Summary: Well, new games are out requiring new hw especially more ram. Finally got my pc12800 2x4gigs ripjaws to work on mobo. Didn't take XMP, so needed to manual adjust. Trick is strap FSB to MCH and set to 1066, but leave ram at 1600 to get 3.4Ghz.
Pros: It runs with good overclock capabilities if you have the right components together. As.my previous review, i did get this mobo to take XMP @1600mhz with Kingston HyperX Blu, but only 4 gigs (2x2gb). Ran my q9550 at 3.4 without issues for years, did not bother past that.
Cons: Tried multiple memory sticks from 2x2gb to 2x4gb, again its trial by error with number of hours wasted if you want 1600mhz.
Summary: I attempted to use RAM that was on the QVL just to see if it could work as advertised and to eliminate the possibility that i'm just being stupid. No luck; the same stupid timing glitch as described above.
Pros: It worked... got it as an open box special so i didn't have to pay as much for what is ultimately the worst motherboard i've ever owned.
Cons: Does not support 1600 mhz RAM. In fact, it doesn't even support 1333 mhz, or 1066 mhz. Any attempt to do so results in lockup. The only speed it supports without any problems is 800 mhz (400 mhz in dual channel,) which is not what is advertised. It also picks the most impossible timings for your ...
Summary: bought as a replacement for a dead board under a budget. still playing with all the options for maximum 'fun'
Pros: lots of options, good bang for the buck
Cons: unfortunately poorly documented, I've had weird issues like it not wanting to put with my HOTAS setup plugged in... Never seen anything like that before. Personally, I don't like the location of the 4 pin power lead
Summary: I bought this as a last minute fix for a board that died, needed an LGA775 board with 4 DDR3 slots and this was one of very few options left. However, I'm VERY pleased with it's performance.
Pros: DDR3 on a LGA775 Board, Optical Audio Out, Great OC Capabilties.
Cons: Not that it's a huge con, but the board isn't very aesthetically pleasing. I like my builds to have a nice finish especially if it's in a case with a side window. this one just hits all the colors on the pallet which I'm not used to... But that's only because I usually build with EVGA or MSI boar...
Summary: Finally after two months of playing with the board (part-time) to OC Q9550 at 3.4Ghz, it's stable! Started with OCZ Extreme Low Volt (1.35v) = Failure, the motherboard continues to set to 1.7v. Put in Kingston Hyper X Blu and use XMP while forcing the motherboard to use 1.65v = Success!
Pros: XMP, price, good performance OC capabilities.
Cons: Runs a little warm, DDR3 1600Mhz setup is somewhat weird from owners manual. Ran 3 sets of DDR3, some compatibility issues.
Summary: For those having issues, check your PSU and DRAM settings. Make sure you are NOT MIXING different DRAM STICKS. Make sure in your BIOS that your 3, 5, and 12 volts have no more current variance than .005%.
Pros: See my earlier review. I've got this P43DE3 FULLY LOADED DOWN and it has ZERO ISSUES. I have to way in here and say this is one of the best LGA775 motherboards I've ever worked with. I have been building systems since 1982, and am a certified tech and have built literally THOUSANDS of computers. ...
Summary: Like many others, I get the BSOD caused by the audio driver. I've tried every version I can find, still no joy. Not a peep from tech support, waste of time that. Time to order something from ASUS or Gigabyte to replace it and cut my losses.