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Old March 16, 2009, 07:48 AM
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So Iíve got my new gaming systems specíd out except the MoBo. Iím going to be putting in a Q9550 and a BFG GTX 295. Iíve heard good things about the 3 moboís below but Iím not 100% sure which one to get. Iíve always got ASUS before but havenít tried a Gigabyte. I wonít be adding a 2nd video card, so Iím thinking the Asus P5Q isnít needed.

So between the first 2 options, which one would you recommend, and can fit the giant GTX 295 easily?

Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3LR $123.73
ASUS P5Q SE ATX LGA775 DDR2 PCI-E16 3PCI SATA GBLAN Motherboard $132.30
ASUS P5Q Pro ATX LGA775 P45 DDR2 2PCI-E16 CrossFire 3PCI-E1 2PCI SATA2 Sound GBLAN eSATA $143.49

Just need recommendations on this last piece before I can pull the trigger. Thanks.
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Old March 16, 2009, 07:53 AM
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Can't srpng for the Giga UD3P?, UD3LR is almsot he same though...guess you know what I recommend...

ASUS and gigabyte formed a partnership...last year?...so you'll find very little differnce between them...stackcool in ASUS, 2oz copper in Gigabyte.

P45 is a troublesome chip...some boards work great, do 700mhz FSB, some barely break 500mhz...in the end, choose the board with the best slot config for your set-up...given that the GTX295 will fit in ANY primary pci-e slot, in any P45 board....
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I doubt you'll find an overwhelming preference either way.

If it were me, I'd base my choice on price.
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Old March 16, 2009, 08:22 AM
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ASUS and gigabyte formed a partnership...last year?...so you'll find very little differnce between them...stackcool in ASUS, 2oz copper in Gigabyte.
From what I know, they didn't formn a artnership unless I totally missed it. If they did, that's some partnership considering both marketing teams spent the majority of last year slagging each other's products.
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I believe there was a possible joint project or partnership on a few products, but the partnership never panned out.
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Old March 16, 2009, 08:28 AM
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You are correct:

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This week during a press conference in Taiwan the joint venture between ASUS and Gigabyte was officially dissolved. Both companies this week announced that the partnership in Gigabyte United was no longer, and while the branding and company would still be there, the two companies would no longer keep the partnership. DailyTech had the opportunity to sit down with Tomas Lee, marketing manager for Gigabyte, and ask a few questions concerning the direction and future of Gigabyte United.
Gigabyte Calls It Quits on ASUS Alliance

http://www.rectron.co.za/News/Channe...2007_April.pdf

Gigabyte & Asus Alliance Q&A - HotHardware


...and even better, this was dissolved in 2007.....I was a bit "preoccupied" with other things then......so I guessed I missed this.
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I was in this exact situation about 2 weeks ago and almost everyone that I asked told me that you won't be disappointed with either board (P5Q Pro versus EP45-UD3P or P5Q versus EP45-UD3R).

They will all overclock just fine, but for what it's worth (I doubt it would hinder any overclocking ability) the Gigabyte boards have ALL MOSFET's cooled, while the P5Q Pro doesn't have all of them cooled (the ones north of the CPU socket are not sinked). And the ASUS had an 8 phase power design, compared to the Gigabyte's 6 phase, not sure if that makes any sort of difference in overclocking capabilities.

WRT the Gigabyte versus ASUS debate, I went for the ASUS simply because I had been using Gigabyte for about two years now and wanted to try ASUS as my next board.
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Old March 16, 2009, 10:57 AM
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I would go with the Gigabyte board solely on the fact RMA'ing with them is far more hassle-free compared to Asus.
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Is it that much more hassle free? I've heard ASUS has pretty decent RMA though.
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ASUS and RMA are mutually exclusive.
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