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    GA-MA 790XT-UD4P opinion

    Hey guys, I'm building a new system and need your opinion. Hrer's the board and I'll be using the Phenom II X4 125W processor with it.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128378
    Pete

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    Re: GA-MA 790XT-UD4P opinion

    It's a nice full featured board for the price. You got save some coin by going with the 770 board, but the cooling is a bit low end. Why not try the new revision?

    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16813128416
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    Re: GA-MA 790XT-UD4P opinion

    AMD R7 1700x. MSI B350 Tomahawk. 2x8gb Corsair vengeance LPX. Coolermaster Hyper 212 evo. Corsair Carbide 200R. EVGA GTX 970.

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    Re: GA-MA 790XT-UD4P opinion

    The only thing I'd be concerned with is the memory voltage. I've had 2 GB boards now, the MA770-UD3 and the MA790X-UD4P, and both had overvolts on the memory. My memory is only rated @ 1.8V.

    The UD4P has a .060V overvolt on the ram, and only offers incremental increases of .1v, which means that it will always run too high. If your overclocking, I'd just make sure they are all where they should be.
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    Re: GA-MA 790XT-UD4P opinion

    Quote Originally Posted by ozzy983 View Post
    The only thing I'd be concerned with is the memory voltage. I've had 2 GB boards now, the MA770-UD3 and the MA790X-UD4P, and both had overvolts on the memory. My memory is only rated @ 1.8V.

    The UD4P has a .060V overvolt on the ram, and only offers incremental increases of .1v, which means that it will always run too high. If your overclocking, I'd just make sure they are all where they should be.
    The RAM I'm looking at is rated @ 1.8V as well. I wonder if there is a BIOS update to correct this.
    Pete

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    Re: GA-MA 790XT-UD4P opinion

    If your setup works with less voltage than 1.8, do the lesser voltage. From experience, Windows 7 Explorer crashes every so often if I have a voltage larger than 1.8v. I set my RAM voltage to 1.7. I'm using PC3-12800 memory as well.

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    Re: GA-MA 790XT-UD4P opinion

    Quote Originally Posted by MixedNuts View Post
    The RAM I'm looking at is rated @ 1.8V as well. I wonder if there is a BIOS update to correct this.
    Not that I'm aware of, and online, people doing crazy stuff to bring it back under control. When I mean crazy, they are added resistors and things like that. Well over my head and ability to do, but definitely impacts my overclocking because of it. While not the same board, mine is the 790X, but my guess is the overvolt remains.

    Also, the 790X has very poor voltage control for everything but CPU & CPU NB. If I could increase my memory by .025 I'd have it running @ ~1.9V which is what it needs to run 4-4-4-12-16 (it's rated speed @ 800 mhz), alas though, it does not and I wish I had done a bit more research into this board before I got it.

    Oh well. It is miles ahead of the 770 i had, and gave me 300 mhz more on my overclock, so not a complete waste.
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    Athlon 64 X2 7750 Kuma @ 3360 Ghz @ 1.475V (14.5x223)
    (NB: 2240, HT: 2015)
    Gigabyte MA-790X-UD4P
    Sparkle GeForce 9800 GTX+ (755core, 1350 mem)
    Onboard sound (yuck)
    4GBs Mushkin DDR800 (6/6/6/18/24 @ 928mhz)
    2x74GBs RAID 0
    2xWD 1TB HD RAID 1
    Plexter DVD Burner
    Rosewill 530W

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    Re: GA-MA 790XT-UD4P opinion

    I'm considering the GA-790XTA-UD4. The memory I have is OCZ Gold rated at 1.65V, it was part of a combo deal on Newegg with a x4 955 BE. Will I end up with similar issues? I see on the spec sheet that it has 4x 1.5V DIMM slots, maybe I will have the same problem?

    The kit I have is marked as OCZ3G1333LV4GK, this is the kit I got.

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    Re: GA-MA 790XT-UD4P opinion

    I have that exact same memory. Eventhough it's rated for 1.65, it can be overvolted. At 1.65 volt, it can run at 1600 mhz.

    But, if I have it at 1.75+, it causes Windows Explorer to crash.

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    Re: GA-MA 790XT-UD4P opinion

    Thanks for the input everyone
    Pete

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    Re: GA-MA 790XT-UD4P opinion

    Quote Originally Posted by ozzy983 View Post
    The only thing I'd be concerned with is the memory voltage. I've had 2 GB boards now, the MA770-UD3 and the MA790X-UD4P, and both had overvolts on the memory. My memory is only rated @ 1.8V.

    The UD4P has a .060V overvolt on the ram, and only offers incremental increases of .1v, which means that it will always run too high. If your overclocking, I'd just make sure they are all where they should be.
    Hello Ozzy983, I see you don't like your on board audio. Mine is giving me fits. I get popping noises and the sound seems to skip. Sounds like an old record. Gigabyt is being a pain about it. I've tried everything short of reassembling my rig outside of the case. I don't see anything in the case to generate this noise. What are you experiencing with yours?
    Pete

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