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    Default GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3LR need help

    Hi ,

    I have tried everywhere to solve my problem so out of luck in google search i found this site.
    I dont know if you can answer my question but please try.

    (My problem)

    My GIGABYTE GA-X48-DS5 Just died yesterday so i took back to the store that i bought it from and unfortunately the only motherboard they have as a replacement is a GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3LR.

    (My question) now as i have a nvidia GTX480 i need to know if it will fit on this motherboard because from the picture of it i see there is a heat sink exactly below the PCI-E x16 slot. I tried to fit it on a similar board (other manufacturer) and the heat sink is a bit tall and it obstructs the GTX480 to fit in the slot.From the picture i cant see how tall it is.
    As i wont have any money for a very long time i cant upgrade to the new INTEL platforms so i will be stuck with a GTX480 just sitting in my closet. So please try to find
    out as i am very dissapointed and deprest .

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    Default Re: GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3LR need help

    I would guess it would not fit.
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    Default Re: GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3LR need help

    Many thanks for the info and the pics

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    Default Re: GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3LR need help

    Have you checked with Gigabyte (Greece) to see if your X48 Motherboard is still under warranty?
    Is it possible to cut a slot in your video card's cover to possibly provide clearance for the southbridge heat sink?
    Do you need any help to troubleshoot your current motherboadrd?

    The attached document spells out the RMA procedure for Gigabyte USA.
    Q9650 @ 4.10GHz [9x456MHz]
    P35-DS4 [rev: 2.0] ~ Bios: F14
    4x2GB OCZ Reaper PC2-8500 1094MHz @5-5-5-15
    MSI N460GTX Hawk Talon Attack (1GB) video card <---- SLI ---->
    Seasonic SS-660XP2 80 Plus Platinum psu (660w)
    WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB (data)
    Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD (boot)
    SLI @ 16/4 works when running HyperSLI
    Cooler Master 120XL Seidon push/pull AIO cpu water cooling
    Cooler Master HAF XB computer case (RC-902XB-KKN1)
    Asus VH242H 24" monitor [1920x1080]
    MSI N460GTX Hawk (1GB) video card
    Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speakers
    win7 x64 sp1 Home Premium
    HT|Omega Claro plus+ sound card
    CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD UPS
    E6300 (R0) @ 3.504GHz [8x438MHz] ~~ P35-DS3L [rev: 1.0] ~ Bios: F9 ~~ 4x2GB Kingston HyperX T1 PC2-8500, 876MHz @4-4-4-10
    Seasonic X650 80+ gold psu (650w) ~~ Xigmatek Balder HDT 1283 cpu cooler ~~ Cooler Master CM 690 case (RC-690-KKN1-GP)
    Samsung 830 128GB SSD MZ-7PC128B/WW (boot) ~~ WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB (data) ~~ ZM-MFC2 fan controller
    HT|Omega Striker 7.1 sound card ~~ Asus VH242H monitor [1920x1080] ~~ Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speakers
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    Default Re: GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3LR need help

    Quote Originally Posted by profJim View Post
    Is it possible to cut a slot in your video card's cover to possibly provide clearance for the southbridge heat sink?
    Maybe replacing the UD3LR southbridge HS with one like my board has.

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    Default Re: GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3LR need help

    A low profile aftermarket SB heatsink (e.g. Enzotech SLF-1) might work, even if some of the cooling fins/pins need to be filed down.
    FWIW, on my mobo, the SB heatsink height is about 13.7 mm above the mobo. This includes the height of the SB chip.
    Some aftermarket SB cooler setups use a vertical cooling fin setup that is located away from the video card.
    Q9650 @ 4.10GHz [9x456MHz]
    P35-DS4 [rev: 2.0] ~ Bios: F14
    4x2GB OCZ Reaper PC2-8500 1094MHz @5-5-5-15
    MSI N460GTX Hawk Talon Attack (1GB) video card <---- SLI ---->
    Seasonic SS-660XP2 80 Plus Platinum psu (660w)
    WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB (data)
    Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD (boot)
    SLI @ 16/4 works when running HyperSLI
    Cooler Master 120XL Seidon push/pull AIO cpu water cooling
    Cooler Master HAF XB computer case (RC-902XB-KKN1)
    Asus VH242H 24" monitor [1920x1080]
    MSI N460GTX Hawk (1GB) video card
    Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speakers
    win7 x64 sp1 Home Premium
    HT|Omega Claro plus+ sound card
    CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD UPS
    E6300 (R0) @ 3.504GHz [8x438MHz] ~~ P35-DS3L [rev: 1.0] ~ Bios: F9 ~~ 4x2GB Kingston HyperX T1 PC2-8500, 876MHz @4-4-4-10
    Seasonic X650 80+ gold psu (650w) ~~ Xigmatek Balder HDT 1283 cpu cooler ~~ Cooler Master CM 690 case (RC-690-KKN1-GP)
    Samsung 830 128GB SSD MZ-7PC128B/WW (boot) ~~ WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB (data) ~~ ZM-MFC2 fan controller
    HT|Omega Striker 7.1 sound card ~~ Asus VH242H monitor [1920x1080] ~~ Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speakers
    win7 x64 sp1 Home Premium ~~ CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD U.P.S
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    Default Re: GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3LR need help

    I agree with the aftermarket heatsink idea!

    But I do have to say a P45-UD3LR isn't anywhere near an even acceptable replacement for GA-X48-DS5, maybe P45-UD6 but even then it's really not worth the same. Replacement should be of equal or greater value cash or performance-wise, not much less, which that board is less on both fronts.

    If I were you I would RMA with Gigabyte directly instead if possible, then you won't get shafted like this store is trying to do to you.

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