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Good day to the community

I have a Gigabyte GA-EP45T-UD3R motherboard, S.N: SN084100050561, paired with an Intel C2Q Q9550 CPU, 4 x Corsair CMX8GX3M2A1600C9, 4GB DIMMs, a SAPPHIRE NITRO Radeon RX 460 4G D5 OC GPU and a Western Digital WDS250G1B0A-00H9H0, 250GB SATA 3 SSD, as the system disk.

I am going to build a new PC with this hardware, under Windows 10 Pro 64-bit Operating System.

I need to know if I can use an add-on PCI-E SATA 3 Controller Card and have the Western Digital SSD connected to it, allowing the motherboard to boot from this Controller and SSD. I am thinking to  do this, in order to benefit from the faster SATA 3 protocol, instead of using the motherboard SATA 2 connections.

I tried to find if there is such a possibility, by reading the motherboard manual, but I could not locate it. The relevant section in the manual (Advanced BIOS Features - First/Second/Third Boot Device) specifies that the boot order can be done from the following available devices:
- Floppy
- LS120
- Hard Disk
- CDROM
- ZIP
- USB-FDD
- USB-ZIP
- USB-CDROM
- USB-HDD
- Legacy LAN
or to be Disabled.

From above, it is not clear if the motherboard can boot from a PCI-E Controller with an SSD attached to it.

Can someone clarify this for me, please?

Thanks in advance.
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Motherboards with AMD processors / Re: Best single slot graphics card
« Last post by Bobbsy on November 18, 2017, 08:34:02 am »
Let’s just say money’s not an object but I don’t want to go overboard.

Like I said it’s only to make things run smoother and look as best as possible whilst watching programmes, not for gaming or anything hi-tech.
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Motherboards with AMD processors / Re: Best single slot graphics card
« Last post by shadowsports on November 18, 2017, 03:07:31 am »
All comes down to your budget.
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Overclocking graphic cards / Coil whine after GPU OC.
« Last post by Theodore on November 17, 2017, 12:24:13 pm »
Hi. I tried some OC on my Gigabyte gtx 1080 g1... i set my gpu clock at + 150 mhz, memory + 625 mhz, gpu volt + 100%, power limit + 8% and temp limit + 9 c. It's didnt crash though i was getting some artifacts while playing ROTTR. Also i didnt see any improvements, in fact FPS was lower from when at stock speeds. I reapplied the OC mode and leave it there with the factory settings. After that i noticed that my card was coil whining, not much but it is fairly noticeable, i dont know if the coil whine was there before or if i damaged anything on my gpu after the OC attempt. Are the settings i tried too high to cause any damage? Is it possible to deal any damage to the card using the Gigabyte extreme gaming tool? plz help if you can. Despite the coil whine the card is performing the same as before
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Greetings,
What is the NIC connected to?  Is that device 10/100 or GBE?  Cable you are connecting with needs to be Cat5 or above. 

Did you install intel chipset .inf drivers?

Did you install the LAN Optimizer Utility add on?  If so, I suggest you uninstall that, restart and retest.

Since it was working previously at 100mbps, its doubtful its a cable or port.  Most likely related to software.

Look at the properties for the adapter, make one change at a time, then disconnect / reconnect the cable after each change to see if negotiation changes.

Thanks for your help!!

The NIC is connected to the router. The device is GBE and is integrated on motherboard. Cable is 5e. Cable isnot problem because I tried with other cable.

Yes I updated the last drivers off the official web.

I didn't install LAN Optimizer Utility.

I'm going to try this afternoon with another network card, if it works the problem will be in the network card or in the controllers.

I will keep telling you

Thanks!!!

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Motherboards with AMD processors / Best single slot graphics card
« Last post by Bobbsy on November 17, 2017, 08:15:02 am »
Okay guys....

Well I’ve just finished my first build and thankfully all sorted thanks to lots of advice from you guys so thank you all.

I’ve basically built a big download box (not gaming PC) for downloading, watching films/series and mild gaming,

Just wondered what the best single slot graphics card was?

Currently running a Nvidia GTX 745 4GB cos I picked it up cheap, I know it’s old but does the job. It’s just obviously would like to know if I could find an affordable upgrade.

Using it on a 990fxa-ud3 so if there’s one that’s SLI capable it would be benefical.
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Motherboards with Intel processors / Re: RGB Fusion not working?
« Last post by shadowsports on November 17, 2017, 12:19:22 am »
Greetings,
You should be able to launch the RGB Fusion App from within App Center.  You need to use the Live Update within App Center to populate and update the list of apps available to run. 
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Graphic cards / nvlddmkm error id 14 related to MoBo BIOS version
« Last post by Strainer on November 16, 2017, 08:12:23 pm »
Hello,

like many people, I have problem that my graphic lags or stutter for few seconds after some hours of gaming with nvlddmkm error id 14 in event log. And I tried almost all possible fixes, like installing newest or older drivers, cleaning drivers with DDU, changing tdrdelay or tdrlevel in registry, disable PCIe link state in power management, underclocking card, connect power supply of graphic card to different branch on PSU, checking all temperatures, clearing out dust and applying new thermal paste on GPU.. and one of things I tried was updating vBIOS of graphic card and BIOS of motherboard..

First, my setup (I know that graphic card is old and I plan to buy a new one, but with this problem, Iam not sure that changing graphic card will be ultimate solution):

GPU: GIGABYTE GTX 670 Ultra Durable OC 2GB (now with F5 BIOS)
http://uk.gigabyte.com/Graphics-Card/GV-N670OC-2GD#ov
MoBo: GIGABYTE Z170X-Gaming 3 - Intel Z170 (now with F6 BIOS)
http://uk.gigabyte.com/Motherboard/GA-Z170X-Gaming-3-EU-rev-10#ov
CPU: Intel Core i5-6600K + Noctua NH-U9B SE2
RAM: Kingston HyperX Fury Black 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 2666
SSD: Kingston HyperX 3K - 120GB
PSU: Corsair CX Series CX550M 550W
monitor: LG Flatron IPS235P connected via DVI-D
OS: Windows 10 Pro 64bit

Updating BIOS on graphic card had no effect on this error, but things are really different with updating BIOS on motherboard: when I updated to newest version F22d, this graphic lagging issue is much worse. Its lagging even on Windows desktop, whole computer freezes for few seconds, then works fine for a moment, then freeze for few seconds again.. I can start game like CS:GO and when I start to load some map, it takes several minutes to load. And then in game I have like 0,2 FPS - one frame rendered, then freeze for five seconds, another frame, then freeze again. Sometimes sound start stuttering with that. Some freezes are longer, probably when graphic card resets and monitor blinks. Instead after few hours of gaming, its now happening all the time since OS starts.

Event log is then full of these errors:
nvlddmkm id 14
Display id 4101
nvlddmkm id 13

and in reliability monitor is error:
LiveKernelEvent id 141

So, I downgraded BIOS on motherboard back to version F6 and everything works like before. I can play again for hours without lagging or stutering (of course until this error happens again after few hours or days of playing and it happens only during gaming). In both cases, nothing is overclocked, everything in BIOS is on default/Auto and I used "Load optimized defaults" after BIOS update.

Do you have any idea why this thing could happen? And could be buying new graphic card a solution to this problem?

Thanks
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Greetings,
What is the NIC connected to?  Is that device 10/100 or GBE?  Cable you are connecting with needs to be Cat5 or above. 

Did you install intel chipset .inf drivers?

Did you install the LAN Optimizer Utility add on?  If so, I suggest you uninstall that, restart and retest.

Since it was working previously at 100mbps, its doubtful its a cable or port.  Most likely related to software.

Look at the properties for the adapter, make one change at a time, then disconnect / reconnect the cable after each change to see if negotiation changes. 
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Yesterday I updated my system to Windows 10 and the speed of network card is of 10Mbps!!!

Before I had Windows 7 and the speed of network card was 100Mbps.

I updated drivers of mother board (GA-H67N-USB3-B3) but I could not solve the problem.

Can you help me?

Thanks
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