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GIGABYTE GA-EP45-DS3R LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Very hackintoshable 7/14/2013 1:19:55 AM

Pros: This is a great board to hackintosh. Just use Kakewalk..... My daughter's exboyfriend has this board in his hackintosh that I set up for him. He is mainly using it to record tracks for his heavy metal friends. No hickups what so ever!

Cons: Non every with gigabyte boards.

Overall Review: Gigabyte is the way to go for hackintosh set ups. Just do your homework first!!

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1/ 5
Terrible hardware. 11/8/2011 6:57:06 AM

Comments: I would have posted this earlier but I always assume user error on my part first. After testing all the ram going from vista to win 7 and trying different video cards, I cannot begin to describe my frustration with this MBO.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
4/ 5
OK, could be better 12/18/2008 11:06:51 PM

Pros: Good price, good layout. Tons of BIOS options. Lots of USB ports. Was able to get eSATA hotswap working in XP using AHCI mode. Google "Hotswap!" for a helpful program to add/remove eSATA drives. Flashed BIOS immediately to version F10 using a USB key (SO NICE!), which seems to have fixed the problems others were complaining about early on.

Cons: BIOS options for OC settings can be confusing. AHCI booting from optical drives can be flaky - to workaround, add both "CDROM" *AND* the name of the drive itself to the boot priority list, or hit F12 during POST to get boot menu). AHCI booting from hard drive works perfectly though. The disable option for the IDE port doesn't work when SATA drives are in IDE mode. Mobo cannot control CPU fan speed when using 3-pin fans, only works with 4-pin. Northbridge gets really hot, but that is apparently normal for P45 chipset. Incompatible with 3Com 905B PCI NIC, causes intermittent BSOD with it installed in either slot.

Overall Review: Was able to crank the FSB to 400 and run at 3.8GHz with no voltage bump. Sweet.

E8500, Scythe Ninja Rev.B w/Thermalright Bolt-thru kit, 2x1GB Crucial Ballistix DDR2-800, Corsair VX450, Plextor 755SA, Western Digital 2500KS, Sapphire 4850 dual-slot, Antec Solo.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
5/ 5
Ignore the haters 11/14/2008 3:09:03 PM

Pros: Great board. Ignore the hater posts. They either don't know what they are doing, or fried the board with static because they didn't use a ground strap. 20+ years of experience? My ar$e. Go back to the Commodor 64. Modern boards are out of your league.

Cons: Haters, DOA whiners, and "i didn't read the compatibility list" blamers.

Overall Review: Ever notice that even the best products have a few 1 egg reviews from (usually DOA) whiners? And everyone is a "high" tech level electronic engineer... Whatever.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Great Board 11/12/2008 2:17:52 AM

Pros: Great board for the price, works flawlessly with both my 9600gt, and 8800gt, and E8500. Overclocking is simple and easy if you know how to.

Cons: A few times I have had to "Load optimized defaults" in the bios as upon booting windows (XP Or Vista) I would get blue screens. I can't tell if its due to overclocking, since it happens on stock settings or overclocked settings.
Also it did not detect my rams correct voltages, but its not that hard to go in the bios and change that.

Overall Review: Awesome board, I love it.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Pretty Good. 11/11/2008 9:07:44 PM

Pros: Had this for a while now. Great performance upon boot up. Had to flash to F9, now flashed to F10. Reboot/Sleep loop issue is fixed. Overclocks like a dream. I now have an E8400 running at 3.825GHz with idle temps at 25 and full load temps at 55 ish. No issues as of now. And it's been two and a half months.

Cons: Color scheme. I wish it would have a bolder look rather than that of a colorful cereal or a lego set. Black PCB and red PCI-e ports would've been wonderful.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Good mobo 11/11/2008 3:09:29 PM

Pros: Good motherboard... easy to install...

Cons: Wish they wouldn't have had so many extra screws and such, I felt overwhelmed (this being my first build) and could have sworn I was missing something when I saw so many screws left.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
2/ 5
11/10/2008 12:34:32 PM

Pros: It booted (sort of). A plethora of ports - 8 USB 2.0, awesome, both 6-pin/4-pin Firewire, both Optical and Coaxial digital audio, came with an eSATA bracket, twin GigE ports, onboard COM1/LPT ports.

Cons: Oh man, where to start. I'll start gently:

- the brackets to breakout the SPDIF In, COM1, LPT1 ports are available only from a 52-year old man in a shady alley in Bangkok. It's like they forgot to have the brackets made when designing the board.

- BIOS. Stock BIOS I got with this board would not boot with more than one stick of RAM. Updated it, and..

- RAM. Did not like my Ballistix or Corsair RAM. Both are very highly regarded brands, yet it only runs with OCZ sticks. And at stock clocks.

- Overclocking - non-existent. I've pushed the same RAM and CPU I tried on this board to a near 55% OC on an Asus 650i (an OLDER board), yet this thing can't handle a mere 100MHz increase.

- Noise - all the Gigabytes I've owned have audible inductor/VRM whine, and its irritating.

Minor gripes:

RAM Slot 1/2 are too close to PCIe x16 slot 1 - you must remove the GFX card to remove/install RAM.

No nice feature like Asus Q-Connector for Front Panel Cables.

Overall Review: I got this because it was cheaper than the P5Q at the time. Never again...never Gigabyte again. Asus does it right. Save yourself headache and annoyance and pick up the P5Q or some other P45 board.

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