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This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: I bought this board for its stability and OC ability. I have not been disappointed. Bios has all the features you want to see in an OC mobo. Loaded with usb ports. good mix of expansion slots.
I paired the board with an Intel E5200 2.5ghz Wolfdale and 2GB DDR2 1066 Kingston HyperX dual channel ram. Stuck a Swiftech Apogee 2 on it with a black ice II dual 120 rad and a 120vac pond pump with danger den pump relay. Also installed a Swiftech res. and tied it together with 1/2 ID 3/4 OD heavy wall clear tubing. Im running CAT waterless Red coolant. 27C Idle/29-30C Gaming @ 3.06ghz normal voltage. System temps around 36C ambient 68F - 70F. Runs @ 3.6ghz mild voltage increase with only a few degree difference noticed, but for longevity I keep it @ 3.06ghz ram @ 1066 2.2V
Cons: Not worth loosing an egg but it can be a bit finicky about ram settings. Most likely due to the power requirements of my specific ram @ 2.2v. Not the board really but is an irritating OC issue.
Other Thoughts: I would build the system over again with these parts. The board has been a solid performer.
HD 2600 graphics card
650w X-Power psu
bone pile drives
windows 7 ultimate
Pros: Runs @ stated specs. Doesnt heat my system avg system temp under normal load is 35C. Good ram for O.C.
I have this paired with a gigabyte mobo and a Wolfdale E5200 2.5GHZ cpu clocked at 3.2GHZ daily. The machine runs 24/7 without issue. Great Ram, about to add a second set of this ram.
Cons: haven't run across anything a seasoned builder could call con.
This ram is advertised as high performance gaming hardware. Expected customer base is leaned toward enthusiasts and hard core modder/gamer/addicts and techies.
Other Thoughts: Ladies and Gentlemen of newegg, might I say this ram will run at advertised spec.
#1 issue is default power to your ram from your motherboard is 1.8vdc, your bios must allow for this setting to be increased to 2.2vdc. 2.2 vdc is the Required voltage to achieve spec speeds.
#2 your FSB directly affects ram speed.
If you don't understand the above steps, or your motherboard wont allow voltage change, then do not buy this ram, as it will not function at advertised speed.
Find ram with a voltage spec of 1.8v and you will not have issues. Hope this will help clarify a bit about this ram it is Good ram, it just requires Bios changes to achieve speed.
Pros: Supports dual video cards, three SATA drives, and 4 ide/molex style power @ 650W for cheap! Some may view the limited connections as a con, but the wires are long enough to reach and short enough to hide.(see cons) Not overbearingly noisy, about what you'd expect from a pair of 80mm fans.
Cons: Doesnt always register a full 12 vdc through motherboard sensor, could be a goofy sensor so i wont dock it an egg, just worth mention. My fans run strong without fluctuation, for what thats worth.
Secondly, The cables are plenty long for most "Gamer" cases, but if your going full tower, make sure your psu placement will allow wires to reach before you order. Again not worth docking an egg as I knew this prior to order.
Other Thoughts: I ordered this as a temporary unit until i had more in my project budget. With full intention from day one of replacing it, and I just cant bring myself to do it yet. Im going to run it till if fails if not in my gamer then in one of the other machines around the house. Its a powerhouse for the budget builder and it works well!
Custom Chenming 901 Full Tower, Fully modded
GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P Motherboard
E5200 Wolfdale 2.5GHz O.C. @ 3.2GHZ since day one
1 SATA HD, 1 IDE HD
1 DVD/CD RW
3 x 120mm led fans, 2 x 80mm fans, 1 x 90mm fan (in case)
2 x Dual 12" Cold Cathode UV light kit
multiple usb peripherals
As you can see the PSU pulls its weight in my rig, and begs for more!