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Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3 vs Gigabyte GA-EP35-DS3R
11/8/08 6:42:37 PM
Would there be any advantage spending $30 extra to use a Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3 ($179) instead of a Gigabyte GA-EP35-DS3R ($149) with 4gb generic ram, a generic 4850, and a q6600 (slightly overclocked)???


11/8/08 9:03:38 PM

Short answer: No.

Long answer: Let someone like TheFrunj or Fat_Bodybuilder help you out, but there are others.

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11/8/08 10:50:38 PM

You *might* be able to overclock a little more with the P45 chipset.

But only a little, if at all I would say.

Given you say "slightly overclocked", I get the impression you're not going to be really pushing things, in which case I'd get the EP35-DS3R.

(Even if I was going to really push things, I think I'd still get the chaper board because I don't think the P45 chipset would give me anythign extra worth spending money on.)

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12/8/08 12:30:26 AM

i say get the ep45 cos 45 sounds cooler and yeah lol

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2/9/08 2:42:48 PM

What do you call "slightly overclocked?"

E5200 (4ghz/1.384v), 4GB Patriot DDR2-800 4-4-4-12, Giga EP35-DS3R 2.1, EVGA 8800GT KO (675/975mhz)
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2/9/08 5:32:30 PM

Why bring back a relatively old thread?

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5/9/08 8:28:40 PM

Honestly the fact that you can actually find a P35 board is quite astounding, they are outdated and were stopped being sold quite a while ago.

But in all honesty, as C0nc0n said, there's no "real" benefit, because all the hardware is supported, and since you're only running a slight overclock, the difference in the chipsets aren't going to make a difference.

In saying that, though, I would still recommend the P45 board, as since it's the current board in the market it would be getting better support in terms of drivers, BIOSs.

Also note that the P35 uses a PCI E 1.1 slot whereas the P45 board uses a PCI E 2.0 slot -- along with that, your graphics card uses a PCI E 2.0 interface. Now, technically this doesn't matter, because the only difference is that the bandwidth is essentially doubled from PCI E 1.1 to 2.0, and an HD 4850 would not come close to using the bandwidth of a PCI E 1.1 slot. This does mean, however, that your upgradabilty options are higher in the future, and if you did ever get a new graphics card, it wouldn't be held back by the lack of bandwidth.

The P45 board will have a longer life span in terms of longevity, however there are minimal differences that are not going to have an effect on the here and now. So if you are on a budget, the P35 board won't be a bad choice at all :-)



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9/9/08 6:34:29 PM

the p45 isnt a bad board. i bought mine cause it was the cheapest 45 around at the time. youll have to get yourself bios version F6 or greater in order for your 4850 to work.
the energy saving thing is just a gimmick. worthless.
another thing my q6600 seems to have a hard time getting stable @ 3.4ghz and above.

Q6600 GO @3.1ghz with Xigmatek HDTS983
Gigabyte EP45 DS3,
2gb HyperX,
4850 with Accelero Cooling @ 700/1110,
Sonata Plus w/550w psu,
LG w2242t.

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