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GIGABYTE EP45-Extreme Motherboard - Test System Setup and Memory Performance

By: Cameron Johnson | Socket LGA 775 in Motherboards | Posted: Sep 1, 2008 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

Test System


Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 @ 3.16GHz (9.5x333MHz)


Memory: 2x 1GB DDR2-1186 Geil (Supplied by Geil)


Hard Disk: 500GB Western Digital SE16 (Supplied by Western Digital)


Graphics Card: GIGABYTE 9800GX2 (Supplied by GIGABYTE)


Cooling: GIGABYTE 3D Galaxy II (Supplied by GIGABYTE)


Operating System: Microsoft Windows Vista SP1


Drivers: Intel INF, Forceware 175.16


Today we are comparing to the GIGABYTE P35-DQ6 motherboard, the very same platform that the new EP45-Extreme is aiming to replace. Today we hope to see if P45 is able to match P35 and hopefully surpass it.


For stock settings, we ran with the CPU at its default 333MHz FSB along with a memory setting of 800MHz which is the highest JEDEC standard and the highest official standard for P35 and P45 support. At overclocked specs, we ran the boards with a memory ratio of 1:1 while the EP45-Extreme ran with an FSB of 571MHz and our P35 managing 558MHz.


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EVEREST Ultimate Edition is an industry leading system diagnostics and benchmarking solution for enthusiasts PC users, based on the award-winning EVEREST Technology. During system optimizations and tweaking it provides essential system and overclock information, advanced hardware monitoring and diagnostics capabilities to check the effects of the applied settings. CPU, FPU and memory benchmarks are available to measure the actual system performance and compare it to previous states or other systems.


GIGABYTE EP45 Extreme Motherboard Review


GIGABYTE EP45 Extreme Motherboard Review


At stock speeds we see that the P45 is able to get a slightly higher memory speed. When overclocked, the P45 manages to shine.


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