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Decent mobo but limited oc'ing and no AHCI
on January 20, 2012
I got this mobo because the P45 chipset is virtually impossible to find anymore. Manual oc'ing on this mobo is very finicky, your best bet is to go with the AI Overclocking Profile in bios. Highest oc'ing I could achieve was 15% which I was able to run Prime95 for 6 hours straight with no errors. If you have a Socket 775 cpu and are looking for an upgrade, this is the best that's available nowadays. Despite the G41's chipset not being very oc'ing friendly, this is still a good mobo to get the last life out of your Socket 775 cpu for a good price.
Edit: I'm docking this mobo 1 star because it DOES NOT support AHCI for SSD's. The result is the SSD not being able to perform to even the Sata2 specs. My SSD benchmarks were 175mb/s read and 150mb/s write so the write speed is doing it's job with no problems but the read is under performing by about 100mb/s. I've since upgraded to the MSI P43-51 mobo which supports AHCI and my SSD now runs a lot faster.
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-HIS ATI Radeon HD 6670 1gb DDR5 oc'ed to 900/1150mhz
-MSI P43-51 mobo
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-Samsung 830 64gb SSD & 2 1tb Seagate HD's for storage
-Coolmaster Hyper TX3
-Antec BP500U ATX 12V 500W PSU
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