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Old March 5, 2009, 07:56 PM
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They are almost identical boards.
If you really want me to throw my name in the hat, I'd say ASUS.

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Old March 5, 2009, 09:05 PM
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From what I know now, the ASUS has half of its VRMs heatsinked, while the Gigabyte has all of them heatsinked. 8 USB ports on the Gigabyte, versus 6 on the ASUS.

Any difference on the Realtek chipsets that they have? And would the fact that only half of the VRM's being sinkked have any bearing on overclocking ability?
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Old March 5, 2009, 09:39 PM
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What about the UD3R? Is that the same as the UD3P except with one less PCI-E?
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Old March 5, 2009, 09:52 PM
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I recommend the Asus P5Q-E.
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It's a BIT outside my budget, I'm trying to stay under $160
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Old March 5, 2009, 10:34 PM
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Well I can say that the Gigabyte EP45-UD3P that I have runs about 4-5 degrees cooler (mobo temp) than my asus that I had before this. And that was with all the same hardware and case the only difference has been the motherboard. Now the Asus board I had was a different chipset, but this is just what I have noticed.

But that said I was almost flipping a coin between the Gigabyte I got and the Asus P5Q Pro. I looked through a huge number of posts and theads on many different forums and looked at reviews all over the place. The one thing I can say for sure after reader it all is that I doubt you would be dissappointed with either of them. They are both really good boards.

That said I went with the Gigabyte because I had an Asus and it wasn't treating me the best so I decided to switch.

So either way I would pick one of these:
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Old March 6, 2009, 12:40 AM
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Interesting, 'cause the EP45-UD3R has exactly the same NB and SB cooling but it has 1x PCI-E instead of 2, and no dual gigabit. Neither of which I need.
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For those who have the Gigabyte boards.... how does the saved profile function work? I really like the ability to save OC profiles to a flash drive on the ASUS as that give unlimited profiles.

Other than that.... I don't think you'd go wrong with either one. If it were me, I'd probably let my wallet decide between the two when the time came.
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Old March 6, 2009, 06:52 AM
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Interesting, 'cause the EP45-UD3R has exactly the same NB and SB cooling but it has 1x PCI-E instead of 2, and no dual gigabit. Neither of which I need.
That is true, from everything I could tell they are basically the same board, so yes if you do not need those features then by all means same a little bit and get the UD3R. I needed the 2 PCI-E slots so that is why I got the UD3P.

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For those who have the Gigabyte boards.... how does the saved profile function work? I really like the ability to save OC profiles to a flash drive on the ASUS as that give unlimited profiles.

Other than that.... I don't think you'd go wrong with either one. If it were me, I'd probably let my wallet decide between the two when the time came.

That is where I have to give Asus the edge. I also really liked that feature on my Asus board and this Gigabyte board does not have that option.

Now that said it does have two physically separate bioses, so if one becomes corrupt, etc. then it will boot from the good back up bios.
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Now that said it does have two physically separate bioses, so if one becomes corrupt, etc. then it will boot from the good back up bios.
That is referring to the UD3R?
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