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Gigabyte EP35-DS4 Review

Makaveli    -   March 24, 2008
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Conclusion:

In my mind, the Gigabyte EP35-DS4 is an average motherboard. Overall, it kept up with most of the motherboards, but rarely beat out all the competition. This motherboard did about the same as the Foxconn Mars, which also has a P35 chipset. This EP35-DS4 did nothing to distinguish itself from the competition, so I can't recommend it over any of them. With this motherboard, I was able to achieve a 455 x 7 (3.18GHz) overclock, which is decent, but nothing extraordinary. I almost expected the EP35-DS4 to go above 470 since the Gigabyte EX38-DS4 that I tested did 466 without a problem. On the plus side, the Dynamic Energy Saver worked yet again, shaving off about 20 watts from my idle and load readouts. This P35 chipset runs a little bit hotter than the X38 chipset; this really surprised me since I had this impression that the Silent Pipe technology would not only make the motherboard silent, but also cool it more efficiently. The Gigabyte EP35-DS4 is not a bad motherboard at all, but it doesn't really stand out from the crowd. Nevertheless, if you're in the market for a P35 motherboard and you find a great deal on this EP35-DS4 motherboard, don't hesitate to pick it up.

 

Pros:

  • Dynamic Energy Saver
  • P35 Chipset
  • SilentPipe Technology

 

Cons:

  • Dynamic Energy Saver (Only works at stock frequencies)
  • Average Performance

 

 




  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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