I have a question about mobo reviews in general though. You've done a few with the same CPU right? Would it be possible to add in the results for the other mobo's into the graphs where appropriate? So we could do a comparison between mobo's at stock speeds say. I realize your top OC speed will vary.
The whole idea being a comparison at equal settings. i.e. is that x48 board you tested any faster than the last 2 P45 boards you've done, and how do the P45 boards compare to each other?
I'm not suggesting you benchmark the old boards again, but simply put their results in the graphs as well, at least for the CPU related tests. With GPU drivers changing all the time, it would be unfair to compare say 8.7's vs. 8.10's.
I know even Biostar lost the blue PCB and went with black for their TPower series. I'm sure Gigabyte could do the same. I agree stick with 1-2 colousr. Maybe ditch the light orange and keep the light blue and red.
A little disappointing about the voltage drop, even with just a dual-core. You'd think a 6-phase power setup would be up to the task. Did you happen to notice whether the PWM's were getting abnormally hot under OCCT? They've got no heatsink, so maybe those voltage fluctuations were temperature related? Or maybe those R50 inductors were to blame - mobo makers have been moving to the R80's on their latest boards, I've noticed.
Crazy question: Am I looking at two FDD connectors? One right next to the 24-pin ATX connector, and another just south of the bottom PCI slot? I think I'm probably just having a brain fart, but I can't for the life of me think what other kind of connector the bottom socket might be.
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