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Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3/AMD Athlon II X3 440 Rana

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Need inputs/thoughts on this board. Have zeroed it down after searching for the following features in an ATX form factor:
My prerequisites for new motherboard were:
USB3 (with front panel header on board to as to make the front USB3 ports on my Corsair carbide 400R support USB3)
HDMI or at least DVI
At least 1 PCIx1 slot.
At least 1 PCI slot.
Gigabyte (as after sales of it is good in my country.
Intel OR AMD was not a priority.
Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 has all I need, only 1 problem:
It is not ATX so the space between the PCIX16 slot and PCIX1 slot is very less. I don’t think I’ll be able to install a meaty gpu if I have my Asus Xonar DX installed in the PCIx1. This is not a deal breaker since I don’t intent to game for time being but having future headroom is always pleasant :p
This board is pretty cheap for the features it offers:
All solid caps
Superior VRM cooling
USB3 (with header onboard)
HDMI
I wonder why this matx board has an 8 PIN power connector because AFAIK the 8 PIN connector is usually found in over clocking boards. (My IP35-E had one) I really like this but wonder why this board has one. Does this mean it can over clock well?
The CPU I’ve narrowed down is:
AMD Athlon II X3 440 Rana 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W Tr...
Bang for buck tri-core but I guess it’s hard to find.
Any thoughts are most welcome.
Thanks.
 
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you will have space for the xonar if you install a 2 slot card.

8 pin means 2 phases for the CPu, and yes it does mean more stability.
 
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Thanks. This is good news. I just hope it's available in Nehru Place. Its overpriced in flipkart.
you will have space for the xonar if you install a 2 slot card.

8 pin means 2 phases for the CPu, and yes it does mean more stability.
 

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i knew i had seen you before. lol.
 
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Got the trio on 2nd december. Got corsair Vengeance 4GB 9-9-9-24, 1.5V instead of value select and Phenom II 560.
Chip overclocks to 4 Ghz easily :rockout:
 
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erodov maybe?
 
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