From the comparison between the rest of
the boards, Gigabyte 8PE667 is quite a good performer. In fact, it's
performance is as good as the Intel's original board. During our tests,
even though we tune the timings to aggressive, the board still performs
reasonably fast and stable.
GA-8PE667 Ultra does have quite a lot
of features on board like 6 ch audio, RAID, Ethernet, 10 USB ports etc.
The only thing that I see missing is the optional Gigabit Ethernet
Serial ATA and Firewire. Whiel Serial ATA and Gigabit Ethernet do not
have an immediate need at this moment of time, Firewire seems to be
something that needs to built onto the mainboard to complete the
This Gigabyte board has crazy
overclocking FSB from 100 ~ 355Mhz, who would run their CPU to 355Mhz?
Perhaps using liquid nitrogen. Voltages can be changed to if you want to
try out your luck in overclocking. We maintain a steady 150Mhz without
problems using the P4 2.4B.
Installation is very straightforward. I
particularly like the coloured connectors for the front panel. It really
makes life easier for DIY users who always find it troublesome to read
the manual for which pins does what. The BIOS has a hidden feature
CTRL+F1 to enable the settings of advanced timings. I still wonder why
Gigabyte hides it as most mainboards are using it as a selling
Documentation is in two manuals, one
for the board the other is for configuration of the Promise RAID. The
BIOS can also be set to work in other languages like French, German,
Chinese and Japanese. This board will also support future 3G+ cpus that
uses Hyperthreading. Other nice featrures include Anti Burn to prevent
burning if AGP 2x (3.3v) card is inserted. Easy tune 4, Dual BIOS, @
BIOS, Q-Flash, EZ-FiX AGP Slot (AGP retention mechanism) makes this
board one of the top features board available today.
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