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Gigabyte EP45-Extreme Review


Closer Look:

The green camouflaged box is just an outer shell for the motherboard. Once you take the black box out of the shell, you’ll need to open that up to get to the Gigabyte EP-45 Extreme motherboard and its accessories. The motherboard is encased in a plastic shell, to securely hold it in place, while the accessories come packaged in a black box that can be opened from either end.












There's an abundance of accessories that are included with the Gigabyte EP-45 Extreme motherboard. Inside of the accessory box, you’ll find a manual, hardware installation guide, CPU installation guide, driver CD, three stickers, an IDE cable, floppy cable, four SATA cables, rear I/O shield, eSATA bracket, IEEE 1394 bracket, an eSATA power cable, and a power cord. That’s quite a list, huh? Gigabyte never ceases to amaze me with the abundance of accessories they include with their products.



Take a closer look at the rear I/O shield, IEEE 1394 bracket, eSATA bracket, and the eSATA power cable and power cord. Most of these are included in every Gigabyte motherboard that I’ve tested, and they do prove to be quite useful in my setup.




Now, let’s take a closer look at the Gigabyte EP-45 Extreme motherboard itself.

  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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