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Gigabyte 8IXEP i845E Review (1)
Overclocker 20 May 2002

In this competitive world, manufacturers need to be innovative and package their product to secure a share of the pie. Gigabyte is no different from the rest. Being one of the top tier manufacturers in Taiwan, Gigabyte has noticed the growing trend of overclocking and the need to integrate functionalities onto their mainboards. 

Gigabyte 8IXEP is one of the new products launched. Packaged in the newly designed reflective surface colour box, it catches the attention of potential consumers. On top of that, Gigabyte also included many new features onto this new baby. Some of the new features includes new overclocking features with a full range of FSB from 100 to 355Mhz at 1Mhz stepping, a new EasyTune 4. Other than that, it also supports 3 Firewire ports, USB2.0 etc. Promise ATA-133 RAID is also available for users who wish to set it up as a local disk server. Dual BIOS, Q-flash and @BIOS are readily available for easy updating of BIOS.

Well, with such a good feature set, 8IEXP will probably be one of the boards you should look miss. In the next few pages, we will take a look at the gallery followed by benchmarks.

GA-8IEXP

Intel845E AGPset

 

PROCESSOR
Socket 478 for Intel Micro FC-PGA2 Pentium 4 processor in 478 pin package
400/533 MHz FSB
CPU multiplier: 8, 9...24 setting from BIOS
CPU Host Frequency (MHz): 100~355 setting from BIOS
CPU Vcore: 1.1V to 1.85V 30 scales setting by BIOS

CHIPSET
Intel 845E Chipset consists of Intel Memory Controller Hub (MCH) and the Intel I/O Controller Hub 2 (ICH2)
USB 2.0, Promise ATA133 w/ RAID chip and Realtek LAN PHY
Creative CT5880 5.1-channel audio chip
ITE I/O chip and Winbond Smart @I/O chip

MEMORY(DDR)
3 x 184-pin DDR DIMMs support up to 2GB of DDR 200/266 memory
Supports 64 bits data interface, 2.5V DIMM DRAM and ECC DIMM
DDR frequence overclock setting from BIOS (based on Host/DRAM clock ratio)
DDR over-voltage setting (2.5V~2.8V) from BIOS

SLOT
1 x AGP 4X slot (1.5V only) and AGP 2.0 compliant Read first!!
AGP over-voltage setting 1.5V~1.8V from BIOS
6 x PCI slots support 33MHz and PCI 2.2 compliant
1 x CNR (Communication Network Riser) slot

I/O
IDE1,IDE2 provide IDE HDD/CD-ROM with PIO mode 3,4 and Bus Master (Ultra DMA33/ATA66/ATA100) operation mode
IDE 3,IDE4 provide RAID 0 or 1 with ATA133/100 Bus Master operation mode
1 x FDD, 2 x COM, 1 x LPT, PS/2 Keyboard, PS/2 Mouse on board
1 x Joystick, 1 x Line-in, 1 x Line-out and 1 x MIC on board
4 x USB 2.0, 2 x USB 1.1 by cable and 2 x USB 1.1 on board
IrDA TX / RX header, RJ45 LAN port and case open function
Memory Stick, Security Digital and Smart Card header

POWER
ATX power connector and ATX 12V connector
Power-on by LAN, RTC, Modem and switch
Power-off by Windows 95/98/Me/2000/NT/XP shut down and switch
Supports USB device wake up

FORM FACTOR
ATX form factor, 4 layers PCB (30.6 x 24.4 cm)

H/W MONITORING
CPU/System fan revolution detect; CPU fan control
System voltage detect
CPU overheat warning


BIOS
Supports Multi-language BIOS, DualBIOS , @BIOS and Q-Flash utility
FWH(Firm Ware Hub) BIOS with enhanced ACPI feature for PC98/Win98/Me/Win2000/XP compliance, Green, PnP, DMI, INT13 (>8.4GB) and Anti-Virus functions
IDE#1~#2, SCSI, LS120, ZIP and CD-ROM bootable
Auto-detect and report system health status

OTHER FEATURES
Suspend-To-RAM (STR); Supports Wake-On-LAN (WOL)
Supports Internal / External Modem Ring On
Includes 3 fan power connectors
Poly fuse for keyboard over-current protection

DRIVER
Gigabyte Windows Utility Manager
Intel LDCM utility, Intel IAA driver
CT5880 audio driver; Promise ATA133/RAID driver, USB 2.0 driver

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