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Hi all,

I just purchased a Gigabyte Ep45-UD3P and will be replacing my Asus Rampage Formula with it.

My question is, will I run into any compatibility issues, or do you think I will have to do a re-format?

Any suggestions from experience will be appreciated.

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nope. nothing really just install drivers. you just can't Cf anymore that's pretty much it. update bios too

hopefully your overclocks are good with this board if not you can go back to the formula
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Since its a different chipset, you will have to reformat. I hope you have retail Windows, otherwise you'll need to re-buy Windows. It is against MS's agreement to install an OEM copy on more than one motherboard. Just like with retail, it cannot be on more than one motherboard at a time.

But long story short....
Different chipset....you MUST reformat. If you attempt to just plug it in and go....you'll likely corrupt files, Windows won't be activated anymore, etc.
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You can get away with not reformatting, if you pull all the drivers for everything and manually uninstall most MB dependent hardware from device manager, shut down, then swap boards before the restart. Doesn't always work flawlessly.
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Originally Posted by hogans View Post
Hi all,

I just purchased a Gigabyte Ep45-UD3P and will be replacing my Asus Rampage Formula with it.

My question is, will I run into any compatibility issues, or do you think I will have to do a re-format?

Any suggestions from experience will be appreciated.

Hogans.
If you have OEM Windows 7, you will have to buy another copy.
If you have Retail Windows 7, you will be fine but Windows will reinstall some drivers and you may have to re-activate Windows.

I parted my Q6600/Foxconn MARS P35 rig recently and swap the HDD into a Phenom II X6/MSI 890GXM-G65. Didn't have to reformat the HDD, just plugged it in, installed drivers, and re-activated it and it works fine.
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Since its a different chipset, you will have to reformat. I hope you have retail Windows, otherwise you'll need to re-buy Windows. It is against MS's agreement to install an OEM copy on more than one motherboard. Just like with retail, it cannot be on more than one motherboard at a time.

But long story short....
Different chipset....you MUST reformat. If you attempt to just plug it in and go....you'll likely corrupt files, Windows won't be activated anymore, etc.
I thought that the boards have the same Intel X48 chipset.

Edit: OH, I see the Gigabyte has a P45 chipset.
    
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I would definitely reformat. Otherwise, I'd always have a nagging feeling in the back of my head wondering if I'm really getting the full performance without conflicts in the background.
    
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If I purchase a new Hard Drive to put the operating system on, will I have issues booting with both HD's installed?
    
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