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GIGABYTE GA-7PESH3 (Intel C602) Workstation Motherboard Review

GIGABYTE GA-7PESH3 (Intel C602) Workstation Motherboard Review
GIGABYTE unleashes a dual-CPU workstation motherboard equipped with enough PCIe lanes to run four video cards and SAS storage options. Let's check it out.
By: William Harmon | Motherboards in IT/Datacenter | Posted: Apr 7, 2014 2:00 pm
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: GIGABYTE





Long known for making excellent enthusiast class motherboards, GIGABYTE is now using that knowledge on a dual-socket 2011 workstation class board called the GA-7PESH3.


Workstation class motherboards demand high reliability and excellent performance, which is something GIGABYTE is well known for.


This motherboard has a large amount of features, so let us look what this motherboard has to offer. The latest BIOS version R14 supports the Intel Xeon Processor E5-2600 V2 family. This includes the E5-2697 V2, which has 12 cores/24 threads.


This motherboard supports four-way SLI and CrossFireX, and it can also handle NVIDIA Tesla, Intel Xeon Phi co-processors, NVIDIA Quadro, and AMD FirePro cards. For storage options, the GA-7PESH3 includes eight SAS 6Gb/s ports.


Let us look at what you get in the retail package.







Here we see the front of the retail box, which shows that this motherboard is SLI, VMWare and Red Hat certified.




Looking at the back of the retail box, we see the main attributes of the product, which is reliability, availability, and serviceability.




Opening the box, we see the motherboard in an antistatic bag and foam inserts to protect the motherboard.




After we remove the motherboard and cardboard insert, we find all the motherboard accessories underneath.




The accessories in the retail package include:


- Six SATA connectors

- One USB expansion via header

- One USB 3.0 expansion via header




Additional accessories are the back I/O plate and SLI and Crossfire bridges.




Also included in the accessory package is a quick reference guide and a driver disk.

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