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Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3R

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Matticus 21st November 2008, 10:54 Quote
Nice informative review and nice to see another gigabyte board performing pretty well. I have a bit of a soft spot for gigabyte. I really don't need a board to be an extreme overclocker or have crossfire/sli, I mainly want a board that will give me a modest overclock, performs 100% stable 24/7 and doesn't nom nom nom all my electricity. Obviously most of all it needs to be affordable, which is why I will be aiming for gigabyte boards for at least the foreseeable future.
Denis_iii 21st November 2008, 11:27 Quote
a shame about the 500FSB barrier, was hoping to run e8400 with 8 multiplier on this board
maybe a bios update will resolve?
Bindibadgi 21st November 2008, 11:34 Quote
Check other reviews - if they do it maybe they do something I don't know, but honestly I doubt it - the DS3R never hit 500FSB either and the P45 has been around for ~6 months now.
SPQQKY 21st November 2008, 12:41 Quote
There is a large thread on these boards at XS, I've seen several go over 500FSB. I myself have not been able to, but I got the EP45-UD3R and loved it so much, it replaced my Asus Maximus Formula and I have another one on the way to replace my IP35 Pro in my other rig. These are fantastic boards at an incredible price. Anyone looking to get a new C2D motherboard, I can't think of a better board right now.

BTW: The GA-EP45-UD3P has dual LAN and an extra PCI-E x16 slot. I actually have THAT board on order and got it for $119 USD Shipped from newegg using a $10 off promo code.
[USRF]Obiwan 21st November 2008, 12:44 Quote
If they ditch the fdd/ide and move the sata to the sides. It would have been a winner.
Bindibadgi 21st November 2008, 12:52 Quote
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Originally Posted by [USRF]Obiwan
If they ditch the fdd/ide

It absolutely will not happen on P45 or any mid-range product for at least the next .. 3 years.
ravenelje 21st November 2008, 17:33 Quote
It seems to me that many reviews leave out durability tests. Not about overclocking, or performance, but rather what happens when your kid grabs the board and drops it prior to insertion into the case, or when the case manufacturer provides the wrong standoffs and you have to rip the screws out of the board with pliers?

This happened recently and have scratches and cracks in two seperate places around the screw holes. It appears that I even crossed over the circuitry and exposed the copper underneath. It booted first time no problem and hasn't had a single issue. This MoBo is a beast. Not only does it do all the stuff outlined in this review, but it can sustain physical damage and continue to fucntion.
[PUNK] crompers 21st November 2008, 18:23 Quote
having had all sorts of boards from asus, abit, biostar and others i can honestly say that my P31-DS3L is the most stable mobo i have ever personally experienced and i'll certainly be going for gigabyte next time round
steelblade 21st November 2008, 18:50 Quote
Thanks for this review - I wasnt expecting it so soon. Ill be doing a bit more reading first but I think this fits my bill. Thanks again!
HourBeforeDawn 21st November 2008, 18:56 Quote
huh my brother needs a new board maybe I will get him to upgrade to this so I can mess around with it lol.
trek554 22nd November 2008, 02:13 Quote
my GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P board uses those red slots just fine. the only difference between my board and this one is that I mine has an additional PCI-E slot for crossfire.
zr_ox 22nd November 2008, 06:50 Quote
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Originally Posted by crompers
having had all sorts of boards from asus, abit, biostar and others i can honestly say that my P31-DS3L is the most stable mobo i have ever personally experienced and i'll certainly be going for gigabyte next time round

I have to agree with you. My EP45 DS5 is the most trouble free motherboard I've had and I for one would not hesitate to buy Gigabyte again.

Looks like another nice, if un-necessary release from Gigabyte.
SPQQKY 25th November 2008, 03:29 Quote
New DDR2 Speed records broken with Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3R

DDR2 1696 (848MHz) !!!

I really love this board. Although I'm not breaking records, I am running 2 x 2GB G.Skill Pi Black @ DDR2 900 4-4-4-12 w/ 2.0v. I'm also running them in the red DIMM slots. In this review, you had bad luck with the red DIMMs, but I think it was just that...bad luck.
Tim S 25th November 2008, 08:39 Quote
That's sick and I love the pics too :D
[USRF]Obiwan 25th November 2008, 08:48 Quote
Who needs stinking DDR3 ram :D
cpemma 25th November 2008, 20:17 Quote
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In terms of the "2oz" copper adverts from Gigabyte showing a clearly chunkier PCB, this just doesn't seem to be the case as we compared it to other six-layer PCBs we had in the lab.
To get some perspective here, "2oz copper" is just 0.07mm thick, a bit thinner than 60g paper. Much improved current handling for sure, but don't expect to spot the difference from the 0.035mm usual stuff visually where most of the board thickness is poxy resin, not copper. ;)
GigaMan 26th November 2008, 17:05 Quote
Hello,
Actually the GA-EP45-UD3R is a 4 layer PCB motherboard, not 6 layers like the GA-EP45-DQ6.
:p
HenrikW 26th November 2008, 21:57 Quote
Oh why oh why did I buy a 780i mobo and SLI, when I could have had this cheap OC beast and some cheap x-fire :) Seems like a really good board, especially at that price.
Bindibadgi 26th November 2008, 23:01 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by GigaMan
Hello,
Actually the GA-EP45-UD3R is a 4 layer PCB motherboard, not 6 layers like the GA-EP45-DQ6.
:p
Quote:
Originally Posted by cpemma
To get some perspective here, "2oz copper" is just 0.07mm thick, a bit thinner than 60g paper. Much improved current handling for sure, but don't expect to spot the difference from the 0.035mm usual stuff visually where most of the board thickness is poxy resin, not copper. ;)

Thank You! I've made an addendum to the article.
Kitamura Computers 16th January 2009, 20:13 Quote
I've been selling Gigabyte motherboards for about 3 years now, i've had a GA-8S648FX for the past 4-5 years, and it has never let me down, until it sadly died on me, but i've had 5 years out of it, and it had been used in a variety of environments.

I just upgraded to an EP45-UD3R, and coupled it with a Pentium Dual Core E5200, Gigabyte Radeon HD4650, 1GB of Geil DDR2 PC2-6400 RAM, and a Hitachi SATA 1TB hard drive, and the system is wonderful. Using the EasyTune app, i can get the CPU up to 3.15GHz, easily, and very stably. I love Gigabyte, i really do, all other brands have let me down in the past. With Gigabyte, you pay for quality. The packaging itself just shows you how much effort they put in to their quality, no other brand comes close. I've seen over the years the vast improvement in GB's packaging and products, and to me, they're market leader. Call me a Gigabyte fanboy, but i display my Gigabyte banner in my shop with utter pride.
thehippoz 17th January 2009, 18:20 Quote
looks good
angelicvoices 5th April 2009, 01:33 Quote
Can someone who owns this board please comment on the packaging. My box came totally unsealed and the board itself was in an unsealed bag.. well sealed with a piece of tape, but nothing that would ensure this was actually a new item. Is this normal?
Bindibadgi 5th April 2009, 10:53 Quote
Did all the extra's in the box shown in the review come with it? In sealed bags?

If so, that's normal.
Jrik 27th May 2009, 09:15 Quote
This board looks good but as I've had a GA EP45-DS3L which I had to RMA, after looking at forums, it seemed a lot of people had trouble running 2/2+ sticks of RAM in dual channel mode, could anyone comment on this?
prakashpaul 14th August 2009, 11:30 Quote
Great Article... Convinced me to go for this board..
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