Question about EliteGroup ECS 945GCT-M/1333 Motherboard - v3.0, Intel 945GC, Socket 775, MicroATX, Audio, Video, PCI Express

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1333 FSB processor only runs with fsb set to 1066 in bios

If i try to boot it with the fbs set top auto the computer locks up before it gets to booting windows, i have to reset the bios via the jumper on the board when this happens, everything is compatible for 1333 bus speed i dont understand it

would upgrading ran from 533mhz 2 gig to 667mhz duel channel do the trick?

or is this motherboard simply borked :(

it is running the newest bios revision and all drivers are up to date

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  • RIArchangel May 20, 2008

    ive been back and forth with ECS customer support. i think they pay a monkey to work that for them.... i will never buy another board from them again >.<, nothing they send back even comes close to answering the question at all hopefully you guys can help :D

  • RIArchangel May 20, 2008

    i have read the manual 1000 time it says through bios setting this board can support 1333mhz processor does that imply that i have to overclock to do it?. when i bought the board the tech said it would work yup no more ECS boards for me :(

  • RIArchangel May 20, 2008

    the only reason it is bugging me is my 3ghz dual core is running a 2.2 ghz becuase of this incompataibity

  • RIArchangel May 20, 2008

    page one under introducing the motherboard

    right underneath the 2nd paragraph

    "* Through BIOS setting, this board can support FSB 1333 MHz processors"

    but in no way explains how to go about doing it, and it seems there techs don't know the 1st thing about the products they release :(

  • RIArchangel May 20, 2008

    they are going to take back the motherboard, luckily im still within the 30 day grace period. Im just glad i got a straight answer before i hit the point of no return. thank you very much for your support.



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RIArchangel, you're board is not able to run 1333fsb; it can only run at 1066fsb. Though setting the bios to auto should not cause the system to lock up, unless you are over-clocking other settings in the system bios.
Changing you're memory to the faster dual channel 667 will increase the systems over all performance but it will not change the fact that the board can only run at 1066fsb.
If you have the time, take a read over this link. 1333fsb over 1066fsb.
Feeling spunky? You can test you're CPU with this free software. Scroll down a bit until you see, CPU Stability Test,7146-order,1-page,1-c,alldownloads/description.html

If I can help you further, feel free to post.
Suggestions & comments welcomed.

Posted on May 20, 2008

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    Mike Peluso May 20, 2008

    Please tell me where in the manual you see this. (Page number)? I have the manual too & maybe I missed it, so do tell?

  • Mike Peluso
    Mike Peluso May 20, 2008

    Well I also have the manual, so please do tell where in the manual you read this?

  • Mike Peluso
    Mike Peluso May 20, 2008

    Chapter 1

    Introducing the Motherboard


    Thank you for choosing the 945GCT-M motherboard. This motherboard is a high

    performance, enhanced function motherboard designed to support the LGA775 socket

    Intel CoreTM 2 Duo/Pentium D/Pentium 4/Celeron D processors for high-end business

    or personal desktop markets.

    The motherboard incorporates the 945GC Northbridge (NB) and ICH7 Southbridge

    (SB) chipsets. The Northbridge supports a Front Side Bus (FSB) frequency of 1066/

    800/533 MHz using a scalable FSB Vcc_CPU. The memory controller supports

    DDR2 memory DIMM frequencies of 667/533/400. It supports two DDR2 Sockets

    with up to maximum memory of 2 GB. DDR2 Maximum memory bandwidth of 10.7

    Gb/s in dual-channel interleaved mode using DDR2 667 MHz. High resolution graphics

    via two PCI Express slots, intended for Graphics Interface, is fully compliant to

    the PCI Express Base Specification revision 1.0a.

    The ICH7 Southbridge supports two PCI slots which are PCI 2.3 compliant. It

    implements an EHCI compliant interface that provides 480 Mb/s bandwidth for

    eight USB 2.0 ports. One onboard IDE connector supports 2 IDE devices in Ultra

    ATA 100/66/33 mode. The Southbridge integrates a Serial ATA host controller that

    is SATA 1.0a compliant, supporting four SATA ports with maximum transfer rate up

    to 3.0 Gb/s each.

    The motherboard is equipped with advanced full set of I/O ports in the rear panel,

    including PS/2 mouse and keyboard connectors, COM1, LPT1(optional), one VGA

    port, four USB ports, one optional LAN port and audio jacks for microphone, linein

    and line-out.

  • Mike Peluso
    Mike Peluso May 20, 2008

    1066/800/533 MHz using a scalable FSB Vcc_CPU. I do believe you after reading some forms. Here is one but I'll post the link so you can see all the posts. ( The "just" of this is you can get the fsb up to 1333 but you would need to run memory to run at 800MHz. So, is it worth upgrading you're memory to the 667 & hope the bios allows you to get at the settings to set it to 1333fsb? That's the question. You'd need to run 800MHz (as mentioned in the forms). I get the feeling that the board is not doing what it's supposed too.

    Read this.

    Pros: The price can not be beat. Runs stable. Integrated graphics is a useful feature to me since there is not much room for expansion on this matx board.
    Cons: If you are wondering what ""Supports FSB1333 processors with specific configuration"" means. It basically means that this board will overclock itself to support the 1333fsb. This is not problem. However, 1333 processor needs memory that runs at 800mhz to run up to speed and this board only goes up to 667. My E6650 @2.33ghz runs at 1.86ghz instead. It is not that big of a problem but i wouldn't find getting what I paid for out of my processor.
    Other Thoughts: Since you overclock the board to run at 1333, your pci bus also gets overclocked from 100mhz to 133mhz if I'm correct. This rendered my pci ide controller useless. Needless to say, I'm returning the board. This is a good board, but not if you're buying it for your new 1333fsb processor.

    Read the form.

    Again, let me know you're thought's.

    (Can you return the board for not running as stated)? (Just a thought!




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