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GIGABYTE EP45-UD3P Motherboard - Exclusive Review

By: Cameron Johnson | Socket LGA 775 in Motherboards | Posted: Oct 16, 2008 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 90%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


Its now time for the benchmarks. Today we have the GIGABYTE EP45-UD3P against the EP45 Extreme motherboard; both from GIGABYTE, but at different ends of the spectrum just to see if there is any major difference.


As per usual, stock speeds were done with the CPU at its stock clock rate and the DDR2 memory was set to 800MHz, which is the highest that the JEDEC recognises for DDR2. At OC we lowered the multiplier of the CPU to 6x and the memory dividers to 1:1 to prevent the memory and CPU being the limiting factor.


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GIGABYTE EP45-UD3P Motherboard Review


GIGABYTE EP45-UD3P Motherboard Review


First on the list is synthetic memory performance; GIGABYTE has unified its BIOS' so the EP45-UD3 gets the same BIOS tweaks as the Extreme board. To this end at stock both are identical in memory reads and writes. At OC there is only little difference thanks to the EP45-UD3P's high clocking abilities.


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