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    Default need a 2 month gigabyte replacement motherboard

    Hello all, I have been having problems with my GA-EP45-UD3R since I got it. I believe I isolated the problem to either a faulty Southbridge chip or bad sata ports. All drives are giving me slow downs in windows 7 and causing the performance to plumment due to system hardware interrupts.

    So I am going to bite the bullet and send it to gigabyte for an RMA. Now I need a replacement motherboard that is feature rich, great performer like the UD3R is, and cheap. I would like a gigabyte board, as I am very used to the board layout, bios layout, etc. I plan on keeping the replacement for my main computer, that is if gigabyte does not repair my ud3r. But I am open to other brands as well. I plan on overclocking and running with 4x2GB of memory, so all ram slots will be filled and I will need board that can handle that strain.

    thanks
    processor : i5-2500k (stock)
    motherboard : P67-UD4-B3 rev.1.1 Bios : F4
    Memory : 2x4GB Gskill RipjawsX F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM
    Graphics card : gigabyte 6950 2GB (stock)
    Power Supply : Corsair 750HX
    Operating System : Windows 7 Pro x64
    HDD : 1x WD Caviar Black 1TB HDD WD1001FALS
    SSD : Intel X25-V 40GB

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    Default Re: need a 2 month gigabyte replacement motherboard

    Why 2 month replacement? Where do you live?

    If you are in the US RMA only takes 2 weeks, 3 at most.

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    Default Re: need a 2 month gigabyte replacement motherboard

    Hello Lsdmeasap, Have not been around for a long time, nice to see you still around :)

    I read on gigabyte rma site and it said turnaround was 4-6 weeks. I thought I would need to use another motherboard for at least a few months :)

    But I do not mind keeping the other board, I plan on buying a q9550 to replace my q6600 chip and use the q6600 as a backup/file server computer.
    As I need a computer everyday for work, I need a motherboard when I send my other to gigabyte.
    I did find GA-P45-UD3L on amazon, looks like the UD3R. I will have to do a search on what the differences is.

    thanks for the reply
    processor : i5-2500k (stock)
    motherboard : P67-UD4-B3 rev.1.1 Bios : F4
    Memory : 2x4GB Gskill RipjawsX F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM
    Graphics card : gigabyte 6950 2GB (stock)
    Power Supply : Corsair 750HX
    Operating System : Windows 7 Pro x64
    HDD : 1x WD Caviar Black 1TB HDD WD1001FALS
    SSD : Intel X25-V 40GB

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    Default Re: need a 2 month gigabyte replacement motherboard

    oh and I have a question about the southbridge.

    I use around 6 USB objects attached to the motherboard, a sata dvdrw, a sata intel SSD, and 3 sata 1TB hard drives. Should I leave the ICH voltages on default, or increase them a little? Right now I am at stock settings for cpu, memory and everything else.

    thanks again
    processor : i5-2500k (stock)
    motherboard : P67-UD4-B3 rev.1.1 Bios : F4
    Memory : 2x4GB Gskill RipjawsX F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM
    Graphics card : gigabyte 6950 2GB (stock)
    Power Supply : Corsair 750HX
    Operating System : Windows 7 Pro x64
    HDD : 1x WD Caviar Black 1TB HDD WD1001FALS
    SSD : Intel X25-V 40GB

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    Default Re: need a 2 month gigabyte replacement motherboard

    Ahh well if you are in the US it normally only takes 2-3 weeks, sometimes quicker.

    UD3L is just a cheap version of UD3R so it probably would fit your intended use just fine (No RAID though if you needed that).

    Here's a rundown on the Naming scheme:

    * GA: Gigabyte

    * E: Energy saving technology
    * P45: Chipset

    * D: Ultra Durable 2 (low rds mosfet, ferrite core chokes, all solid capacitors)

    * UD3 Ultra Durable 3 (2oz Copper in PCB, low rds mosfet, ferrite core chokes, all solid capacitors)

    * L: Lite "lite" or entry level. For example, the DS3L has only 3-phase power or another example Only one PCIe x16

    * R: RAID The R version(s) have RAID, & are "mainstream" level

    * S3 Stands for Speed-Smart-Safe

    * S4: Adds silent pipe cooling

    * S5: Includes smart backup (Including all of S4's features)

    * P: Includes TPM. The P version(s)are "pro" or high level, with more ports etc (P45 DS3R, DS4P, DS5, DQ6 have TPM support)

    * Q: Gigabyte Flagship product with all features included



    For your SB, a small increase may help with stability but Auto should be ok as well.

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    Default Re: need a 2 month gigabyte replacement motherboard

    yes I am in the US, I will be picking up the motherboard and sending in the other board asap.

    Thanks for the info on the differences on the boards ;)
    processor : i5-2500k (stock)
    motherboard : P67-UD4-B3 rev.1.1 Bios : F4
    Memory : 2x4GB Gskill RipjawsX F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM
    Graphics card : gigabyte 6950 2GB (stock)
    Power Supply : Corsair 750HX
    Operating System : Windows 7 Pro x64
    HDD : 1x WD Caviar Black 1TB HDD WD1001FALS
    SSD : Intel X25-V 40GB

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    Default Re: need a 2 month gigabyte replacement motherboard

    They should get you a board back fairly quickly then since you live in the US.

    If you need anymore help with board selection let me know. You could probably find a used P35 or P45 on ebay for a decent price, that may be a better option since it will just be a spare

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    Default Re: need a 2 month gigabyte replacement motherboard

    Quote Originally Posted by Lsdmeasap View Post
    They should get you a board back fairly quickly then since you live in the US.

    If you need anymore help with board selection let me know. You could probably find a used P35 or P45 on ebay for a decent price, that may be a better option since it will just be a spare
    thanks Lsdmeasap.

    I will just stick with the p45-ud3l version and wait and see how the rma goes. I really am not interested in a raid atm and I just need something for overclocking and advanced bios config, so hopefully the ud3l will suffice if i am not able to get the ud3r fixed.

    Also one more question about the ICH voltage, when overclocking, should auto be used or should I set it manually? thanks
    processor : i5-2500k (stock)
    motherboard : P67-UD4-B3 rev.1.1 Bios : F4
    Memory : 2x4GB Gskill RipjawsX F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM
    Graphics card : gigabyte 6950 2GB (stock)
    Power Supply : Corsair 750HX
    Operating System : Windows 7 Pro x64
    HDD : 1x WD Caviar Black 1TB HDD WD1001FALS
    SSD : Intel X25-V 40GB

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    Default Re: need a 2 month gigabyte replacement motherboard

    The UD3L is great board but might lack the power to OC a quad.

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    Default Re: need a 2 month gigabyte replacement motherboard

    hello chike

    I am looking for a small OC for my Q6600 as of right now, somewhere between 2.8Ghz - 3.2Ghz. My Q6600 has the highest vid and does not OC very well without a lot of voltage, so I am thinking around 3.0Ghz will suffice.
    Will the UD3L be able to handle the OC well? or should I buy a different board? I really would like a gigabyte board, I enjoy their products, but the really good 775 boards are hard to come by these days. I can check ebay, but I would like something with a manufacture warranty in case something bad happens.
    processor : i5-2500k (stock)
    motherboard : P67-UD4-B3 rev.1.1 Bios : F4
    Memory : 2x4GB Gskill RipjawsX F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM
    Graphics card : gigabyte 6950 2GB (stock)
    Power Supply : Corsair 750HX
    Operating System : Windows 7 Pro x64
    HDD : 1x WD Caviar Black 1TB HDD WD1001FALS
    SSD : Intel X25-V 40GB

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