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Gigabyte 8INXP E7205 Motherboard Review - Conclusion

Since the rocky inception of Intel's Pentium 4 processor, we have seen a lot of solid chipsets and products from most manufacturers who have extracted everything out of the processor and given us an array of wonderful workings. The newest chipset to come from Intel is the codename Granite Bay E7205 which adds AGP 8x and dual channel DDR to an already very workable platform. Come join Cameron "Sov" Johnson as he takes a look at Gigabyte's 8INXP motherboard which is based on this very chipset!

| Editorials in Motherboards | Posted: Dec 19, 2002 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.5%Manufacturer: Gigabyte Technology

Conclusion

 

All we can say is this board rules. E7205 on the desktop platform is one of the best things ever for the Intel Pentium 4. No more needing expensive RDRAM to take full advantage of the Pentium 4's high speed bus, now you can get it with cheaper, mainstream Dual Channel DDR memory.

 

Gigabyte has made a super adoption on this chipset. The stability and overclocking are unbelievable. Out test system was able to hit 182Mhz FSB with an extremely stable operating memory and CPU system.

 

Feature wire, the Gigabyte board has some superb features like Dual RAID, Dual BIOS, Gigabit Ethernet and Dual Power systems. Firewire would have been nice for this board but we can't have everything.

 

In all Gigabyte have put together a board that is more than worthy of a full 10 out of 10, but with a few minor gripes in hand we can't give it perfect rating this time - but we can give it the next best thing.

 

Pros

 

Fast

 

Stable

 

Overclockable

 

Dual RAID

 

Dual BIOS

 

Gigabit Ethernet

 

Dual Power

 

Cons

 

12V aux power connector placed poorly

 

No Firewire

 

Rating: 9.5 out of 10 and TweakTown Editors Choice Award

 

 

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