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GIGABYTE EP43-DS3R Motherboard - Test System Setup and Memory Performance

Today GIGABYTE has its EP43 board on the chopping block, based on Intel's new mid-range chipset.

| Socket LGA 775 in Motherboards | Posted: Oct 23, 2008 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 80%      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's tests consist of the P45 based EP45-UD3, our recent addition to the TweakTown test bed and the EP43-DSR3 which we're looking at in detail today. For our stock clocking tests we ran the FSB at 333 MHz with a 9.5x multiplier and the memory at a ratio to give us 800 MHz which is the highest DDR2 spec recognised by the JEDEC.


For our overclocking tests we lowered the CPU multiplier to 6x and raised the FSB while keeping the memory as low as possible to prevent the CPU clock or memory from being the limiting factor.


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GIGABYTE EP43-DS3R Motherboard Review


GIGABYTE EP43-DS3R Motherboard Review


First off, it's into memory performance. At stock speeds both the EP43 and EP45 board are equal thanks to an identical memory controller used in both boards. When we overclock, the EP45-UD3 manages a slightly higher speed thanks to a higher FSB.


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