Vdroop was a big problem on the regular P35 boards. I got around .1v difference in Windows while at load than the voltage I set in the BIOS.
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I found a huge difference, but then I found the F5J beta bios and all was well.
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Lemans: I thought that the F5c bios was the latest available?

(Of course, nothing is posted on Gigabyte's website beyond F4 -- wish they would make the newer bios more easily accessible!)
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Ive read that with the EP35 when you set manual voltages they dont stick, i dont know if they have sorted the problem out now. Im sure a BIOS update will fix this
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post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by wiggy2k7 View Post
Ive read that with the EP35 when you set manual voltages they dont stick, i dont know if they have sorted the problem out now. Im sure a BIOS update will fix this
I never had that issue, but I did have some issues with good overclocking. That beta bios fixed everything, now this board keeps up with my bloodiron.
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