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Gigabyte EP45-DS3R Review

Makaveli    -   September 10, 2008
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Specifications:

Model
GA-EP45-DS3R
CPU Socket Type
LGA 775
CPU Type

Quad-core / Core 2 Extreme / Core 2 Duo / Pentium

 
 
FSB
1600/1333MHz
North Bridge
Intel P45
South Bridge
Intel ICH10R
Number of Memory Slots
4 x 240 pin
Memory Standard
DDR2 1200
Maximum Memory Supported
16GB
Dual Channel Supported
Yes
PCI Express 2.0 x16

1 x PCI Express x16 slot
1 x PCI Express x8 slot
(The PCIEx16 and PCIEx8 slots support ATI CrossFireX technology and conform to PCI Express 2.0 standard.)

PCI Express x1
3
PCI Slots
2
Storage Devices
 
PATA
1 x ATA100 2 Dev. Max
SATA 3GB/s
6
SATA RAID
0/1/5/10
Onboard Video
 
Onboard Video Chipset
None
Onboard Sound
 
Audio Chipset
Realtek ALC889A
Audio Channels
8 Channels
LAN Chipset
2 x Realtek 8111C
Max LAN Speed

Dual 10/100/1000Mbps

Rear Panel Ports
 
PS/2
2
USB
8 x USB 2.0

S/PDIF

1 x Optical, 1 x Coaxial
Audio Ports
6 Ports
Onboard IEEE 1394a 2 Ports
Onboard USB
4 x USB 2.0
Onboard 1394
1 x 1394a
Physical Spec
 
Form Factor
ATX
Dimensions
12.0” x 9.6”
Power Pin
24 Pin
Packaging Contents
GA-EP45-DS3R
Driver Disk
User Manual
Rear I/O Panel Shield
IDE/PATA Cable
FDD Cable
SATA Cable
eSATA Bracket
eSATA Cable & Power Cord

 

 

Features:

  • Revolution energy saving design with DES Advanced featuring hardware based Dynamic 6-Gear switching
  • Supports 45nm Intel® Core™ 2 multi-core processors with FSB 1600 MHz
  • Dual channel DDR2 1333+ for remarkable system performance
  • 2 PCI-E 2.0 x16 graphic interface with CrossFireX support for ultimate graphics performance
  • Built-in TPM chip with 2048bits encryption to highest level digital data protection
  • 2 Gigabit Ethernet LAN with Teaming functionality
  • Supports Dolby Home Theater® audio to create a stunning surround sound listening experience.
  • DualBIOS solution gives a multiple security to the system
  • Hardware Overvoltage Control IC Provides more voltage control options on CPU, North bridge and memory
  • Blu-ray playback outputs supported by high quality 106dB SNR ALC889A HD audio

-Information sourced from Newegg.com and Gigabyte's website: http://www.gigabyte.us/Products/Motherboard/Products_Overview.aspx?ProductID=2842




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