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Best motherboards for Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz

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February 2, 2009 7:40:37 PM

Hi!!!

I'm looking forward to buy an Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz.

I want to know what's the best motherboard for this processor, (motherboard budget US$200), also it would be good to know which RAM to use (RAM budget US$130).

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February 3, 2009 1:52:22 AM

You should define your requirements and then ask which motherboard would best meet them. Tell us if you need Crossfire or SLI, how much memory you need, what OS, etc.
February 3, 2009 11:00:29 PM

For now I don't need SLI but it's good to leave the option open for the future (Graphics Card: EVGA 512-P3-N884-AR GeForce 9800 GTX+ Superclocked Edition 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16) 2Gb of RAM, Windows XP Professional 32bit until Win7.
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February 4, 2009 11:37:48 AM

Then definitely go with the Gigabyte EP45-UD3R. Great value, great board, stable, super easy to OC.

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February 4, 2009 11:55:05 AM
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Yea Gigabyte UD3R will do the job,
Ram, go with G.Skills top 2(2x2gb) ram, usually i would say OCZ Reapers but, G.Skills will be fine at DDR2 800 (PC2 6400).

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This one has tighter timings on the Clock.

Cheap, your pick.

February 4, 2009 2:21:11 PM

Thank you very much
April 3, 2009 9:03:56 PM

This board doesn't leave the option open for SLI does it? It only has 1 PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot.
April 8, 2009 3:59:46 AM

Yes the Gigabyte UD3R it just have 1 PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot.

Let me tell you that I tried the Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz on two mobos: Gigabyte UD3R and MSI P6N SLI Platinum and the performance of the processor on the MSI is way better, u can notice the performance at once, you don't have to run a lot of tests to compare and see the difference, I did not like the Gigabyte UD3R, for now on I will stick to MSI or ASUS mobos.
November 28, 2011 1:58:38 PM

Tin said:
I tried the Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz on two mobos: Gigabyte UD3R and MSI P6N SLI Platinum and the performance of the processor on the MSI is way better, u can notice the performance at once, you don't have to run a lot of tests to compare and see the difference,
That's interesting. I have read some recent reviews of motherboards for SandyBridge processors, and it seems the motherboards have a negligeble effect on CPU performance. Was it different for the P45 boards?
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