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This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: Great board. Tons of features:
-More SATA ports than you can shake a stick at
-Great overall layout (my AC Freezer 7 pro fit well and didn't block anything)
-Good overclock capability (though can be finicky to get stable using the build in "easy" overclock utility)
-Board stays nice and cool
Not sure why some people mentioned only one SATA power connectors as a con, since that is a PSU issue, not a mobo one.
Cons: -Instructions not very clear on power requirements: My PSU only came with a 4 pin 12V connection vs the 8 pin slot on the board. As indicated by other people, the manual doesn't indicate that you need to use this plug to power the CPU.
I spent a good couple of hours trying to figure out why my CPU fan wouldn't spin when everthing else would power up, only to find the answer in these reviews lol As soon as I plugged my 4 pin 12v into the slot, everything spun up as it should. Reading the other reviews, looks like some other people had similar issues, but thought the board was DOA when it really is user error lol
-Not really a con, but my case has a bottom mounted PSU, so the 12v cable just BARELY reached the mobo slot. Just something to watch out for when building a system.
Other Thoughts: System Info:
Core 2 Duo E8400
AC Freezer 7 Pro
Patriot Viper PC2-8500 2X2GB
XFX Geforce 9800 GTX+
OCZ StealthXStream 500W PSU
CoolerMaster CM690 case
Hitachi Deskstar 1TB SATA
WD Caviar 250GB SATA
Pros: -Fast card!
-Very affordable (especially with MIR)
-Recognized immediately and auto updated drivers on the website
-FPS for most games at least doubled, and I don't even have PCI-X 2.0 yet (upgrading Mobo/CPU very soon)
-Shipped in 2 days!
Cons: None so far
Other Thoughts: Great card, great prices, fast shipping. Won't shop anywhere else but Newegg now!READ FULL REVIEW