Gigabyte GA-EP45T-Extreme Motherboard Review

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Test Setup

Gigabyte GA-EP45T-Extreme Review

The testbed used included Vista Ultimate 32-bit, Nvidia 177.19 video drivers, and the latest F3B BIOS from Gigabyte. The CPU was run at 3.0GHz and the memory run at 1333MHz with 6-6-6-18-2T timings at 1.9v. For the stock runs I used the Intel QX9650 stock heatsink and for the overclocked runs I used a K|ngp|n F1 Extreme Edition with liquid nitrogen. For the max FSB the 1:1 divider was utilized with 10-10-10-30-2T timings to remove the memory from being a bottleneck. Vcore was kept at 1.2v for the default tests, 1.425v for the air-cooled overclocked results, and 1.85v for the liquid nitrogen overclocked results. The 8800GT was run at its stock speed of 700MHz core, 1680MHz shaders, and 920MHz memory.

Intel Test Platform

Component

Brand/Model

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Processor

Intel Core 2 Duo E8400

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Motherboard

Gigabyte GA-EP45T-Extreme

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Memory

Corsair PC3-14400C7 Dominator 2x1GB

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Video Card

Gigabyte 8800GT

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Hard Drive

Seagate 7200.10 320GB

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Cooling

E8400 Box Cooler

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Power Supply

OCZ 700w GameXStream

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Operating System

Windows Vista Ultimate

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