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Gigabyte GA-8IPE1000 Pro2 i865PE Motherboard Review

Gigabyte GA-8IPE1000 Pro2 i865PE Motherboard Review  - PCSTATS
Abstract: The GA-8IPE1000 Pro2 is PAT enabled with it's special MIB (Memory Intelligent Booster), and as you'll see in the benchmarks the board is indeed very speedy!
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External Mfg. Website: Gigabyte Nov 25 2003   Colin Sun  
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Overclocking and BIOS

While CIA is fine and good for the novice user, the more experienced overclocker will certainly turn that feature off. For our tests we slowly started to raise the FSB; 205MHz and 210 MHz came and went very easily. At 213 MHz FSB we had a few stability problems and had to raise the memory voltage to 2.8V to stabilize things.

We continued in our overclocking journey and at 217 MHz FSB we ran into problems yet again this time we had to raise the CPU voltage to 1.6V to keep everything happy.

At 223 MHz FSB it seems the Corsair XMS3500CAS2 DIMM's maxed out and we had to enable the 5:4 memory divider. In the end the board seemed to be a pretty decent overclocker, hitting a maximum speed at 230 MHz FSB.

By default Gigabyte hides the Advanced Chipset Features, to enable access to them one must first press CTRL+F1. Once inside we have all the usual memory tweaks we'd expect from a motherboard: CAS Latency, Active to Precharge Delay and RAS to CAS.

At the bottom we have our i865PE/i875P options like Command Per Clock, Fast Chip Select and Dynamic Paging. MIB is Gigabyte's name for PAT and you can enable or disable it. During testing it was enabled and the board ran flawlessly.

The motherboard has the FSB speeds from 100-355 MHz in 1 MHz increments. You can independently tune the AGP/PCI/SRC and you also have the usual memory dividers. Memory voltage can go as high as 2.8V, AGP to 1.8V and CPU to 1.76V.

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Contents of Article: Gigabyte GA-8IPE1000 Pro2
 Pg 1.  Gigabyte GA-8IPE1000 Pro2 i865PE Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Layout and Details
 Pg 3.  The Dual BIOS and CIA
 Pg 4.  — Overclocking and BIOS
 Pg 5.  System Spec's and Overclocking
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: Winbench 99, SiSoft Sandra 2003
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: PCMark2002, 3DMark2001
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: AquaMark3, Quake III Arena
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: UT2003, Conclusions

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