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Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3 questions

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September 19, 2011 9:48:33 PM

Hi All,

I am literally just about to order a new motherboard, CPU and cooler.

I decided on the i7 2600k and went back from there.
Arctic freezer 13 pro cooler.
Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3 motherboard.

I am upgrading from a Q9400 @ 3.2GHz on a P45.

My question is, my PSU only has 4 pins for the CPU yet this motherboard has 8. My old motherboard had 8 yet ran fine with the 4 pin (650W) psu. Will this be ok for this new combo? I don't plan on overclocking yet but will at some point in the future.

The other question I have is, this motherboard doesn't have UEFI, just BIOS, will the start up to beep be slower than a UEFI motherboard? It annoys me immensely that the BIOS in my current motherboard takes significantly longer than the windows boot (C300 with win 7).

If anyone has any advice on cpu/mobo/cooler, that would be great.

Any help would be much appreciated,

Cheers,

Tim
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September 19, 2011 10:20:32 PM

A lot of motherboarde have 8 pins and only use 4 , it depends on the cpu you are using and with the 2600k you would want to use 8 if doing overclocking . Sometimes the motherboard or ps will come with an adaptor the will convert a 4 pin into a 8 pin to use on the mb , if not you can easily get one.

OKGEAR 4" ATX 4 Pin male to ATX 8Pin female cable Model FC48-4 - $4.49

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168....
September 19, 2011 10:29:50 PM

Thanks for the reply. My psu came with an 8 to 4 pin adaptor.

So do you think that using that would be ok?

The PSU worked fine with the Q9400 @ 3.2GHz which the online psu calculator thinks needs the same power as the 2600k @ 3.8GHz.

I just don't want to order it all, install everything then realise I can't play with my new toy :) 

Thanks again for the reply, very helpful.
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September 20, 2011 2:19:04 AM

dopeydog said:
Thanks for the reply. My psu came with an 8 to 4 pin adaptor.

So do you think that using that would be ok?


I have that same motherboard that you're buying. I'm running it off a Corsair TX-750, which uses a 4-pin plug that converts to an 8-pin plug. It works fine for me, I think using an adapter wouldn't make that much of a difference.
September 20, 2011 7:12:27 AM

g-unit1111 said:
I have that same motherboard that you're buying. I'm running it off a Corsair TX-750, which uses a 4-pin plug that converts to an 8-pin plug. It works fine for me, I think using an adapter wouldn't make that much of a difference.



Awesome. The only question I have now is that since this motherboard has BIOS and not UEFI, does it take long to POST?

Thanks.
September 21, 2011 9:39:22 PM

Ok, motherboard turned up but on the receipt it said Z68 rev B3 but I actually got Z68 rev 1.0. Is this worth returning?
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September 22, 2011 12:07:50 AM

dopeydog said:
Awesome. The only question I have now is that since this motherboard has BIOS and not UEFI, does it take long to POST?

Thanks.


Actually this motherboard does have UEFI, I've been using it quite a bit, and it is seriously quick to POST. With my Crucial M4, this system boots up faster than I can blink! It's quite amazing.
September 22, 2011 12:11:18 AM

g-unit1111 said:
Actually this motherboard does have UEFI, I've been using it quite a bit, and it is seriously quick to POST. With my Crucial M4, this system boots up faster than I can blink! It's quite amazing.


That's awesome, with my Crucial C300 it should still be fairly quick :)  Thanks for the response.
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