Originally Posted by Slaymate
XMP is a pre-design settings profile. If your operating at the stock bus speeds the profile works great. If your overclocking then the profile isn't desirable as it does not take those settings into account.
If the mobo doesn't have a handy 12X multiplier then it's a piece of crap. Personally I wouldn't own a Gigabyte. If one was gave to me I would sell it, give it away or trash it.
Thanks for more info! I appreciate your excellent advice! But you still have not answered my other two questions...
what is "EOL" and what is "sandy bridge"?
It sounds as if you have had some very poor experiences with Gigabyte. So sorry about that!
I usually am able to obtain Gigabyte motherboards for less than half price. So I'll pick up a number of them, sell them off, then keep one for free. For me, it makes it kind of nice to build a stable decent system and not have to throw massive bucks into it. I am paying a fraction of the cost for most of the stuff I build and I have never had a single problem with Gigabyte motherboards, so I am kind of happy about that. I've been very pleased with the Gigabyte EP45-UD3P I have been using for years now...not a single hiccup and most reviews I read about it were absolutely raving...
Oh, I just finished doing a little more research on the Gigabyte EP45-UD3P and discovered that a horrible batch of these motherboards was released in March of 2010 that caused people massive problems! Wow. That was revision 1.6 I believe. Well, now I am happy that I purchased the earlier models.
Anyway, what's the story on the EOL and Sandy Bridge?