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GIGABYTE GA-EP45-DQ6 Motherboard Review

Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: Gigabyte


GIGABYTE GA-EP45-DQ6 Motherboard Review

Enthusiasts have experienced a rash of motherboard chipset releases as of late, with no shortage of such releases coming from the Intel camp alone. The new introductions have ranged from the X38, X48 and the P45. Compound that with the fact that both DDR2 and DDR3 flavors generally exist for each, and you have a large number of models making their way to the market. The P45 can be considered the spiritual successor to the P35, while playing host to a slew of new features. Intel's P45 chipset, codenamed "Eaglelake" is designed and aimed at the mainstream and performance market. The P45 chipset also brings Intel's ICH10R Southbridge to the table, and supports the latest Intel 45nm processors. Rounding out the P45 feature list is support for 1600 FSB, and DDR2 ram up to 1200Mhz, and DDR3 ram up to 1600Mhz.

GIGABYTE produces several models with the P45 chipset, among these are the GA-EP45T DQ6 (DDR3) and GA-EP45 DQ6 (DDR2). For this particular review, we will be taking a look at the GIGABYTE GA-EP45 DQ6 (DDR2) version. This is one of GIGABYTE’s higher end P45 variants. The board is stuffed full of hardware and software features, including their DES (dynamic energy saver) with 6-gears. There's the standard “Ultra Durable 2” moniker, which according to GIGABYTE stands for excellent stability and longevity, by utilizing 100% Japanese made solid capacitors, Low RDS(on) MOSFETs and Ferrite Core Chokes. GIGABYTE also goes a step beyond this, and outfits the board with two additional power phases for Northbridge and memory circuits. 

The feature list expands even further with the included Smart Backup for effortless RAID protection and data redundancy. Also, they present us with a new and unique feature, consisting of onboard diagnostic LED’s placed all over that board, that light up if an installed component is functioning incorrectly.

GIGABYTE pulls another rabbit out of its hat, by providing four Gigabit LAN’s that can be combined and act as one network connection.  If your one of those insecure types, that worries about drive data theft, GIGABYTE added a built-in TPM feature for extra security. Believe it or not, the feature list continues on from here even further.

So lets move on and take a look at the official feature rundown on this board...


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