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Windows 7: Gigabye MOBO advice

03 Jul 2010   #1

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Gigabye MOBO advice

Hello everyone.

I just got my new MOBO up and running and was hoping someone with experience with Gigabyte boards could give a bit of advice.

I picked up the Gigabyte UP45-UD3L as a replacement (P45 ICH10) , and I like it but also somewhat disappointed with it.

For example, with my old DFI board to do a 1600FSB OC was quite simple and effective, with only 3 changes.
FSB/DRAM = 333/800 FSB = 400 Adv Memory settings= More Aggresive

This left all voltages at stock with a 3.6Ghz OC, and RAM at 960 giving 8300Mb/S and stable.

This board involes a few more settings, many of which are foriegn to me (but figuring it out), and with basically the same settings it can only do 7500Mb/S on the RAM ..

Im obviously missing a setting somewhere. Any ideas?

The second point I would like to ask about, is about CPU voltage.
When its at all stock it lowers the multi and CPU voltage.

When OCd it will only lower the CPU multi. CPU Vcore stays the same, regardless of C1E & EIST being enabled. it shows this same behavior with auto vcore or manually set. (its set manual atm because the board want to set Vcore at 1.31 for 400 FSB for some reason when its fine at 1.24)

Is this normal for Gigabyte boards or do I need to change something else?

My old DFI still throttled it all even OC'd with no settings required beyond making sure they were enabled. (at least until it it started to die)

On the bright side, my SSD scores jumped by 10 points, and thats using MS drivers overall the board isnt bad, especially considering it was a $90USD board.
So far seems to perform quite well.

I think I just need to get used to the bios as they are quite different.

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04 Jul 2010   #2
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1

Hello Wishmaster, I haven't answered as I have an Asus board, but you'd probably get the answers you see if you posted in the Overclock and Case Mod forum. A Guy
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04 Jul 2010   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit


I seem to be getting it worked out. Its just totally different from Im used to. So far its rock solid stable so I can't complain much
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04 Jul 2010   #4
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1

Yes, Gigabyte makes excellent boards. It was a choice between them and Asus for me. A Guy
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04 Jul 2010   #5

Windows 10 Pro

Hi Wishmaster,

I see you went ahead and replaced your board. Sorry to hear about the curveballs; hopefully you can get them straightened out. As I stated in your other thread you could give these guys a try.... GIGABYTE.

While they know their boards they’re not as responsive as this forum with regards to answering questions, however you should get an answer within the day.

I will say that they were very helpful in helping me set up my Gigabyte board, I too found the BIOS overwhelming at first, but a bit of reading and questions there helped me out.

Give them a try, or at least do a search for your board there to see what people say.

Good luck.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by A Guy View Post
Yes, Gigabyte makes excellent boards. It was a choice between them and Asus for me. A Guy
After moving away from Intel (didn't like their X58 offering) I also narrowed my choices between Asus and Gigabyte.... Gigabyte won
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05 Jul 2010   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Think I figured it out. I dont know if its typical of all gigabyte boards, but i found if CPU Voltage is at normal it throttles Vcore no problem. If set manually or Auto (and it adjusts above normal) it disables the Vcore throttling.

Wasn't really a big deal, was just wondering why it done this.

As for the RAM bandwidth, The board was just being quite relaxed with the settings was all.
I found the adv settings (which by the way are all named differently than Im used to) and got that straightened out as well.

Im actually in the process of deciding on hardware for a i7 machine before long and have pretty well narrowed down to a ASUS or Gigabyte board as well
Im guessing in the next 4 weeks or so.

Anyone know anything about this ASUS board? - ASUS Rampage II GENE LGA 1366 Intel X58 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Looks like the bigger version only its a micro board and $150 cheaper. Not sure I want a Micro but it doesnt look too bad.

Was also looking into this Gigabyte board: - GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD5 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

I'll have a bit to learn I guess about Ocing i7s
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05 Jul 2010   #7

Windows 10 Pro

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wishmaster View Post
Was also looking into this Gigabyte board: - GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD5 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

I'll have a bit to learn I guess about Ocing i7s
If you looked at my system specs, you'd see that I have an i7 system with the GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD5.

I have absolutely no probelms with the board. And once you get use to the BIOS, you'll see it's fairly easy to tweak. I also had a post here as well... Experience with Gigabyte motherboards?

Right now my i7-930 is OC to 3.52Gig. Again, look at my system specs.
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05 Jul 2010   #8

W7 Ulti/64, XP Pro/32

X-58, goodbye FSB and hello QPI.

Your ram choice will be important, ram MHz and cpu MHz are linked by ratio. Changing one alters the other.
ex: I use 1333MHz spec'ed ram, in order to get my cpu to 3.8MHz, the ram had to be pushed to 1472MHz. When I had the cpu at stock, 2.6MHz the ram was only at 1066MHz.

The uncore is important as well, I found OC'ing ez with my board. I highly recomend the Gigabyte mobo i use. You know way more than me but I was able to get good numbers with current set up.

I disabled HT to get to this point, increases rams Mb/s by 5000. Please note NBMHz and QPIMHz, this what the uncore can adjust.


ps: Where in S Ohio? I'm from Dayton area. Grad of Wright State Univ.

pss: use 1600 or 2000MHz ram if you want to OC cpu to 4GHz or higher.

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