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Gigabyte EP45-Extreme Review

Makaveli    -   August 17, 2008
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Specifications:

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

Quad-core / Core 2 Extreme / Core 2 Duo / Pentium
(Note) This motherboard is designed with VRD11.1 power phase, and cannot be compatible with VRD10 designed CPU. Please refer to "CPU Support List" for details.

 
 
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 x4
1
PCI Express x1
1
PCI Slots
3
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
4 x Realtek 8111C
Max LAN Speed

Dual 10/100/1000Mbps
Support for Teaming

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 USB
2 x USB 2.0/1.1 Headers
Onboard 1394
3 x 1394a
Physical Spec
 
Form Factor
ATX
Dimensions
12.0” x 9.6”
Power Pin
24 Pin
Packaging Contents

GA-EP45-EXTREME
Driver Disk
User Manual
Rear I/O Panel Shield
IDE/PATA Cable
FDD Cable
SATA Cable
IEEE 1394 Bracket
eSATA Bracket
eSATA Cable & Power Cord
Chipset Heatsinks

 

 

Features:

  • Hybrid Silent-Pipe Delivering Maximum Cooling From Both Air and Water Cooling
  • 80 Port Debug LED, Overclock, Overvoltage and Over Temperature Alert LEDs
  • Hardware Overvoltage Control ICs
  • 12 +2+2 Power Phases for CPU VRM, North Bridge and Memory
  • New GIGABYTE Dynamic Energy Saver Advanced
  • Dual BIOS™- Patented Dual Hardware BIOS Protection
  • EasyTune6 Overclocking Utility

-Information sourced from Newegg.com and Gigabyte's website: http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/News/Motherboard/News_List.aspx?NewsID=1399




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