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Poll Results: What motherboard would give best overclock for Q9400?

 
  • 20% (1)
    GA-EP45UD3L
  • 80% (4)
    GA-EP45DS4P
  • 0% (0)
    EVGA-750i FTW
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post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
What motherboard would give the highest overclock for a Q9400?
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post #2 of 12
Either of the P45 boards would be better then a 750i unless you desprettly want SLi.
I have owned and used for a while a EP45U-3DL and it was a great little mobo for the Q6600 I was running then, its quite basic but is very stable and overclocks well.

The EP45-DS4P is also a very good mobo, pretty similar to the 3DL but with all the extra bells on it like Crossfire, Better cooling, slightly higher rated RAM and FSB speeds. It is also a stable board and very good at overclocking 65 and 45nm Quads. Most P45 boards are great overclockers for that gen of quads

The 680i/750i and 780i in my experiance are very hard work when it comes to overclocking. They all have massive VDroop issues and are very picky over componants they will run nicely. I ran a 780i for ages and a 750iFTW for a brief time during an RMA and TBH I really didnt like them, I just used them as they had full SLi support on PCI-E 2.0. They are much much harder to OC then a Gigabyte board with P45 Chipset.

Go for either of the Gigabyte boards, if you have the cash then go for the GA-EP45-DS4P as you will have some nice little extras and better cooling features.
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Yea but what one would give the best overclock the UD3L or DS4P? or is there no difference.
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post #4 of 12
The DS4P would be the better clocker.
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Intersting, figured the UD3l would be better overclocker.
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What about a Asus P5Q-E vs any Ep45? is any EP45 better then that P5Q-E?
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post #7 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by unsurper View Post
What about a Asus P5Q-E vs any Ep45? is any EP45 better then that P5Q-E?
You could hit up to 4GHz (500MHz FSB) on a C2Q stable in P95 on these mobos:

Gigabyte EP45 UD3P/UD3R/UD3L

Asus Maximus Formula II

Asus P5Q Premium/Deluxe/E

Asus P5Q Pro and P5Q Pro TURBO are good up to 460MHz FSB that is stable in P95 Large FFT test,but they can hit up to 530MHz FSB with a C2Q but just for validation and benching (check my sig)..

P.S.: Gigabyte EP45 UD3P is the best mobo of the bunch..

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post #8 of 12
I haven't tried my Q9400 in my P5Q-E yet, but I'm pretty confident I will do 500FSB stable.
    
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post #9 of 12
The DS4P, like many other p45 boards, is very good when it comes to reaching high fsb clocks. My board manages to run linx with my Q9650 at over 500 MHz fsb, and with some time you may even get it stable at 500 MHz or above. The only downside is that it doesn´t have llc so you will need some good cooling to reach high clocks on the cpu. At my current clock; 483x8.5 my cpu idles at almost 50 on the cores, but that is with my fans on really low speed.
Edited by Op125 - 3/29/11 at 1:59pm
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post #10 of 12
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so pretty much every one of these boards will hit over 500 fsb mainly then
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