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OCZ XMP Ready Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model OCZ3X1600LV6GK
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: XMP profiles worked as promised on my GA-X58A-UD7 and according to Gigabyte should run 12GB (6 x 2GB) without issue at 1600.

Cons: None so far, maybe the i7 logo if you bought these and put them in an AMD system, hopefully people will buy a dual channel kit for that.

Other Thoughts: Cannot wait to get another set and test out 12GB, 6GB is a nice step up from the 4GB I had on my old AMD system, I can actually run a VM and give it a decent amount of ram to work with.

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GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD7 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: * The board looks awsome.
* Neweggs RMA process is great
* 24 phase power, although I doubt it offers much over the previous models 12 phase
* USB 3.0 will come in handy as devices become more common
* I guess SATA 3.0 although at this point doesn't offer any advantage especially on mechanical drives.
* 2 x CMOS reset buttons one internal and one external
* Seemed stable using the XMP profile 1 for 1600 on my OCZ XMP (3x2GB) Ram kit, tried Windows 7 64-Bit, Ubuntu 9.10 64-Bit, and OSX Snow Leopard 10.6.2 (No kernel panics with retail vanilla install)
* Gigabyte phone support was like a 3 minute wait time at 7PM EST, pretty good if you ask me.

Cons: * Marvell SATA III controller would not do RAID 0/1 single drives were fine, but when Windows 7 installer would reboot the first time after copying files it wouldn't boot stating "A Disk Read Error Had Occured, Press CTRL-ALT-DELETE to restart", upon doing the CAD the computer would post and if you hit delete to enter the bios the computer would spontaneously reboot.

* The retail packaging is a joke, the tray the motherboard sits it was broken when I received it

* Only supports CPU fan throttling, case fans are full blast off the motherboard fan headers.

* Both 1x PCIe slots are blocked if optional heatsink is used.

* If you do not use the optional heatsink the usable 1x PCIe slot is almost too close to the waterblock, my Creative X-Fi solder connections almost touch the waterblock (< .5 mm clearance, yeah scary close) be sure to check your card and trim the leads on any solder connections that may short to the waterblock.

* High pitch noise when computer is posting.

Other Thoughts: Overall a decent board, I just hope my replacement will be fully functional, Newegg went above and beyond on the RMA. I think some of my cons were directly due to the retail packaging and the fact it was in the bottom of the shipping box with no peanuts underneath it.

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Terry R.'s Profile

Display Name: Terry R.

Date Joined: 01/04/09

  • Reviews: 2
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  • First Review: 01/13/10
  • Last Review: 01/13/10
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