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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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  • neweggOwned 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.

GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD7 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned 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.


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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