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ASUS P5Q Pro vs. Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P

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Which mobo for this new build?

Total: 49 votes (29 blank votes)

  • ASUS P5Q Pro
  • 20 %
  • Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P
  • 81 %
November 17, 2008 2:14:41 AM

I am building a new machine, most likely using an Intel Core 2 Duo E8400, ATI Radeon HD 4850 (don't know what brand), WD3200AAKS Hard Drive, 4 GB DDR2 PC2 6400 of memory (don't know what brand), and a 20" 1680x1050 monitor. Which of these two motherboards do you recommend? They are very similar in features, price, and review ratings, so I want to know what you guys think. More info: I will probably attempt to overclock at some point, but nothing extreme. I will not be using a soundcard. This will be in an Antec 300 case with a PC power and cooling 610 W PSU. Umm, what else... dual boot XP and Vista 32.

Asus P5Q Pro:

Giagbyte GA-EP45-UD3P:

Now get out there and excercise your right to vote!
November 17, 2008 2:31:22 AM

ok so i just saw the deal on newegg for a combo e8400 with the asus p5q pro that gives a $30 discount. I think that pretty much does it for me.
November 18, 2008 12:00:50 AM

How did you get that deal? I am looking at either an e8400/e8500 or ASUS P5Q Pro and Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P. If I can find that deal then I will get the p5q pro.

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November 18, 2008 6:51:20 PM

Cant say a word about the gigabyte board but I must say that p5q pro is great, or at least its great for me. Had it for over 2 months now, no problems with it whatsoever. Rock solid with my e5200 @ 3.6ghz, plenty of options for OC in the bios. And of course youve got ExpressGate ;)  I also have Sapphire HD 4850, works a treat as well, overclocked from 625/993 to 690/1080 and it doesnt complain. That plus 2gb of ram gets 13100 in 3dmark06, not too shabby I guess :) 
November 18, 2008 8:28:08 PM

Get the Gigabyte. The stock cooling on the P5Q Pro sucks ass. The top row of MOSFETS have no heatsink at all, and the NB/side MOSFET piece is worthless as well. Trying to OC my Q6600 past 3.2ghz was resulting in failures due to the NB temps, mosfets im sure as well. I replaced it all with thermalright HR's and even those get pretty damn warm. If that Gigabyte board was around when I bought this P5Q Pro I would have definetly gotten it instead. Either way, the P5Q Pro IS NOT a bad board, but they really screwed up on the cooling, even the lower end P5Q has better cooling.

Not to mention the promotion code that chuckm linked above.
a b V Motherboard
November 19, 2008 11:48:17 AM

Andy, whichever board you choose you will be happy with, unless you get a faulty one ;] No offence spath but reading your post gives the impression like have thoroughly analyzed the design and construction of a p5q pro and came to a final conclusion that flaws in thermal design make it impossible to oc higher than 3.2ghz. Did you even consider the possibility of YOUR board being screwed in some way? I can run my cpu clocked to over 3.9 ghz with voltage over 1.41v and have no temp issues at all, bios and hardware monitor hardly ever show mobo temps close to 40 celsius, maybe after hours of gaming
November 19, 2008 8:58:14 PM

My board is fine.