Gigabyte EP35-DS4 ReviewMakaveli - March 24, 2008
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The Gigabyte EP35-DS4 is an ATX motherboard that uses the P35 chipset from Intel. As you can see, this motherboard features the "SilentPipe" technology from Gigabyte that insures the pipes are silent at all times. The PWM, northbridge, and southbridge are all connected by the same set of pipes. Gigabyte also placed a few stickers on the motherboard to remind you of some of its key features.
On the rear I/O panel, you'll find a PS/2 port for both the mouse and keyboard, a coaxial S/PDIF Out connector, one optical S/PDIF Out connector, two IEEE 1394a ports, one RJ-45 LAN port, and six audio jacks for 7.1 audio. This motherboard also has eight USB connectors; two are USB 1.1 and the other six are USB 2.0. I always like to see two LAN ports on a motherboard's rear I/O panel, but other than that, this motherboard has a decent amount of connectors.
This EP35-DS4 features two PCI-E x16 slots that support ATI's CrossfireX technology. The board also houses three PCI-E x1 slots and two PCI expansion slots. The battery and clear CMOS jumper are located in between the PCI-E x16 slots. This could be an issue for users who will be using ATI's Crossfire technology because in order to get to the battery and clear CMOS jumper, you'll need to remove one of the two cards you have installed. This is certainly not an issue for single GPU users.
This EP35 has eight SATA II 3GB/s connectors on board. This is the most SATA connectors that I've seen on one of my motherboards. This motherboard has one IDE port for the users who have not yet converted every drive to SATA.
The motherboard can support up to 8GB of DDR2 memory. DDR2-1200 is supported by this motherboard, but you'll have to overclock to get that. The motherboard is powered by a 24-pin power cable and you'll find a 4-pin Molex connector for you to use to draw power from your motherboard to power another device. Right next to the rear I/O panel, you'll find an 8-pin power connector for the motherboard. Four of the eight holes are covered by a cap so if you don't have an 8-pin power cable, you don't have to worry.
Now let's take a closer look at the included accessories.