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ASUS P8P67 PRO or Gigabyte UD4?

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Hello all,

I originally purchased my UD4 from Microcenter and received a bad B2 chipset. We all know the story.

Anyway, MC is offering the opportunity to return my current UD4 and either getting the new B3 version, or a choice of any other equal or more expensive board. I'm looking at the ASUS P67 pro, in addition to considering sticking with the UD4.

I have to admit the only reason I'm considering changing boards is because the UD4 is giving me some issues - they may or no be particular to my individual board. I'm having a very hard time overclocking with any form of stability past 4.2. I have downloaded and played with the more recent BIOS releases from GB, looked deeply into my settings, etc. But whenever I approach the 4.0+ mark, I see significant instability - games crash (or worse, they hang during gameplay), or programs just hang - I'll load Chrome, for example, and there's an extensive 2-4 second pause before the PC responds. Same thing if I'm dragging and dropping a window - I left click to move the window, pause, pause, and then finally it moves. This is all on an SSD.

Compounding these issues is that boot and shutdown time are also a little slow for my liking. Additionally, for whatever reason, this board hates my Corsair 9-9-9-24 1333 RAM and constantly tries to run it at 7-7-7-20. I have to keep changing the settings in the BIOS. I stuck some older g.skill in there, and it immediately defaults to 9-9-9-24 - no need for a change at each boot up.

I guess my question is this: does anyone have similar issues with their UD4 or their ASUS? I'm starting to suspect I just got a lemon board, but you never know. Thoughts? Is the ASUS just better, even if both boards are fully functional?
    
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Well, I don't have any direct experience, but I researched the same decision yesterday and decided on the Asus board. There's a sticky at the top that indicates more board members have stable results overclocking on the Asus board.

My decision was based on reviews I read around the net regarding stability, the nicer graphical / mouse bios that Asus has (Gigabyte is a bit behind), and I liked the Asus support website.

You didn't mention what processor you're running, that would probably help someone help you...
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I have a 2500k on the P67 Pro by Asus, and I got it to 4.954Ghz... but I didnt finish fiddling with settings...I got it unstable to 5.5Ghz, it would boot but not pass any tests.
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Certainly odd. Maybe there's something else going on? I have the cheapest UD3 board and have no trouble hitting 4.8GHz for 24/7 and 5.1GHz for benching. Maybe you got a bad board. With Asus you get that fancy new UEFI bios. Might be worth a shot.

I was actually planning on upgrading to the UD4 when the B3 boards came in.
Edited by compudaze - 3/8/11 at 9:12am
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Certainly odd. Maybe there's something else going on? I have the cheapest UD3 board and have no trouble hitting 4.8GHz for 24/7 and 5.1GHz for benching. Maybe you got a bad board. With Asus you get that fancy new UEFI bios. Might be worth a shot.

I was actually planning on upgrading to the UD4 when the B4 boards came in.
Yeah, I'm almost certain that my board is bad. I had a good OC going at first, but after some thorough testing, I had to ramp it down. I think I'll go with the ASUS. Thanks all.
    
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It's been a tough choice for me, and even though I hear there's still a lot of bugs being worked out with the Gigabyte boards, I love the color scheme. I know, I know, stupid reason to go with a different board... but I'm tired of everyboard being blue. Like seriously, ***...
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