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Gigabyte GA-8GPNXP Duo 915P Motherboard Review

Gigabyte GA-8GPNXP Duo 915P Motherboard Review  - PCSTATS
Abstract: Along side the Socket 775 Pentium 4 the GA-8GPNXP Duo will support up to 4GB of DDR-2 or DDR memory (though not at the same time); which is one the nicer features of the 915P chipset.
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External Mfg. Website: Gigabyte Oct 09 2004   Max Page  
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The Blue BIOS and test System Spec's

To access the advanced chipset features you must first press CTRL + F1. Once inside there's only one option to turn DDR compatibility mode on or off. During testing we found that this switch was a bit redundant as the system worked perfectly fine with DDR memory and DDR compatibility mode disabled.

In the MB Intelligent Tweaker we can enable Gigabyte's dynamic overclocker. FSB speeds can be tuned from 200-355 MHz, in 1 MHz increments. Memory dividers become available when DDR2 memory is used, and they are in sizes of 1:1 and 6:5. When DDR memory is used the memory dividers include 1:1, 4:5 and 2:3. Memory voltages can go up a maximum 0.3V, PCI-E 0.3V and CPU 0.2125V. As you can see, the memory timing adjustments are also found in the configuration screen.

PCStats Test System Specs:
Processor:

Intel Pentium 4 3.2E

Clock Speed:

16 x 200 MHz = 3.2 GHz

16 x 216 MHz = 3.46 GHz

Motherboards:

Gigabyte GA-8ANXP-D (925X)
Albatron Mars PX915G Pro (i915G)
Gigabyte GA-8GPNXP (915P)

Videocard:

Gigabyte GV-NX57128D*

Memory:

2x 256MB Corsair TwinX 3200LL
2x 256MB Samsung PC3700 (DDR2)

Hard Drive: 40GB Western Digital Special Ed
CDROM: NEC 52x CD-ROM
PowerSupply: Vantec 400B iON
Software Setup

WindowsXP Build 2600
Intel INF 5.10.1012
Forceware 60.85

Workstation Benchmarks

SYSMark 2004
Business Winstone 2002
Content Creation 2002
Winbench 99
SiSoft Sandra 2004
Super Pi
PCMark2002
PCMark04
3DMark2001SE
AquaMark3
Comanche 4
X2: The Threat
UT2003

* - Please remember that the systems are using a Gigabyte GeForceFX 5750 videocard for all 3D tests.

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Contents of Article: Gigabyte GA-8GPNXP Duo
 Pg 1.  Gigabyte GA-8GPNXP Duo 915P Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  New Power, Extra Goodies
 Pg 3.  8-phase Power Circuitry
 Pg 4.  The 915P up close and personal
 Pg 5.  — The Blue BIOS and test System Spec's
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: Sysmark 2004
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: Winstone 2002, Winbench 99
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra 2004, Super Pi
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: PCMark2002, PCMark04
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, AquaMark3
 Pg 11.  Benchmarks: Comanche 4, X2: The Threat, UT2003
 Pg 12.  Well Rounded Motherboard, Good Performance

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