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Thread: GA-EP45T-DS3R: What DDR3 RAM are you using?

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    Default GA-EP45T-DS3R: What DDR3 RAM are you using?

    Hello All,

    I have a Gigabyte GA-EP45T-DS3R motherboard waiting to be used. I have all the parts that I need for this motherboard except for the RAM.

    I've read a few threads over on the OCZ forum and also TomsHardware regarding instability problems with various 4GB kits (2x2GB). From what I can gather, the higher the memory speed, the greater the likelihood of instability. I am also aware that this seems to be an issue with the P45 chipset; granted it was only qualified for 1066MHz RAM. I am wondering if anyone is using OCZ Technology OCZ3P13334GK DDR3 RAM on this board without any issues.

    Please note that this board was a 'hand-me-down', so I didn't really have a choice on which model board I was getting.

    I'd prefer not to have to buy another board, but I guess the worse case scenario is for me to source the DDR2 equivalent GA-EP45-DS3R board and stick with my current Corsair Micro TWIN2X4096-8500C5D Dominator RAM.

    Any help or comments would be greatly appreciated.

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    Default Re: GA-EP45T-DS3R: What DDR3 RAM are you using?

    Hello X-Man,
    I am in the process of going through some testing with some Corsair RAM. (see my sig)

    The EP45T-DS3R overclocks the CPU pretty well for it not being a "overclock built" board.

    I had the thing running fairly quickly (450 FSB and 1500 mem @7 7 7 15) running FSX.

    Then I went to some real testing - using OCCT - and bam - the system was not a happy camper.

    However - these test programs (OCCT, Prime95, IBBT etc) take a 30lb sledgehammer and a blowtorch to cpu and ram, whereas Flight simulator is roughly a 7 ounce hammer.

    Keep reading the threads, I have learned a lot here at Tweaktown.
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    Jun 2009

    Default Re: GA-EP45T-DS3R: What DDR3 RAM are you using?

    Hi ghost707,

    Yes I saw your thread actually, and thanks for your reply! :)

    To be honest with you, I think I will spring for a Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P board and stick with my Corsair Micro TWIN2X4096-8500C5D Dominator 2x2GB kit. I'm not in a great hurry to buy this board, though, as I do have a working machine. So will read your thread with interest.

    Also, I'm the sort of person who likes a nice simple overclock (probably a blasphemous thing to say on this forum) and I derive frustration - not joy - from having to tweak stuff just to get it to work. I don't mind tweaking stuff to get free performance, though.



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