Gigabyte sure has come a long way very quickly in the last little
while. Here in North America, they were a relatively unknown company even just a
few years ago who dealt more with OEM's the the retail market. Now Gigabyte have
literally flooded the market with their products; whatever you want, Gigabyte
can suit your needs.
The Gigabyte 8PENXP performed very well in all the benchmarks that we threw
at it, often it would perform close to the more expensive i875P based
motherboards. If you feel the need to overclock, the motherboard is also quite
willing, our particular test sample was able to hit a nice 225 MHz FSB while
using a P4 3.0C processor.
The list of standard equipment is also quite impressive with Serial
ATA/Serial ATA RAID, Ultra/133 IDE RAID, 5.1 audio, IEEE 1394, Intel CSA Gigabit
LAN and Dual BIOS's you're pretty much set! There are five PCI slots and one 8x
AGP Pro port for your expansion needs. The software that accompanies the
motherboard is actually useful (imagine that...) and includes one of the better
virus checkers out there in Norton Anti-Virus 2003!
The layout of the motherboard is excellent and even novice users will have no
problems installing this board into their case! About the only thing we can
complain about is the missing Clear CMOS jumpers. Soldering two solder points to
clear the CMOS is not very handy and I know, I had to clear the CMOS a few
times during testing.
Gigabyte has done an excellent job with their P4 Titan 8PENXP, if you were to
buy this board you'd certainly be very happy!
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