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Maverick123w
01-06-10, 01:50 PM
I've pretty much been handed a Phenom x2 550 and 4 gigs of ram for free and have a buyer on craigslist for my current board/chip/ram.

So long as the sale goes through tonight I would just need to buy a board. I was pretty set on getting an Asus board but I saw gigabyte has 2 new boards out with sata 3.0 and USB 3.0 as well. Can't really seem to find any reviews on them.

What do you guys think?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128419

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128416

I realized I don't really need a really high powered machine as I'm just not into spending $300 and up for a video card anymore.

Both boards support acc so if I end up with a free quad cool if not oh well. I'm not really that interested in the xfire abilities of the more expensive board, I just like the sata layout better as well as the motherboard cooling.

Don't know if thats really worth the extra money though.

Thanks

Johnny C
01-06-10, 02:12 PM
I'd get the 790X just to be safe....I've never had good luck with the lower end of the chipset spectrum boards.

Even if you don't use X-fire as least you'll have had the option....with the other board it's plain out the window.

a12ctic
01-06-10, 06:54 PM
I have three computers with the 780G boards and have built several rigs with that chipset. Its been really solid, no problems. I wouldn't worry about quality. AMD has done a pretty good job with its motherboards. They've been much better than nvidia chipsets I've owned in the past.

CaptNKILL
01-06-10, 07:55 PM
Yep, my Asus 780G has been rock solid. Wouldn't hesitate to use another AMD chipset board. The onboard video is also surprisingly powerful.

Shamrock
01-06-10, 10:25 PM
I have the MA790XT-UD4P and it's been good, except for one minor limitation on ram voltage.

Viral
01-07-10, 01:16 AM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128378

That one. In between the both in pricing with pretty much everything the more expensive XTA offers. No point in spending over $115 unless you want an 790FX.

Sorry just noticed the SATA3 and USB3. Unless you plan to keep the board for quite a while not really worth it IMO. They aren't using the best controllers but it's better than nothing, so if you want USB3/SATA3 down the track then the extra money might be worth it I guess.

Maverick123w
01-07-10, 11:51 AM
Realistically I would like to keep this set-up for 2+ years. I'm hoping that AM3 will have longer legs than 1156 and that the 6 core chips are actually a decent upgrade so if I decide to really get back into hardcore pc gaming again I can buy a powerful 6 core.

So thats my main reason for wanting to get a board with sata 3.0. I understand that the controllers won't be as good as the intel/amd ones when they come out, but they will certainly be much faster than just having sata 2. I plan on getting an ssd sometime this year and when sata 3 ones start coming out it would be nice to be able to hop on that train.

As far as core unlocking goes, is it true the x2 550 has a better success rate than the x3 720? It would be neat to get a quad for free. Will remind me of my days with my 9500pro.

Maverick123w
01-08-10, 09:47 PM
Well I decided to go with the normal gigabyte 790xtud4p instead of the sata 3 version since the 890x will be out in a few months and I may be tempted to upgrade to that then anyway.

On a side note the processor I was given which I thought was going to be a x2 550 was actually an x3 720 which I just unlocked to a quad.... nice! Gonna do some stability testing overnight. I'll report back to tommorrow with a status update.

Viral
01-08-10, 10:13 PM
Good to hear about the x3! Best of luck with it being stable as a quad.

Madpistol
01-08-10, 11:38 PM
The Gigabyte boards are very stable and reliable. The second one is a great board. You will not be disappointed. :)

Maverick123w
01-09-10, 01:20 AM
Still going strong. 1 thing though is that I can't get realtemp to monitor the processor temps as it doesn't know what the chip is. Any other good software out there that can tell?

CaptNKILL
01-09-10, 01:48 AM
The OCCT testing program seems to have the most accurate temperature and voltage readings of any program I've used. I don't use any background monitoring programs because its a waste or resources, but OCCT is just about the best piece of software a tweaker\overclocker can download IMO. Not only will it totally annihilate your system if you want to run a serious stress test, it will give you accurate information about how your system is responding to the torture. It also offers some more realistic stress tests for those that don't want to melt their system. :p

Maverick123w
01-09-10, 01:19 PM
I'll get occt today then. Just got on the machine and it's still churning prime so it looks stable as a quad. Lucked out this time.

AthlonXP1800
01-11-10, 04:05 AM
I have three computers with the 780G boards and have built several rigs with that chipset. Its been really solid, no problems. I wouldn't worry about quality. AMD has done a pretty good job with its motherboards. They've been much better than nvidia chipsets I've owned in the past.

I think you should worry about quality, AMD certainly hadnt done good enough job with its motherboards, they not much better than nvidia chipsets. Where are AMD chipsets drivers? They are non-existed while Nvidia released nforce drivers about 2 times every year. USB 2.0 performance on AMD SB750 chipset is weak as SB400 and still running at half speed compared to Nvidia and Intel chipsets USB performance at full speed. AMD need a grip to fix the USB 2.0 performance problem but they still not fixed it since SB400 chipset released.

Wondered how well USB 3.0 will perform on AMD chipset motherboard, I would not be suprised if it still run at half speed than USB 3.0 on Intel chipset motherboard.

Johnny C
01-11-10, 11:54 AM
I'll get occt today then. Just got on the machine and it's still churning prime so it looks stable as a quad. Lucked out this time.

Good deal.

Yeah OCCT has sometimes failed even after 12hrs of prime passed. I feel that OCCT is by far the best tool for overclocking....


I'm sure that you're loving that quad @ 2.8ghz...

Maverick123w
01-11-10, 12:05 PM
Yeah it's nice. Haven't really noticed a difference in performance between this chip @ 2.8 and the i5 750 @4.0.... which is nice. Games play just the same as before which is pretty much what I was expecting with a mid-range card.

Johnny C
01-11-10, 12:17 PM
Yeah it's nice. Haven't really noticed a difference in performance between this chip @ 2.8 and the i5 750 @4.0.... which is nice. Games play just the same as before which is pretty much what I was expecting with a mid-range card.

Yeah the AMD chips are pretty good, as long as you aren't running 3-4 cards...in Quad SLI or Xfire. Gaming is the area where it's most difficult to tell the difference between an AMD Quad and an Intel. I mean @ 102Fps can you tell the difference if you get 10% increase to 112fps?

Goodluck with that CPU. (nana2)

Maverick123w
01-11-10, 01:12 PM
Thanks! Yeah I'm liking the chip so far. I like the motherboard quite a bit as well. I like the layout a little better than my old p55 ud3r board.

I'll be upgrading my video card later this year to something with some more memory so we will see how it performs at that time, but I'm expecting to be just fine.

I'll probably be looking at a 5770 or whatever midrange comes from team green.

Single Player
02-01-10, 09:50 AM
so everyone got GA-MA790XT-UD4P! i'm getting one! 2 Shamrock what's up with the ram voltage?

Shamrock
02-01-10, 10:28 PM
I am using OCZ Reaper RAM (factory clock is 1600Mhz @ 1.9v). The UD4P is reporting it to Windows that my RAM is overclocked, which it isn't. Anything above 1.8v on the UD4P is considered OC, in the BIOS it's red.

SOOO..for Win7 to not BSOD on me for being OC'ed too much, I have to DOWNCLOCK my Ram to 1333Mhz, @ 1.8v for it to be stable.

Not a big deal, but I paid for 1600Mhz ram and I ain't getting it.

psychogmv
02-05-10, 12:05 PM
I had a tough time to make this board stable with my RAM. Basically it is very unstable if you have high voltage DDR3 RAM. My OCZ Platinum crashed my system all the time, but I finally made it stable after overvolting the NB a little bit. From the OCZ forums, these AMD processors and specially this board, deal better with low voltage DDR3 memory. So try to select the ones rated 1.65V or below.