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    Yeah I thought that was the case. Then that ram should fit. So far yet to find better. Thats crazy about P55, why the hell would anyone do that? maybe there tech Support department is Quiet?
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    Default Re: New Build GA-EP45-DS3 + Q9550

    Ya, you only use the slot closets to the CPU on X58 if you are using all 6 slots.

    Right, crazy why they did that! If it is quiet now, it wont be for long! That is a support nightmare really, I may have to make a sticky just to explain to our helpers here and other users.

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    Yeah I'll say, Sticky that for sure. IDK LSD its gunna be hard to pass this Corsair RAM and I dont think I could better the corsair HX850 PSU.

    You know one good thing about this broken collar bone was that I got my Q9550 Satisfactuarly overclocked. hehe Cant wait for the I7 Setup. UD5 is looking real good. I have read a stack of reviews and it all looks good.
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    Looks like I may have decided on my next budget concious upgrade. I have a 30GB Vertex coming for a Christmas present, but as long as my financial situation improves I'm going for a Gigabyte P55A-UD4 along with a i5 750. They're 149.00 at Scan. That's plenty of power for me for a long time to come.

    Hyper Threading is pretty useless to me as I use nothing even remotely touching the 8 core mark. Even DX11's multi core feature works infinitely better (apparently) with physical cores, so I'm good there too. If one gets good performance now on 2 cores, then I'm sure that with DX11 the difference between 4 cores and 4 cores +4 "pretend" cores will be very little.

    When getting your UD5, I'd aim to get the X58A version if you can and unless the non A version is much cheaper (may be to get rid). Always nice to have the current revision of anything mobo related. You also get USB 3.0 which will be very handy and allow a much better use of external drives if not wanting to go eSATA. The other two features are less useful. There is only currently one SATA 6G HDD, it's a spinner, and the only boost is in burst rate. Add that to the fact that a dedicated SATA 6G with RAID is a better option. Until Intel's ICH11 is being bundled with boards I have my suspicions about the 6G interfaces being 100% kosher. I think some boards actually use too small a PCIe link for the top transfer speed of 6Gbps any way. Whether Gigabyte is included in this I don't know.

    The 3x the power over USB feature is the most unremarkable feature and actually a but "LOL" in my opinion. A good excuse to use the three three's advertising thing.
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    Yes The more I think about it the more I wouldnt mind having 333. If I was going to do that I may as well just get the EX58A-UD7 that comes with all the bells and whissles

    ANy idea when the other A's are suppose to be coming out. I have no listing for them anywere in AUS
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    They increased the USB Power for USB 3.0 and to help deal with Eye-Finety (SP?)

    Other X58A's? Be patient if you are already waiting to buy a board

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    Oh ok, well there you go.
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    I still think it's a bot of a far fetched feature though to have it be part of a key advertising gimik. The amount of people with three monitors, including one that can do Display Port is very slim indeed. I can't see EyeFinity taking off. Matrox have had Triple-Head-to -Go for years and it hasn't been used by gamers, just stock traders if that...

    What does make a difference is the Smart Quickboot. That is a feature worth having. The rest of the "Smart 6" though, like 3x USB power, is for 99.9% of people useless. Smart 1 would have been fine and a couple of dollars of the board cost with the money they wouldn't have wasted on useless faff like storing passwords etc. Who the hell is going to use that, and loost the enctypted info if the board gives out?...

    I'm not ranting, just a bit "full up" from all the empty candy all manufacturers are including on their boards. The big bug bear is you find the perfectly featured board for you, with none of the superfluous crap and then find out it only has a 8x and a 4x PCIe lanes. This forces you to go a model higher and pay for all sorts of other stuff you don't want.
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    Yes I agree with you mate. Its not something I really see benifiting me in the direct future but no doubt it will be a big part of the not too distant future. I remember when I was thinking camera phones were a waste of time and a gimmick. Well, its not so bad when you have a 5mp camera with you everywere you go is it. Quite handy. Anyway, im sure in time all these new features will be common place. Im just thinking, cause this will be the last build Ill be doing for maybe a couple of years. So I want to get it right. Not saying there wont be maybe a GPU upgrade down the track but yeah. I have been playing arma 2 a bit today and very pleased. I finally got past an objective and learnt a bunch of new stuff that I didnt even know you could do. Seems to be a few frames up on the last time I played it wit like 9.7 and a couple of patches ago but still get very painful sometimes. I guess it is very detailed. Seriously considering a HD5870 or something. IDK. with the board I really like the EX58-UD5. We'll see how long it takes till these other A boards come out, and really for like a nother 79 bucks I could get the A-UD7 so ahhh its all so hard. See how much the other A's are. May just wait till after chirstmas for A) see how much cash I have left after our trip, and B) hopefully stuff might be cheaper? lol or out at least. Anyway back to ArmA, Ive got a terrorist to find.
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    Not slagging any of the board manufacturers off, I suppose they have to come up with this stuff to make things lok fresh. It's like Tweaktown only using 5800 series in all future Catalyst tests. I understand where they're coming from with regards to wanting to test the cutting edge. Problem is hardly anyone has a 5800 series. In fact, if someone were to give me 350 right now, I couldn't even get one because the damn things are never in stock. Scan had a shipment on Wednesday... 20 of each the 5870 and 5850. They went up on the site, I clicked refresh and they'd all gone (due to queue'd orders). It's insane. Certainly not buying a 5770 as my CF 4850's beat it out for FPS...

    What we need is something like what Intel do on their CPU's. Some steppings of the E7xxx and E8xxx are the exact same CPU just cut down. Mobo manufacturers could offer "Custom boards". You go to the shop, choose say 10 features and the board is flashed to unlock them. This could be seperate from the BIOS which could still be updated. Encrypt the data with 128/256 bit and you should have a hack proof system. That way you could get for example a P55 with two 8x PCIE lanes and none of the stuff you don't want. I'd just have one with 8x/8x and a single 4x on a seperate controller, no JMicron crap, just Quickboot, no other useless (for me) features. A bit pie in sthe sky, but one can dream I suppose. They'd have to bring out a single seperate board for ultra high end, but for the custom boards, that include hardware some may have disabled, economies of scale will out strip having a set hardware standard on them.

    Thing is with Eyefinity, unlike the example you mention, which is an evolution of technology, no matter the tech evolution (like standard Display Port etc) Eyefinity will always require you to spend three times as much on VDU's as you need three monitors. I've used the Matrox Triple head tech before and it is good, don't get me wrong. In particular, driving games and flight sims, plus more casual stuff like Tom Clancy Hawks work really well on it. For FPS's it's ok, things like Counter strike etc, though I was sure that field of view is locked to prevent cheating (not 100% on that).

    It's always tough choosing between stuff. It sounds like you justify it to yourself the same way I do. I think "It's only 30 more" etc. Problem is that do a few things like that and it can end up bringing you over budget by a couple of hundred. I'd say that unless boards with ICH11R are out when you buy, get the UD5. It's a great board and will clock about the same as the UD7, I'm sure. I say ICH11 will be important because at the minute most SATA 6G controllers are crippled. Dunno about the UD7 but the Asus boards with the SATA 6G feature don't even have them hardwired to enough PCIE lanes to get full bandwidth. I don't think any of them support RAID either, but I could be wrong.

    Intel ICH is basically "fake RAID", ie not true hardware RAID, but ICH10R is brilliant, and I'm sure if 11 has SATA 6G it will be well implemented. Other than that it would be well worth going for a seperate PCIe 8x RAID card with true Hardware RAID and an on board processor. Intel have done well minimising CPU use on its ICH's but a RAID card will use no CPU time (maybe it'll cause a flick from 1% to 0% every so often).
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