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Hello

So I'm going to overclock my CPU, but in doubt of motherboard choose. I seen this X48 http://www.edbpriser.dk/Product/Details.aspx?pid=450893 - it's in danish, but specs are not so hard to read anyway I think (click "specifikationer").

So it got some cool looking heat pipes, does that means it got good cooling? But some say it's mostly for Crossfire (which I won't run), but wonder if it's better for overclocking, than the P45s. It's bit more expensive, but don't mind price for the few dollars.

Going with HAF X case and CM Hyper 212 cooler.
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This is a good board from the Asus X48 series - one of the best. Is it for your sig rig? If yes i would say go for the X48 chipset, as it handles better the quads and 4 slots of RAM.
http://www.asus.com/product.aspx?P_I...jla&templete=2

The main difference between X48 and P45 is the x16/16 SLI/CrossFire (for the X48) and x8/x8 for the P45, as well as the better management of 4 slots of RAM for the X48.
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The x16 2.0 is the only real advantage though, and even then, only crossfire and not sli.

If this is for overclocking the slightly newer Gigabyte EP45-UD3P is very hard to beat, and had better reference volt/gtl options. I did not think there was much difference in ram management, but ep45/ddr2 had ich10r and x48/ddr2 had ich9r, so theoretically P45 should be better.

The ddr3 variations did not seem to overclock any better and were soon overshadowed by socket 1366. Can't get the good P45 boards new any more.

I had X48-DQ6 with gtx280, so saw no benefit from x16 2.0 pcie. Still a very good board, but the EP45-UD3P was that little bit better for oc.
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This is a good board from the Asus X48 series - one of the best. Is it for your sig rig? If yes i would say go for the X48 chipset, as it handles better the quads and 4 slots of RAM.
http://www.asus.com/product.aspx?P_I...jla&templete=2

The main difference between X48 and P45 is the x16/16 SLI/CrossFire (for the X48) and x8/x8 for the P45, as well as the better management of 4 slots of RAM for the X48.
What do you mean about "Sig rig"? Also what effect on the RAMs do you xactly mean?
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A "Sig Rig" is the system listed at the bottom of your posts. If that X48 board is available it's probably a good upgrade on what you have, because a second hand EP45-UD3P is not always easily found, and there are no new ones now.
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I've tested my current X48 and one P45 and found that the X48 was better handling if all the slots of the RAM are full, that's what i meant, but to tell you whichever board you get - x48 or P45 - will be a noticable upgrade over your current one.
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I know, current can't overclock at all. But yes this is my "sig rig", so seems X48 will be good upgrade.
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That Q8200 av a terrible low multiplier. Only 7. So even with the best socket 775 board available for Quad overclocking, the Gigabyte EP45-UD3P, you would probably have a hard time reaching 3500MHz. However, many motherboards will do 450FSB. So that would give you 3150MHz. A nice little overclock.
    
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In my secondary system I have an old Gigabyte GA-P35 DS3R motherboard, paired with a Q9400. Q9400 at least has a 8x multiplier. My old P35 motherboard can make it 100% stable at 450FSB. So that gives me a nice 3.6GHz overclock.
    
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Well if you check out this HWBot max FSB chart you will see that Asus P5E Premium (almost identical to Deluxe) holds 5th place in the world with 715MHz FSB and C2D E8500 and "precious" EP45 UD3P holds 21st place with 685MHz FSB..

So in short,even if people say that UD3P is the best LGA775 motherboard for OC Asus X48 is better,and for OCing a Quad Asus P5E Deluxe has superior BIOS options,better built,more power phases for CPU etc..

Full 2.0 PCIE bandwidth on both slots when CrossFire is also +1 for Asus..

Don't get me wrong Gigabyte EP45 UD3P is a GREAT board but it's very hard to find..

If you can find Asus P5E Deluxe then GO FOR IT!!!

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