Wow. Thanks Mike, an excellent review, and I'll be looking forward to using this board in my next build
As a matter of curiosity, what were the northbridge temps under load at stock and overclocked? Did they go down when you disabled the IGP?
I also have a vested interest in whether the board will accomodate tall chipset coolers in combination with tower coolers. Will it fit a Thermalright HR-05/HR-05 IFX in conjunction with an Ultra 120 Extreme/Ultima-90/Zerotherm BTF90/Scythe Ninja?
A rough measurement using the board picture from the review seems to indicate it will fit an Ultima-90 with a HR-05, but it would be good to have confirmation, especially if Mike can eyeball the larger coolers on the board.
My rough blocking doesn't take into account skew and aspect ratio, so it may not be 100% accurate.
Interesting that you reached 485 FSB on the board. This was the same figure Anand reached on the G33-powered ASUS P5K-VM
Yay! I've been anxiously awaiting G35, and the Asus boards (this one and the ATX version) are very nice, but I'm going to hold off to see what Gigabyte does with this chipset. The Asus boards are missing eSATA and optical SPDIF, both of which would be nice to have for my intended usage.
After the way Gigabyte handled Gigabyte GA-G33M-DS2R users, I don't expect much from them. In addition to being a poor overclocker, Gigabyte went through several reversions of adding and subsequently removing overclocking options from BIOS revisions.
I'm also a bit disappointed that only one of the video outputs is digital. Does anyone know whether this is a board or chipset limitation?
I have a feeling this is a chipset limitation, as the G33 needs a separate SDVO riser card to support DVI/HDMI, and it looks as though the G35 is the same. That's my guess as to what the small PCB next to the first PCIEx1 card is.