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Gigabyte EP35-DS4 Review

Makaveli    -   March 24, 2008
Category: Motherboards
Price: $169.99 USD
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Introduction:

In all reality, you want a motherboard with a chipset that gives you what you need. For example, some chipsets are better for overclocking, while others are not. My older Abit 680i board was absolutely amazing for overclocking, but my new Gigabyte X38 did not reach quite as high a frontside bus speed. There are so many chipsets out there today, where do we start looking? What about the P35 chipset? How will that chipset do in terms of performance and overclocking? Let's find out.

The Gigabyte EP35-DS4 is a new revision of the P35-DS4 from Gigabyte. One major difference between these two motherboards is that this motherboard features the all new Dynamic Energy Saving technology from Gigabyte. What this means is that this motherboard uses top quality and highly efficient components that can give you up to 70% CPU power savings and up to 20% improved CPU power efficiency. I had a good experience with this Dynamic Energy Saver the last time I used it. Hopefully, this board doesn't alter my opinion of the Dynamic Energy Saving technology. Join me as I thoroughly examine this Gigabyte EP35-DS4 motherboard.

 

Closer Look:

The box that the Gigabyte EP35-DS4 comes packaged in is almost identical to the box that the EX38-DS4 motherboard came in. You'll find the major features on the front of the box, while on the back of the box, Gigabyte goes more in depth, explaining the motherboard's features. Once you open the box, you'll find the accessories resting on top of the motherboard. Everything is securely held in place by a piece of cardboard. The motherboard is wrapped in anti-static material to insure the board doesn't get exposed to static during shipping and handling.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let's completely unwrap the Gigabyte EP35-DS4 to get a closer look at it.




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Motherboard)
  3. Closer Look (Bundled Accessories)
  4. Closer Look (The BIOS)
  5. Closer Look (The BIOS Continued)
  6. Configuration (Drivers & Programs)
  7. Specifications & Features
  8. Testing (Setup, Overclocking)
  9. Testing: Apophysis, WinRAR
  10. Testing: SPECview, PCMark Vantage
  11. Testing: Sandra XII Professional
  12. Testing: ScienceMark, HDTune, Cinebench
  13. Testing: Crysis
  14. Testing: Knights Of The Sea
  15. Testing: Bioshock
  16. Testing: Call of Duty 4
  17. Testing: World In Conflict
  18. Testing: Call of Juarez
  19. Testing: Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts
  20. Testing: 3DMark06
  21. Testing: Dynamic Energy Saver
  22. Conclusion
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