Gigabyte 8IPE1000 Pro 2 GT2004 - Springdale at Full Speed

Gigabyte's 8IPE1000 Pro 2 GT2004 motherboard is the first to introduce their new C.I.A and M.I.B automatic acceleration technology. Read on and see how Gigabyte takes the Intel Springdale chipset to full speed.
Cameron Johnson
Published Fri, Oct 31 2003 11:00 PM CST   |   Updated Tue, Apr 7 2020 12:25 PM CDT
Rating: 85%Manufacturer: Gigabyte

8IPE1000 Pro 2 GT2004 - Introduction

IntroductionGigabyte has become one of the biggest motherboard manufacturers in Taiwan. Starting out in the OEM sectors, Gigabyte has slowly pushed forward with their goals of becoming a name in high end and overclockers books.So far we have seen some very good motherboards come from Gigabyte, and like many, we have seen that really should have been looked at more than once and taken back to the drawing boards. One thing that has impressed us here at TweakTown is the versatility of Gigabyte, their willingness to try most of, if not all of the chipsets for each platform. We have seen SiS, Intel and VIA chipset solutions come from the Taiwan plant for Intel and AMD CPU's, Gigabyte has really opened its doors to all possibilities.With the advent of auto-overclocking and system optimization technologies which were first introduced to us by MSI, Gigabyte has now started to push a new line of motherboards known as the "GT" series.Today we look at our first motherboard in the GT series, the 8IEP1000 Pro 2. How well does this new technology fair? Let's find out.

8IPE1000 Pro 2 GT2004 - Specifications

Specifications of the 8IEP1000 Pro 2CPUSupports Intel Pentium 4 1.4GHz ~ 2GHz mPGA 478 CPU WillametteSupports Intel Pentium 4 2.0GHz ~ 2.8GHz mPGA 478 Northwood (400FSB)Supports Intel Pentium 4 2.2GHz ~ 3.06GHz mPGA 478 Northwood (533FSB)Supports Intel Pentium 4 3.0GHz ~ 3.2Ghz mPGA 478 Northwood (800FSB)Supports Intel Celeron 1.7GHz ~ 2.8Ghz mPGA 478 Willamette-128 (400FSB)ChipsetIntel i865PE with HT i828456E Northbridgei82801EB SouthbridgeIntel Hub Architecture @ 266MB/sBus Frequency100/133/200MHz Internal400/533/800MHz ExternalNetburst Micro ArchitectureExpansion Slots1 AGP 4x5 PCIExpansion Ports1 PS2 Keyboard Port1 PS2 Mouse Port8 USB 2.0 Ports (4 rear accessible, 4 via expansion bracket)2 Serial Ports 1 Parallel Port3 Stereo Audio Ports 1 Game Port (via expansion bracket)Special FeaturesBIOS overclocking control of FSB, voltages.Onboard Intel Gigabit EthernetC.I.A TechnologyM.I.B Technology

8IPE1000 Pro 2 GT2004 - Features

Features of the 8IEP1000 Pro 2- Package and Contents
Gigabyte has started a new packaging line for its new GT series boards. This new box is rather dark with a Ferrari decal with the model number on the bottom and information on the major features the new GT series supports, including information on C.I.A and M.I.B.Gigabyte provides the motherboard, user manual that covers the entire 8IPE1000 series, Driver CD, USB 2.0 expansion bracket, decal sticker for easy reference to jumpers and a information booklet explaining in more detail the features of the C.I.A and M.I.B technologies.- Layout - High's and Low's
Now we come to the part we all like, the motherboard itself. Gigabyte hasn't changed the PCB design in regards to its I865PE and I865G series. It doesn't feature the Dual Power system onboard, so this connector has been removed and a forth phase power system has been added instead to allow for heavy voltage Pentium 4 CPU's. As far as expansion slots go, you get your standard AGP port supporting revision 3.0 specs. Just in case you have been living on mars and don't know, Revision 3 specs are for AGP 4x 1.5v cards or AGP 8x 0.9v cards only. Older TNT and such cards will not work but will simply fry the chipset.Gigabyte has been doing this for some time, while it is now standard, it is still a great feature - color coded DIMMs. Setting up 128bit memory can be confusing for the uninitiated. Gigabyte has two orange slots and two purple slots. This tells you what two DIMMs slots have to be matched in order to get 128bit memory mode operational. The placement and arrangement of the connectors is something that Gigabyte has done a reasonable job at. The IDE connectors are located behind the DIMM sockets, which keeps the cables up high enough to reach the top of most full tower cases as well as keep the bulky IDE cables out of the air flow from the front of the case. Above these two are the FDD and 20 pin power connectors. The benefit of this is the same as the IDE connectors. The 4 pin connector is placed between the Northbridge and the I/O panel, making it a bit of a pain with the 4 pin cable being routed around the CPU heatsink assembly.
- ChipsetGigabyte has given the job of running this baby to the Intel 865PE chipset with the ICH5 Southbridge. Gigabyte has chosen this chipset for two major reasons. Firstly the I865PE has become a great overclocker's partner. Its performance is on par with that of the I875P chipset, and with all the major functions that makes the I875P so popular, why pay more? The second reason is simply for the power and features the I865PE produces, again why pay for the higher priced I875P chipset? Gigabyte has put a large gold colored heatsink onto the Northbridge with a slow RPM fan to keep the noise to a reasonable level while providing some very good cooling for the Northbridge when pushed to its limits.
For a value product, this is definitely a great addition to the mix, Gigabit Ethernet. With the 865PE supporting the CSA bus, it is a great addition to see the Intel CSA network controller in use. The Pro1000 CT Network controller chip has been included on the CSA bus to give 10/100/1000 Ethernet support.
Yet again, Gigabyte has pushed as much onto the PCB as they possibly can at a very low price. While the VIA VT6306 or VT6307 Firewire controllers are cheaper, Gigabyte has chosen the Texas Instruments 3 port Firewire controller chip.
- Revised Dual BIOSIt wouldn't be a Gigabyte motherboard without Dual BIOS technology. While this is nothing new, something that has been added to the system requires a bit of explanation - this being the new C.I.A and M.I.B technology. C.I.A or CPU Intelligent Accelerator, as it is known, is Gigabyte's new Automatic CPU load throttling system. How it works is very simple. A new IC chip is added to the motherboard, similar to MSI Core Cell. This chip is designed to monitor CPU utilization during software applications. When the CPU reaches a certain percentage of utilization, the C.I.A system automatically adjusts the CPU core voltage and FSB in order to slightly overclock the CPU. After the applications using all the CPU utilizations has finished, the C.I.A will return the CPU back to its original voltage and bus speed. This technology can be enabled and disabled within the BIOS.M.I.B or Memory Intelligent Booster technology is designed similar to the C.I.A system. The M.I.B system also resides in the same IC as the C.I.A. The Memory Booster is designed to optimize data transmissions between the CPU, memory and AGP system for up to 10% boost in memory performance. During our testing, we didn't notice very much difference in memory bandwidth scores; in fact it was so minimal that it wasn't worth a separate graph on our benchmarks.

8IPE1000 Pro 2 GT2004 - Overclocking

OverclockingGigabyte uses a standard Award BIOS which controls its overclocking options.Under the Frequency/Voltage control menu is where you will find all your overclocking and optimization settings. Under this menu you can change your CPU Ratio (providing it is unlocked), CPU BUS Frequency, AGP/PCI clock control, Memory frequency, DIMM overvolt, AGP overvolt and CPU overvolt.CPU ratio can be changed from 8x up to 25x providing your CPU is unlocked; if it is locked, the frequency will stay at its default and BIOS will not let you select this option.CPU BUS frequency is simply your FSB adjustments. You can change the bus speed from 100MHz up to 355MHz in 1MHz increments. APG/PCI dividers can be locked to their specific defaults to allow the best and stable overclock. Memory frequency dividers can be changed depending on your CPU FSB. If you are running a 400MHz FSB or 533MHz FSB, your memory options are 266 or 333MHz. If you are running a new 800MHz CPU, you get 266MHz, 333MHz and 400MHz.Now we come to our voltages which I must say I was quite disappointed in. DIMM overvolt allows you to raise the DRAM voltage from its default of 2.5 up to either +0.1v, +0.2v or +0.3v. At max setting this only gives you 2.8v. While this can give a reasonable overclock, 3.0v+ is the expected norm for overclockers now.AGP overvolt allows you to change your AGP signal voltage from its default of 1.5v for AGP 4x card or 0.9v for AGP 8x card up to a max of +0.3v. This comes in handy only if you overclock your AGP and PCI buses.CPU voltage options are from your default voltage up to 1.76v in 0.025v increments. This does allow a reasonable voltage selection for Pentium 4 CPU's.

8IPE1000 Pro 2 GT2004 - Benchmarks - Test System Setup and SiSoft Sandra 2004

Test System SetupProcessor: Intel Pentium 4 3.2GHz (800MHz FSB) (Supplied by Spectrum Communications)Memory: 2x Kingmax 256MB DDR-433 (Supplied by Kingmax Australia)Hard Disk: Western Digital WD80 7200RPM (Supplied by Techbuy)Graphics Card: ATI Radeon 9700 Pro (Supplied by ATI)Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP1Drivers: ATI Catalyst 3.8SiSoft Sandra 2004SiSoft Sandra (the System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) 2004 is a synthetic windows benchmark that features different tests used to evaluate different PC subsystems.
Here we see the GT 2004 keeping pace with some of the best motherboards available to-date.

8IPE1000 Pro 2 GT2004 - Benchmarks - 3DMark2001SE

3DMark2001SE3DMark 2001 SE is a part of the popular 3DMark series. By combining DirectX 8.1 support with completely new graphics (including the GeForce4), it continues to provide benchmark results that empower you to make informed hardware assessments.
Again the GT 2004 is able to keep the pace up at all three resolutions.

8IPE1000 Pro 2 GT2004 - Benchmarks - 3DMark03

3DMark033DMark 20003 is the latest installment in the popular 3DMark series. By combining DirectX 9 support with completely new graphics (including the GeForce FX and ATI Radeon 9800), it continues to provide benchmark results that empower you to make informed hardware assessments.
Here we see the GT 2004 just able to take a slight lead.

8IPE1000 Pro 2 GT2004 - Benchmarks - PCMark2002

PCMark2002PCMark2002 is a multipurpose benchmark, suited for benchmarking all kinds of PCs, from laptops to workstations, as well as across multiple Windows operating systems. This easy-to-use benchmark makes professional strength benchmarking software available even to novice users. PCMark2002 consists of a series of tests that represent common tasks in home and office programs. PCMark2002 also covers many additional areas outside the scope of other benchmarks.
Here again the GT 2004 equals on CPU but nudges ahead on memory.

8IPE1000 Pro 2 GT2004 - Benchmarks - Code Creatures

Code CreaturesCode Creatures is a Synthetic benchmark based on Direct X 8 which gives users the chance to see another highly involved benchmark program. Focusing on 2 elements Grass and Water video cards are stressed to the limit resulting in quite low scoring benchmarks. Users get to see a more intensive side of DirectX 8 thanks to the engine behind Code Creatures.
Code Creatures equals the GT 2004 against the IS7 and pulls ahead of the MSI 865PE Neo2.

8IPE1000 Pro 2 GT2004 - Benchmarks - Comanche 4

Comanche 4Comanche 4 is a helicopter simulation using the DirectX 8.1 graphics interface. It is used to test the memory and 3D sub systems of a motherboard and video processor. Any weaknesses will show up through this intensive benchmark.
Here the GT 2004 pulls slightly ahead of the other contenders.

8IPE1000 Pro 2 GT2004 - Benchmarks - Quake 3 Arena

Quake 3 ArenaQuake III Arena is a real-world OpenGL benchmark that we have been using here at TweakTown for quite a while now because it has proven itself to be one of the best gaming benchmarks around to compare a wide range of different products. Quake III is getting very old, but is still the best way of testing video and PC systems for any instabilities and best performance.
Again too close to call a winner.

8IPE1000 Pro 2 GT2004 - Benchmarks - Jedi Knight II

Jedi Knight IIJedi Knight II, Jedi Outcast is an OpenGL game that many have been waiting for. It has much improved graphics over its predecessor. It fully supports advanced shaders, as well as very high texture resolutions and effects. There is one demo included in the multi-player section that is good for benchmarking use.
Jedi Knight II pushed the GT 2004 back to second place.

8IPE1000 Pro 2 GT2004 - Benchmarks - Unreal Tournament 2003

Unreal Tournament 2003Unreal Tournament 2003 continues the success that Unreal Tournament generated as an online game and benchmark. UT2003 pulls all of its weight on to the 3D and Memory subsystems, pushing graphics reality to the maximum is its game, and you need some serious power to gain playable scores with this game.
In our final test Gigabyte is able to once again hold out against some tuff competition.

8IPE1000 Pro 2 GT2004 - Conclusion

ConclusionIt now seems that companies are starting to push forward on new automatic overclocking and optimization systems as a way to boost system performance without actually physically "Overclocking". With specifications allowing for small leeway in bus and voltage specs, it's only natural for companies to squeeze every last drop out of the spec speeds.Gigabyte is the second company to bring optimization control to the desktop board, with MSI being the first with Core Cell. We see the GT technology as a step forward that most motherboard manufacturers will start to adopt as a selling point to the lesser informed PC users. This is one of Gigabyte's best value motherboards that has been released for quite some time. Overclocking features were a mixed bag - great FSB selections and CPU voltage options were only soured by the low DIMM voltages. Overall Gigabyte has put out a good motherboard for its starting line in the GT 2004 family that is due to come.-ProsFastStableC.I.A and M.I.B technologyRelatively inexpensiveFirewireNative Serial ATACSA Gigabit Ethernet- ConsLow maximum DIMM voltage4 pin power connector needs thoughtRating - 8.5 out of 10 and TweakTown's Best Value Award

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