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GA-EP45-UD3P vs. GA-EP45-UD3

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Greetigs guys,

I am building a Q9550 system and was suggested a GA-EP45-UD3P for best OCing. However, where I am I'll have to wait to get the UD3P. Instead, they have a UD3 in stock. I see that the main difference is the extra cooling on the UD3P, otherwise it seems to be the same "durable" series. Do you guys think it's worth the wait or a UD3 should be Ok as well?

I'll be taking the Q9550 to 4.0 or so with air cooling. Need a stable system for software development but am also really itching to OC this baby, so trying to pick the components to match. Here are the rest of the relevant components:

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835118019
Corsair DDR2 1066 4Gb (2 x 2Gb) with its own fan cooling.

Thanks a lot for the opinions!
post #2 of 9
Neither. I have owned few Gigabyte boards in the past, but it seems like everything is good until about few months later, when things starts to fall apart. I guess I might have had some bad batches, but it seems like it's common with Gigabyte as far as what I have read.

I have been using Asus for few months now, and I think I like it very much. I don't know how much your budget is, but I purchased my P5Q-Deluxe P45 board for around $200 when it first came out. I think it might be a little cheaper now.

The BIOS is much more in depth with Asus, and there I like the look a lot better. I like the MOSFET cooling with Asus better as well, and the build quality seems good too. The MAX overclock with my Q6600 (I know you will be using a better chip) was 3.67Ghz with Gigabyte P45 board, but I was able to reach 3.87Ghz with Asus. And another thing is that Asus seems to be really on top of their BIOS revisions, unlike Gigabyte which rolls out an update like every year.

PLUS, the customer service and tech support with GIGABYTE is horrendous. When you finally do get someone on the line, it's usually a non English speaking person who is really rude. (Just google Gigabyte customer service).

I am not saying Asus is perfect, but I am not impressed with Gigabyte so far. I am sure people have their preferences, and that's my very humble opinion.
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BTW... Go with Thermalright 120x for better cooling. I ended up giving my Zalman 9700 to my brother in law. The temp difference, and ultimately OC capability, is very dramatic between the two, and Thermalright costs about the same as Zalman.
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Originally Posted by GoHigh View Post
Neither. I have owned few Gigabyte boards in the past, but it seems like everything is good until about few months later, when things starts to fall apart. I guess I might have had some bad batches, but it seems like it's common with Gigabyte as far as what I have read.

I have been using Asus for few months now, and I think I like it very much. I don't know how much your budget is, but I purchased my P5Q-Deluxe P45 board for around $200 when it first came out. I think it might be a little cheaper now.

The BIOS is much more in depth with Asus, and there I like the look a lot better. I like the MOSFET cooling with Asus better as well, and the build quality seems good too. The MAX overclock with my Q6600 (I know you will be using a better chip) was 3.67Ghz with Gigabyte P45 board, but I was able to reach 3.87Ghz with Asus. And another thing is that Asus seems to be really on top of their BIOS revisions, unlike Gigabyte which rolls out an update like every year.

PLUS, the customer service and tech support with GIGABYTE is horrendous. When you finally do get someone on the line, it's usually a non English speaking person who is really rude. (Just google Gigabyte customer service).

I am not saying Asus is perfect, but I am not impressed with Gigabyte so far. I am sure people have their preferences, and that's my very humble opinion.
The results of the UD3P and UD3R speak for themselves. OP, I don't know if there is a difference between the UD3P and the UD3. I personally would wait. After all, the UD3P/R is the best OCing board to hit the market. The stock cooling on this board is keeping the NB to 35°C even at 612 FSB (Robilar's current setup):


Here is Robilar's thread with links to XS:
http://www.overclock.net/intel-mothe...tml?highlight=


671 FSB with dual core and DDR2 1400:
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Originally Posted by boostedevo View Post
Ballistix 8500s D9s work just fine for me. Board is 100% stock, air cooling. Mem is 2.40V set in BIOS (haven't measured real).

I wanted to get to cold benching this weekend, but have the flu, so that might need to wait til next week unless I can at least muster enough energy to drop the single stage on it. Picking up DI or LN2 tomorrow isn't likely at this point, but I'll post results when I get them.

DDR2-1400:


671FSB
Here is a quad core at 500 FSB

Quote:
Originally Posted by nugzo View Post
I've had this board up and running an hour. I previously had 2-Striker 2 Formulas, 1-MSI P7N diamond, 1-EVGA 780 FTW,
2- Maximus 2 formulas and 1- Rampage Extreme.My goal was a Q9650 4500Mhz 500x9 on Air. None of the other boards could do it.
Closest stable was 490x9 with the MIIF. I've only had 1 BSOD with this board and it only took an hour for the beginnings of an oustanding OC session.
This is what i call FUN! I've booted into windows at 533X8 only to get my 1 and only BSOD after 10-15 seconds.
That was with no extra voltage over what i'm running now. I'll be checking for max FSB Next.

Thanks to napalm for some bios settings.

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Lose the Zalman; it won't cool quad core CPUs as effectively as you need.
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BTW... Go with Thermalright 120x for better cooling. I ended up giving my Zalman 9700 to my brother in law. The temp difference, and ultimately OC capability, is very dramatic between the two, and Thermalright costs about the same as Zalman.
LOL, and for the win, strap an IFX-10 backside cooler on in conjuction with your TRUE120 for extra cooling - provided you have the room for a fit...
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I finally got around to taking a glory shot of my motherboard inside my rig and figured I'd post it to show what the IFX-10 looks like next to a TRUE, or at least what *mine* looks like at any rate, lol... and pardon the cables, it's still a WIP.

GA-EP45-UD3P + TRUE120 + IFX-10... (I have an HR-03PLUS on order to replace that copper DuOrb VGA cooler)


Did you notice that the case is completely closed? Here's my temps...
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post #8 of 9
The UD3P/R series MB are sick @$$ Beasts. I have run 500FSBx7.5 multiplier, maxing out my chip at 3.75ghz. Voltages, and temps were well safe using my TRUE with 100cfm Delta fan. IMO owning several Asus boards, Abit, 1 DFI, and this is my first Gigabyte, I like this one the most. The BIOS is fully packed with everything a 300.00 MB has, the boards is equal to (maybe rivals) a 300.00 board durability. Not to mention reached 670 FSB 3DMark benched.

Like was said before the UD3P or UD3R boards speak for themselves.
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post #9 of 9
well the UD3 has everything the UD3P has apart from the UD3P has crossfire compatability , and dual Gigabit lan. anyways here check this out and you can look at each spec for spec.

http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Products/...75#Intel%20P45
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