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Gigabyte EP45-Extreme Review


Closer Look:

There are four heatsinks total on this motherboard - one each on the Southbridge, Northbridge, PWM, and at the top of the motherboard for heat dissipation. The Northbridge is the most decorated heatsink, with two connections for a water cooling setup, as well as four screw holes for you to attach the heatsink that Gigabyte has included. The heatsink is about as long as a sound card, and takes up a full expansion slot by itself.













The motherboard supports Socket 775 CPUs, such as Intel's Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Quad processors. It’ll be interesting to see if this cooling setup will benefit the Gigabyte EP-45 Extreme, or if it still isn’t enough.



Now that we’ve thoroughly examined the motherboard, let’s take a look at some of the key software features of this motherboard.

  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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