Motherboard For E8400

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GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L
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38%
GIGABYTE GA-P35C-DS3R
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6%
GIGABYTE GA-EP35-DS3R
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19%
GIGABYTE GA-EP35C-DS3R
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13%
GIGABYTE GA-EP35-DS3P
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Motherboard For E8400

Postposted on Sun Mar 02, 2008 3:41 pm

need a motherboard for the e8400 that going to be overclocked to 4.0ghz. im looking at gigabyte motherboards and want a motherboard that already have the wolfdale bios. if thats not possible for a gigabyte motherboard, tell me how to update it. open to suggestions.

3/26/08

question. does the ds3l come out of box supported the e8400? and which gigabyte motherboards have rev 2.1 and f2 BIOS out of box by gigabyte at newegg.

choose of of these please:

GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L

GIGABYTE GA-P35C-DS3R

GIGABYTE GA-EP35-DS3R

GIGABYTE GA-EP35C-DS3R

GIGABYTE GA-EP35-DS3P
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Re: Motherboard For E8400

Postposted on Sun Mar 02, 2008 4:09 pm

Take a look at the front page for the TR System Guide to give you an idea of what motherboard you would want your E8400 to call home. If you also want a guide as to how to overclock, you can see here. For gigabyte only motherboards, you can search newegg for specific criteria you want in a motherboard (such as Gigabyte only). I believe the newer chipsets such as the P31/P35/X38/X48 should support Wolfdale out the box.
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Re: Motherboard For E8400

Postposted on Sun Mar 02, 2008 9:18 pm

I would say either a P35 or X38 motherboard will be your best bet. The DFI LanParty DK X38-T2R looks like a great board if you can afford it. Don't look at one specific board company. Gigabyte is great, but so are Asus, DFI, MSI (sometimes), Abit, and many others.
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Re: Motherboard For E8400

Postposted on Mon Mar 03, 2008 3:32 pm

Gigabyte P35 DS3 & its variants is a good choice.
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Re: Motherboard For E8400

Postposted on Wed Mar 05, 2008 11:53 pm

I just ordered the GA-P35-DS4. I can't wait to get it!!! But the E8400 are out of stock. :( I'm just wondering why you want an Giga-byte mobo.I got one, mainly because of the esata bracket with data and power cables separate. If I could have purchased that accessory by itself, I would have. This will be my first Giga-byte mobo ever. I've always used Asus.
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Re: Motherboard For E8400

Postposted on Fri Mar 07, 2008 10:27 pm

You won't be disappointed with that board. The Gigabyte P965-DS3 board made a believer out of me and now all I buy is Gigabyte.
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Re: Motherboard For E8400

Postposted on Wed Mar 26, 2008 4:04 pm

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Re: Motherboard For E8400

Postposted on Wed Mar 26, 2008 4:50 pm

M4er1c wrote:question. does the ds3l come out of box supported the e8400?

From this thread I will say yes, but the board may require a bios flash and/or manually setting the cpu multiplier for it to run at the correct speed. I'm not sure if that is an isolated incident or not, but in any event bios flashing on the ds3l is trivial. Just drop the .bin file on a usb flash drive and run the bios-based flashing program.
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Re: Motherboard For E8400

Postposted on Sun Mar 30, 2008 4:20 pm

I have an E8400 sitting in a GA-EP35-DS4. Got the board 2 months ago from Newegg as rev 2.1 with F1 BIOS. It posted just fine. I then used Q-Flash to update the BIOS to (the then current) F2 revision using a floppy. Windows loaded and booted just fine. All is well.
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Re: Motherboard For E8400

Postposted on Sun Mar 30, 2008 6:00 pm

That's a lot of choices for the same chipset from the same motherboard manufacturer.

If we want inexpensive and effective, we should go with the first choice (GA-P35-DS3L).

If we're going to spend more than that...
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That brings it down to the GA-EP35-DS3R or GA-EP35-DS3P.
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Re: Motherboard For E8400

Postposted on Sun Mar 30, 2008 9:40 pm

AfrocousticPunk wrote:I just ordered the GA-P35-DS4. I can't wait to get it!!! But the E8400 are out of stock. :( I'm just wondering why you want an Giga-byte mobo.I got one, mainly because of the esata bracket with data and power cables separate. If I could have purchased that accessory by itself, I would have. This will be my first Giga-byte mobo ever. I've always used Asus.


You won't be disappointed :) I'm eyeing the DS4 myself, mainly for the DTS connect feature which would make it sound a ton better on my speaker setup in the room (Dolby PL II just doesnt do it for me). Otherwise unless you need the extra SATA ports (for example I would more than likely use them), then go for the DS3L.

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Re: Motherboard For E8400

Postposted on Mon Mar 31, 2008 7:45 am

I just got the ep35-ds3p, replacing a bummed out msi p35 neo2-fr.

I am having trouble overclocking it...with the neo, I hit 4.3ghz easily and with stability.

but all i can get is 3.6 with the GA!?

there must be something i'pm missing...like maybe disabling DES? which i can't find in the bios anywhere

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Re: Motherboard For E8400

Postposted on Tue Apr 01, 2008 9:34 pm

Either you're crazy... or just plain crazy. :P That much juice can't be good for the processor. :o
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Re: Motherboard For E8400

Postposted on Wed Apr 02, 2008 3:31 am

It's good or benchmark scores tho :D

I gave it that much juice to stabilize it.

lots of ppl can hit 4.5 at lower voltages, but i doubt they are really stable...plus, people that have gone above that freq. i've seen use 2.0v :O!!
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Re: Motherboard For E8400

Postposted on Wed Apr 02, 2008 6:46 am

slugzkea wrote:It's good or benchmark scores tho :D

I gave it that much juice to stabilize it.

lots of ppl can hit 4.5 at lower voltages, but i doubt they are really stable...plus, people that have gone above that freq. i've seen use 2.0v :O!!

So you did that with the Gigabyte board? What did you do wrong the first time you tried then?
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Re: Motherboard For E8400

Postposted on Fri Apr 11, 2008 7:33 am

Grab a x38 you can find some great deals
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Re: Motherboard For E8400

Postposted on Fri Apr 11, 2008 7:49 am

Nvidiafanboy wrote:Grab a x38 you can find some great deals

If you are not doing CrossFire nor using DDR3, why?
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Re: Motherboard For E8400

Postposted on Fri Apr 11, 2008 7:57 am

Good for overclocking though you have a good point
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Re: Motherboard For E8400

Postposted on Fri Apr 11, 2008 7:58 am

Nvidiafanboy wrote:Good for overclocking

Only marginally better compared to a P35. At that point your CPU is more important.
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Re: Motherboard For E8400

Postposted on Fri Apr 11, 2008 8:00 am

p35 is a great board
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Re: Motherboard For E8400

Postposted on Fri Apr 11, 2008 8:03 am

slugzkea wrote:I just got the ep35-ds3p, replacing a bummed out msi p35 neo2-fr.

I am having trouble overclocking it...with the neo, I hit 4.3ghz easily and with stability.

but all i can get is 3.6 with the GA!?

there must be something i'pm missing...like maybe disabling DES? which i can't find in the bios anywhere

UPDATE!!!

Scratch that, CHECK THIS OUT!

http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/sho ... p?t=182636


Honestly, if you like such crazy frequencies than get yourself a LN2 :wink:

Looking at your results, i am really tempted to build a LN2 for myself and try it on my machine...

And BTW 1.6 V is really in danger level zone, your chip will not survive more than an year if you keep V that high.

EDIT: Followed your other thread and found that chipset is already started acting up on you.. hhhmm...
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Re: Motherboard For E8400

Postposted on Fri Apr 11, 2008 8:36 am

Has anyone had any luck using S3 suspend-to-RAM on a Gigabyte P35 board?
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Re: Motherboard For E8400

Postposted on Sun Apr 13, 2008 3:45 pm

I don't have any trouble with S3 STR on my DS3L.
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Re: Motherboard For E8400

Postposted on Sun Apr 13, 2008 6:01 pm

Flying Fox wrote:
Nvidiafanboy wrote:Grab a x38 you can find some great deals

If you are not doing CrossFire nor using DDR3, why?


I don't really give a crap about X38 as a board, but it should probably be mentioned that the majority X38 boards support DDR2, only the really high-end premium ones require DDR3. Also, many of them are dropping to below $200. In fact, Newegg has some Open Box models that are around $125.
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Re: Motherboard For E8400

Postposted on Mon Apr 14, 2008 6:26 am

Ive been looking around for you get an Asus p5n 750I SLI it allows SLI, raid 0, 1, 0+1, 5 and good for over clocking it contains all your needs
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Re: Motherboard For E8400

Postposted on Mon Apr 14, 2008 7:31 am

Nvidiafanboy wrote:Ive been looking around for you get an Asus p5n 750I SLI it allows SLI, raid 0, 1, 0+1, 5 and good for over clocking it contains all your needs

A P35+ICH9R board can do all that except SLI with less heat and arguably better stability. I don't want to stake my data on Nvidia RAID anyway. As for SLI, well, just say no.
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Re: Motherboard For E8400

Postposted on Sun Apr 27, 2008 2:54 pm

Running the GA-EP35 DS4R here and it's pretty damn nice paired with an E8400. Worth the extra money.
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