My first experience with an ECS board and the newer Penryn's
E7300 @2.66GHz Paired with ECS GF7050VT-M and Stock Cooler (And all for $99.99)
Idle w/Speedstep ON
E7300 @ 3.2Ghz
Voltage in CPU-Z: 1.128 V
E7300 @ 3.2Ghz w/ 1h 30m Prime 95 Stable
Voltage in CPU-Z: 1.168 V
Checked With RealTemp and figured out I got a stuck sensor . Plus the Idle Temp never goes below 25C. Kinda stopped there but I'm going to see If I can get more out of this chip using this board before the board dies on me then it will give me an excuse to order an P45 and wait for the P55 for an i7 rig.
Rest of the Rig:
Antec 300 - 35$ (Again Fry's)
Antec Earthwatts 500W - 50$
Corsair DDR2 800Mhz 4gb - 52$ ($30 MIR)
Old IDE DVD Drive with 40gb IDE HDD
Windows 7 64-bit
Well Since I'm not keeping it forever I'm merely saying that I'm getting a pretty stable OC from my motherboard. I know ECS is like super cheap stuff, but mine is holding out great and without a hiccup. My previous Gigabyte P35-DSL3 that I sold a couple months ago to a friend with an old E6750 OC'ed to 3.5, now that was a great motherboard.
This is great news! I have the same combo and would love to try OC on it. Do you make it OC through the bios settings alone? Pardon me for being an OC newbie. BTW, I also run that board with a Q9400 and it rocks! (You really can't beat it for the price).
The motherboard is mostly expendable at about $50 for a new one. I run MythBuntu on mine with a Q9400 and two 1TB Maxtor SATA drives. It makes a good media server. Oh yeah, I have XP in a Sun Virtualbox too. The one with the E7300 is my 11 year old son's machine. I use it as a MythTV client and it runs XP natively... might have to fix that.