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Gigabyte 8INXP E7205 Motherboard Review - Features Continued

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

Features Continued

 

Gigabit Ethernet through Intel 82540EM

 

 

Intel recently released the new 82540EM Ethernet Controller. This new controller adds the standard features of the Pro100VE network controller with support for Gigabit over Copper Ethernet. This allows for workstation use as well as high end gamers with Gigabit Ethernet at LAN's to take full advantage of the Gigabit speeds.

 

Dual Power

 

 

Dual Power is one of Gigabyte's newest inventions. Dual Power is a riser card that is added to the 8INXP motherboard. This card has a 3 phase voltage system with a HSF installed onto the regulators to provide cooling when drawing those extra amps through the units. When this card is inserted into the expansion slot the system is given three extra phases to the voltage system, in total six phases. The motherboard functions perfectly without this unit, however, this unit allows better overclocking with a more stable voltage to the CPU. You can have this in parallel mode (3 phases + 3 phases to give 6 total phases (best for overclocking) or you can have it in backup mode. If any of the 3 phases on the motherboard fail, the ones on the riser card take over (good for redundancy).

 

External Serial ATA

 

 

This is one of the best features I have seen from a motherboard manufacturer in sometime. Due to the nature of Serial ATA, any unit on the Serial ATA channel can be Hot Swapped. This expansion card allows you to hook up a Serial ATA device up external to the system; this includes Serial ATA Hard Disks and CD Drives. Since they are hot swappable you don't need to power down the system to swap them over - excellent idea Gigabyte!

 

Overclocking

 

The 8INXP is Gigabyte's latest overclocker. You will find all the overclocking options under the Frequency/Voltage control menu. From here you get your FSB Frequency, CPU Vcore, Memory voltages, AGP voltages and divider settings

 

FSB can be set from 100 MHz up to 200 MHz in 1 MHz increments. AGP and DRAM can be adjusted up to +0.4v from standard (this means up to 2.9v DRAM and 1.8v AGP).

 

Memory frequency cannot be adjusted as it is synchronous operations only (this means its locked to the FSB speed). This is not Gigabyte's doing but Intel's as the E7205 only supports synchronous timings

 

AGP and PCI dividers can be manually set. PCI and AGP frequencies can be set to any desired speeds. You can lock them to 33/66 MHz respectively at any FSB speed. This allows maximum overclocking without overclocking the parts like PCI and AGP card that can't tolerate overclocking.

 

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