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    Default GA-P67A-UD3 Question

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    Newegg.com - Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
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    Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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    Newegg.com - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ


    This is the new system I am looking to buy but when browsing "comments" I notice a lot of people talking about a poor vdroop causing problems when overclocking.
    Has this been fixed yet? I love the board and it has just enough SATA slots and a great price but that is one heck of a issue to get around.

    Another question is will running a SATA3 SSD cause my GPU to downclock with this board? The older p55/p45 boards would cause this issue as it took the bandwidth from the PCI-e slots.

    Thank you kindly.
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    Default Re: GA-P67A-UD3 Question

    Page 41 in the mobo user manual shows that you have the option to enable Load-Line Calibration, so this should help reduce vdroop if needed.

    Newegg customer reviews are often questionable at best.
    Many reviews are from buyers with dubious tech experience, even though they claim to have a lot of tech experience.

    A much better source for motherboard overclocking abilities and possible problems is to read in-depth reviews from top rated sites. Some very experienced members in some of the better web forums perform in-depth motherboard analysis and evaluation and they are quick to point out the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to features, performance and other issues.

    Be sure to check with the memory manufacturer to ensure that your memory selection is compatible (and optimal) for your motherboard.

    Let us know what you finally decide to buy and we can help you set up your new system.
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    Default Re: GA-P67A-UD3 Question

    Thank you for your reply. My past 8 boards have been Gigabyte I just wanted to verify to make triple sure. Overclocking is very important so if it WAS true it would require more to do less which wouldn't have helped.

    Thank you very much. for your help.
    Last edited by Twist86; 01-29-2011 at 09:22 PM.

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    Default Re: GA-P67A-UD3 Question

    I forgot to ask one more question. When using the SATA3 aka the 6gpbs lanes will it limit the graphics card or the SATA2 bandwidth?
    With the old P45/P55 boards that claimed to have "SATA3" what it was doing was taking bandwidth from the PCI-e and in some cases the board would limit the GPU from x16 to x8 on single GPU boards.

    Sadly with Sandy Bridge being so new there is still some mystery on the boards.

    *edit*
    However I am guessing because of the x4 slot that it should effect my board but it never hurts to be 100% positive.

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    Default Re: GA-P67A-UD3 Question

    If there was such limitation I belive there were a note about it as other limitations have.
    The SATA3 is on the P67 chipset itself.
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    Default Re: GA-P67A-UD3 Question

    Thank you Chike for your help. One final question and I am off to market on Monday. On the BIOS update page for the board it says use @Bios....on my current gigabyte board I was told never to use @Bios as it bricks boards almost religiously. Is this still true? If so do I just do a normal usb/cd-rom bios update? I plan to update to F5 when I get my board just for any possible support updates.

    The other question is how is the voltage on this board? With some of the ASUS models they stop you from changing voltage but allow you to set off-voltages. I don't really care about saving the Earth through my computer. I like to set my voltages and have a 100% stable overclocked system. Is this going to be a issue?

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    Default Re: GA-P67A-UD3 Question

    From page 10 in the mobo user manual:
    Expansion Slots
    1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16 (PCIEX16)
    • * For optimum performance, if only one PCI Express graphics card is to be installed, be sure to install it in the PCIEX16 slot.

    1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x4 (PCIEX4)
    • * The PCIe x1 slots share bandwidth with the PCIEX4 slot. When one of the PCIe x1 slots is populated, the PCIEX4 slot will operate at up to x1 mode.

    3 x PCI Express x1 slots
    • (All PCI Express slots conform to PCI Express 2.0 standard.)

    2 x PCI slots
    Multi-Graphics Technology
    Support for ATI CrossFireX™ technologyŠŠ
    • * The PCIEX16 slot operates at up to x4 mode when ATI CrossFireX™ is enabled
    From the GB overview product page:
    Note: Turbo USB 3.0 utilizes 8 PCIe VGA lanes, so it is only possible to enable it with a single graphics card running at PCIe x8 on P67 chipset motherboards, or while using Intel® HD Graphics from the CPU (i.e. no VGA card) on H67 chipset motherboards. It is an option for high bandwidth users.
    These restrictions seem to apply to lower cost P67 motherboards.
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    Default Re: GA-P67A-UD3 Question

    Quote Originally Posted by Twist86 View Post
    On the BIOS update page for the board it says use @Bios....on my current gigabyte board I was told never to use @Bios as it bricks boards almost religiously. Is this still true? If so do I just do a normal usb/cd-rom bios update? I plan to update to F5 when I get my board just for any possible support updates.
    It says "* Please use the latest @BIOS or FLASHSPI.EXE to reflash BIOS".
    I have used @BIOS twice without bricking my board. Many P67/H67 boards users used it as it is the easier option.
    Maybe @BIOS lost it's faith?
    It is always a good idea to set the system to "safe" (not fail-safe) settings before flashing whichever software you use.

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    Default Re: GA-P67A-UD3 Question

    It's just the shipped BIOS/Qflash doesn't work with the newer BIOSes that are coming out now, so Qflash must be updated or bypassed, that is why It's suggested to use @BIOS or DOS for the first P67 flash.

    After that you can use Qflash as you normally would, and should.

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