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  • Asus P5Q vs Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3L vs ECS P45T-A

    Hi,

    I have to choose between these 3 alterntatives considering quality and compatibility with linux (I use kubuntu 64 bit).

    I read some bad comments on Asus P5Q which is the MoBo I just bought :
    [ubuntu] Don't buy P45 chipset (especially Asus P5Q)
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=890604

    But I can change it (if it's worth it) with
    Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3L (rev. 1.0)
    or
    ECS P45T-A (V1.0)
    I've read the review on phoronix of the gigabyte one: that would be a good alternative, but I'n not sure if considering the features it would be better to go for the ECS or stay with the Asus one... if compatibility is good for these two.

    I haven't been able to find much info on the ECS one, or much more on the Asus.

    The rest of my hardware is:
    CPU INTEL CORE 2 DUO E8500 - 3.16 GHZ 1333 MHZ DUAL CORE BOX
    nVidia GeForce™ 9800GT 512MB
    Corsair XMS2 DDR2 2Gb (2x1Gb) PC6400C4DHX
    500 gb sata2 western digital 7200rpm
    TOPOWER M2 600W ATX 12V2.0 20+4 PINES
    thermaltake wing RS100

  • #2
    You don't want the problems that come with 1 P45 board so you are considering swapping it of another? Why? It's the same chipset it'll have the same problems. Problems which by the way shouldn't effect you if you are using the lastest ubuntu as it has a recent enough kernel (anything > 2.6.26 should work).

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    • #3
      You don't need to change your board, every current distro from this year will work - also U 8.10.

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      • #4
        I have asus P5Q in Ubuntu 8.10 and all work perfectly. Only have a minor problem with temperature sensors

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Kano View Post
          You don't need to change your board, every current distro from this year will work - also U 8.10.
          Originally posted by TASADAR-F View Post
          I have asus P5Q in Ubuntu 8.10 and all work perfectly. Only have a minor problem with temperature sensors
          Great... that was what I expected... the "problems" I found were mentioned near the date the MoBo was released, so I hoped they were solved by now. I got insecure when on the store I bought it, the guy recommended me the gigabyte (cheaper) for linux

          Thanks for the answers

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          • #6
            Didn't see this answer before:
            Originally posted by Aradreth View Post
            You don't want the problems that come with 1 P45 board so you are considering swapping it of another? Why? It's the same chipset it'll have the same problems. Problems which by the way shouldn't effect you if you are using the lastest ubuntu as it has a recent enough kernel (anything > 2.6.26 should work).
            Motherboards are not only the North Bridge chipset. There are problems with p5q that don't have to do with p45 chipset: ie network (Atheros) and Audio (Realtek ALC1200), which are different from the other p45 MoBo I mention (Realtek 8111C and Realtek ALC888). The solutions mentioned for the network problem requiered compiling the kernel which I would like to avoid, and prefer an out of the box working system.

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            • #7
              ASUS P5Q in Ubuntu 8.10.

              SATA AHCI work perfecty
              Atheros LAN "ATL1E" work perfectly
              Sound realtek ALC1200 work very good for up sound change "side" sound control to 100%.

              I'm very happy with this motherboard all work perfectly

              My computer:

              Intel E8400
              Asus p5Q
              RAM DDR2 800 2x2GB kingston
              Corsair HX520W
              Graphic card ATI HD4670
              recorder Plextor 810 SATA
              HARD DISK WD caviar black 640GB
              Last edited by TASADAR-F; 01-11-2009, 11:17 PM.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by TASADAR-F View Post
                ASUS P5Q in Ubuntu 8.10.

                SATA AHCI work perfecty
                Atheros LAN "ATL1E" work perfectly
                Sound realtek ALC1200 work very good for up sound change "side" sound control to 100%.

                I'm very happy with this motherboard all work perfectly
                Yep, I got that from your previous answer ... now I'm wondering though: do they work out of the box?

                Cheers!

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                • #9
                  Yes. All work out of the box.

                  Only a minor sound problem "low sound". Fix in one minute (change "side" control to 100%).

                  I will answer all your questions.

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                  • #10
                    Thank you very much, really

                    Now considering your willingness to help :P do you believe, considering there is no compatibility issue then, that is it worth it to stay with the P5Q, although it's about 20% more expensive than the Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3L. Considering that at least for now I'll be using the PC for watching movies (HD), and playing games mainly. ¿Would performance be noticeably better? ¿Is there other advantage you believe important? ¿Any important feature I would miss if I go for the cheaper alternative? (I'm asking you your personal opinion, so I can have more arguments to stay with the p5q... because at one point I was pretty convinced to go for the gigabyte one).

                    Cheers

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                    • #11
                      My personal opinion:

                      Both Asus and gigabyte are the best motherboards.
                      8 years ago Asus was lots better than gigabyte (mainly Asus was more stable and more BIOS updates for fix problems and support new cpu, Asus test his motherboards better than other comanies).

                      Now both are very very similar. I prefer Asus because Asus have more BIOS updates and I think asus is a bit solid(stable) than gigabyte.

                      Analisys of motheboard differences.

                      realtek ALC1200 vs ALC888. Are very very similar They use the same driver in my Ubuntu alc1200 appear as ALC888 because use the same driver.

                      LAN atheros atl1e vs realtek 8111C. Both are gigabit and support linux good.



                      BEST OF ASUS.
                      best bios updates and 8 phases.

                      Best of gigabyte
                      dual bios and price.

                      Asus or gigabyte are a very very good buy.
                      For me ECS is not a good choose.

                      I'm not a english speaker.Sorry for my bad english

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                      • #12
                        There is no dual bios on gigabyte anymore. Only the old boards had two chips, now there is not even a socket for the chip anymore. But basically the boards are working.

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                        • #13
                          In the gigabyte's web appear this feature in this model:

                          http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Products/...ProductID=2844

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                          • #14
                            Thanks a lot TASADAR-F for the detailed answer (and your English is good for me , I'm not a native English speaker neither).

                            I believe I'll stick with the P5Q then, although the price of the gigabyte is tempting... but if asus is more solid, more efficient with the 8 phase, and has more features (that maybe in the future I could use), considering I don't change my desktop regularly... I think its the best option.

                            I'll probably start putting the pieces together on Thursday, when I finally will have all the parts (the CPU E8500 and the nVidia GF-9800GT arrive to the store on Thursday), so maybe I'll ask you more questions then.

                            Thanks again,
                            Mguel

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Mguel View Post
                              Didn't see this answer before:


                              Motherboards are not only the North Bridge chipset. There are problems with p5q that don't have to do with p45 chipset: ie network (Atheros) and Audio (Realtek ALC1200), which are different from the other p45 MoBo I mention (Realtek 8111C and Realtek ALC888). The solutions mentioned for the network problem requiered compiling the kernel which I would like to avoid, and prefer an out of the box working system.
                              I thought you were only worried about the sata problems mentions on the first page, I didn't bother going further into the thread. As for the network Atheros is one of the better wireless chips to get (at least in my experience). Can't really comment on the sound though never had a 8111C.

                              Originally posted by TASADAR-F
                              Both Asus and gigabyte are the best motherboards.
                              Yup they tend to be the best MB makers if you want an enthusiast board.

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