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Gigabyte P4 Titan 8PENXP i865PE Motherboard Review

Gigabyte P4 Titan 8PENXP i865PE Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Standard features of the board consist of Serial ATA/Serial ATA RAID, Ultra 133 IDE RAID, IEEE 1394, 5.1 audio, Intel CSA enabled Gigabit LAN, dual BIOS's and Gigabyte's special DPS2.
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External Mfg. Website: Gigabyte Jul 23 2003   Colin Sun  
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Overclocking and BIOS

I've had some decent luck overclocking Gigabyte products in the last little while and was really wondering if the Gigabyte 8PENXP would continue this tradition. Starting out with a P4 3.0C at stock speeds I increased the FSB slowly...

We ran into some problems at around 213 MHz FSB but raising the memory voltage to 2.7V helped stabilize things. At 219 MHz again the memory would start giving us problems, luckily going up to 2.8V solved that. We had to enable the 5:4 memory divider otherwise the computer would lock up while running 3DMark2001SE.

In the end we hit 225 MHz FSB. Anything higher and the system would randomly crash while running benchmarks. All and all not bad.

Gigabyte BIOS:

To enter Gigabyte's Advanced Chipset Features, users must first press CTRL-F1. That will unlock these options. Gigabyte gives the end user complete control over memory timings, not just the usual CAS Latency or RAS to CAS Delay, but also Command Per Clock and Fast Chip Select options!

For those of you who want to overclock the 8PENXP allows you to adjust any FSB between 100 and 355 MHz in 1 MHz increments. You have AGP/PCI locking as well as the ability to change memory dividers. Max DRAM voltage is 2.8V, AGP voltage 1.8V and CPU voltage 1.6V. We're a bit disappointed Gigabyte didn't allow for higher voltages, those more hardcore overclockers may want to mod the motherboard.

Up next, you guessed it - benchmarks!

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Contents of Article: Gigabyte GA-8PENXP
 Pg 1.  Gigabyte P4 Titan 8PENXP i865PE Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  More on the 8PENXP
 Pg 3.  — Overclocking and BIOS
 Pg 4.  System Spec's and Benchmarks
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: Winbench 99, SiSoft Sandra 2003
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: PCMark2002, 3DMark2001SE
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: Quake III Arena, UT2003
 Pg 8.  Loaded, fast and good looking...

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