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Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 VS. Abit AB9-Pro (OVERCLOCKING)

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February 23, 2007 1:21:05 AM

torn between these two boards, wodnering which is the best, overclocking/overall in performance, they both meet the needs of my system but ill post it anyways:

EVGA 8800GTS 576mhz 320mb (basically oc'd already @ 576mhz)
Rosewill 550w 135mm fan
Intel c2d 6300 (will be oc'd around 2.8-2.9)
Corsair XMS2 2gb 675 PC2 5400 (platinum heatspreaders)

The 2 mobo's are:

Gigabyte Ga-965P-DS3
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1681...

VERSUS...

Abit AB9-Pro P965
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1681...

thanks so much
February 23, 2007 2:01:46 AM

I have an Abit AB9 not pro that has worked great, The only thing i've had troubles with is when i updated to the newest bios it didn't work right so i had to revert back to an older one.

It oc'ed my E6400 stable at 3.2Ghz
February 23, 2007 2:13:33 AM

so do you recommend the 6400? or will the 6300 be ok for cod2 and whatnot...kinda off the topic of the thread but
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February 23, 2007 2:15:33 AM

Since you're ocing you might as well go with the 6300 imo... I just went with the 6400 cause i wanted to get 400 fsb and run 1:1 with my ram... but if money is an issue the 6300 overclocked is your winner... or maybe consider the 4300, its suppposed to overclock very well.
February 23, 2007 2:20:14 AM

yeah the 6300 looks like the best bang for the buck, not going high end, thanks dude
February 23, 2007 3:54:22 AM

Which ever board you go with it will do the job. I personaly would go with the Gigabyte board.
February 23, 2007 8:57:39 AM

the Gigabyte will overclock better (although both should reach your indicated target) but the abit has more features by far.
February 23, 2007 9:16:33 AM

You also might consider the 650i boards. SLI are the only ones out right now with more to come, and the Ultra versions are on their way. We know that the Nvidia chipsets OC like mad. Between the 2 you've listed it's quite the toss up but I'd say go for the DS3 even though I really like Abit. There is no guarantee what one will OC better, but I think people have a better experience with the DS3. Customer service kinda sux either way.
February 23, 2007 10:21:02 AM

I went for the AB9 Pro using an e6600. This config works well if you use 800MHz RAM because you can tell the motherboard that it is in fact 533MHz and then raise the FSB to 400. This lets the e6600 get to 3.6GHz and then pushes your RAM back upto 800MHz. This keeps the ratio at 1:1 and does not put extra pressure on your RAM.

Found this ran very stable on my system and I'm only using air cooling (but very good air cooling).

Can't guarrantee that it won't damage your system though. I now run my CPU at stock speeds because it is more than fast enough and at least guarrantees that your system won't fry itself after 2 years.

Lastly, two of my friends have a similar setup but use the new nForce boards (one of them is using the striker), I have found that my cheaper board is more stable and runs faster (and cooler) than theirs for half the price.
February 23, 2007 7:02:43 PM

They are both good boards. Look in my sig and you will see a similar system to what you are looking at. My Xeon is just like the 6300 and you can see my OC. You will probably be able to achieve a lower vCore than me, for some reason these Xeons love higher voltages depending on the ones you get. I would recommend the Xeon still because for whatever reason. When I was @ 2.8ghz and my friend with the exact same system except he has an X1950XT my 3Dmark06 score was better than his in the CPU area as well as overall and my super PI was marginally and when I say that I mean like half of a second better than his, but none the less it was scoring a tad higher and @ 2.80ghz I am able to run the lowest voltages the board allows for vCore @ 1.325v so the setup is really great for the price. I head about many problems regarding memory with the DS3 especially since my chips are Micron D9's so that is why I went with the ABIT. Hope this helps.

Best,

3Ball
February 23, 2007 7:06:53 PM

Hey Ms Bytch,

Just curious is to what you have your NB voltage is at since our FSB settings are very similar assuming yours is @ 425 fsb. And if you disabled all of the features of your CPU. I disabled pretty much half of the features and am @ 426 fsb with 1.45v on the NB (MCH) and just am trying to see if this is a safe setting for continuous use for the next 1 - 3 years (probably more like 1.5 to 2 yrs @ best, lol gotta have them upgrades!!!). Thx man!

Best,

3Ball
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