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Gigabyte 8INXP E7205 Granite Bay Dual Channel DDR Mainboard Review (1)
Overclocker 22 Nov 2002

8INXP

8INXP can be said one of the most exciting product of the year for Gigabyte. From the product specifications, we can see that Gigabyte has put in hours of research in bringing out something that stands out. Well, you might say that it is a marketing gimmick but I feel that it is always nice to see new innovative products once a while.

Gigabyte 8INXP promises 6 DUALs and it's WHOA! Excellent features set. On top of all the 6 Duals, it also comes with 6 channel audio and Intel Kenai 32 LAN chip for Gigabit Ethernet support.

Dual Power System (DPS)
The DPS technology is an ingenious design that gives you a power circuit with a total of 6 phases.In a DPS (Dual Power System) designed motherboard, an additional 3-phase power circuit DPVRM (Dual Power Voltage Regulator Module) daughter card is added on the motherboard. This effectively provides a more durable and stable power circuit to sustain a larger electric current of up to 150A.

Dual Logical Processor
In combination with Intel's Hyper-Threading Technology which provides 2 logical processing units in today's most advanced Intel Pentium 4 processors at 3.06GHz. It will fully extend the user's computing experience as it boosts system performance by as much as 30% more than existing processors without Hyper-Threading Technology.

Dual Channel DDR
Dual channel DDR memory architecture on an Intel Pentium 4 processor-based motherboard, delivering a high memory bandwidth up to 4.27GB/s. It gives users comparable performance to RDRAM memory which is already well known for its outstanding speed.

Dual Cooling
The Dual Cooling System consists of a DPVRM active fan sink which gives out a cool, stylish neon-blue colored light when activated, and an active fan sink located on the chipset's memory controller. With these two active fan sinks, the heat produced by the memory controller and MOSFET located on the DPVRM are greatly reduced. In addition, the airflow path is designed to drain heat out from the fan sink ditches, providing extra ventilation to the surrounding heat dissipating components. With the Dual Cooling System, it further reduces an extra 5 to 10oC as compared to other motherboards without an active fan sink.

DualBIOS
On Gigabyte motherboards with DualBIOS there are physically two BIOS chips. If the main boot up BIOS fails due to virus infection or catastrophic failure, the back up BIOS automatically takes over on the next system start up. This innovative technology assures the motherboard's stability and reliability.

Dual RAID
With Silicon Image Serial ATA and Promise RAID controller chip, provides 2 RAID functions. Providing not only RAID 0 (Data Striping) or RAID 1 (Data Mirroring) function, but it provides two additional UDMA ATA-133/100 connectors, allowing users to connect ATAPI devices such as CD-ROM, CD/RW, DVD-ROM and DVD-RAM. This provides an extra option for high-density storage devices for various usage requirements.

Specifications

Processor

- Socket 478 for Intel Pentium 4 with HT Technology

Chipset

- Intel E7205 MCH
- Intel 82801DB ICH4
- Intel Kenai 32 LAN chip
- Silicon Image Sil3112A chip
- Promise 20276 RAID controller chip
- Realtek ALC650E Audio AC'97 CODEC
- Super I/O: ITE I/O IT8712F chip
- 2 x 4M bit flash ROM
 

FSB

- 533/400 MHz FSB.

Memory

- Type: Dual DDR200/266 ECC support
- Max capacity: Up to 4 GB by 4 DIMM slots
 

Internal I/O Connectors

- 1 x FDD
- 2 x Serial ATA
- 2 x UDMA ATA 133/100/66 Bus Master IDE
- 2 x UDMA ATA 100/66 Bus Master IDE
- 2 x USB 2.0 (4 ports by cable with rear USB bracket)
- S/P DIF input/output (with rear bracket)
- 3 x cooling fan pin headers
- CD/AUX in
 

Expansion Slots

- 1 x AGP 8x
- 5x PCI (PCI 2.2 compliant)
- 1 x Dual Power System slot
 

Rear Panel

- 2 x USB 2.0 ports
- 1 x RJ45 LAN port
- 1 x LPT
- 2 x COM ports
- Audio (1 x Line-in / 1 x Line-out / 1 x MIC) connector
- PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse connector
- 1 x Game/Midi port
 

CPU/AGP/DIMM Settings

- CPU FSB / Multiplier / Vcore Voltage adjustable via BIOS
- AGP Voltage / Clock adjustable via BIOS
- DIMM Voltage / Clock adjustable via BIOS
 

Hardware Monitoring

- System health status auto-detect and report by BIOS
- H/W detect and report power-in voltage, CPU voltage, and Fan speed.
 

Form Factor

- ATX
- 30.5cm x 24.4cm
 

Other Features

- GIGABYTE patented DualBIOS
- IDE #1-#4, SCSI, LS120, ZIP, CD-ROM and USB bootable.
- Suspend to RAM (STR)
- Supports USB KB / MS wake up from S3
 

Bundle Softwares

- Norton Internet Security
. Norton Anti Virus
. Norton Personal Firewall
. Norton Privacy Control
. Norton Parental Control
. Ad Blocking

- GIGABYTE Windows Utility Manager
- Adobe Acrobat Reader
- Adobe Acrobat e-Book Reader
- IAA (Intel
Application Accelerator)
- Direct X 8.1
 

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