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Epox EP-5P945 Pro Express Motherboard Review

Epox EP-5P945 Pro Express Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The Epox EP-5P945 Pro is a budget performance motherboard is an affordable Intel platform of complementary technologies for consumers on a budget.
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External Mfg. Website: Epox Jan 30 2007   Colin Sun  
Home > Reviews > Motherboards > Epox EP-5P945 Pro

Overclocking a 945P Board with Conroe

Overclocking Results:
Stock Max. OC
Motherboard Speed: 266 MHz

350 MHz

If you're new to Overclocking and not sure what to do, check out these two excellent Guides for some pointers:
Overclocking the CPU and Memory
Overclocking the Videocard

The Intel Core 2 Duo processor runs on a 266 MHz FSB by default, that's pretty high to begin with. It will be interesting to see how far the Epox 5P945 Pro is able to overclock, but first we need to turn the memory frequency down to DDR2-400 MHz mode, this way the Corsair Twin2X2048-6400C4 memory will not hold the motherboard back.

Traditionally we take overclocking slow and methodically, but since it's an Epox motherboard I decided to increase the FSB to 300 MHz right from the get go. The board had no problems with this. Increasing the motherboard clock speed in 10 MHz increments, it quickly reached a speed of 350 MHz.

That's all she wrote.... because the motherboard maxed out completely. I'm sure the Epox 5P945 Pro has more in it, Epox just needs to increase the motherboard's top speed!

Epox always has a flexible BIOS:

In the Advanced Chipset Features section we find the memory timing adjustments. Epox just gives you the basics here, CAS Latency, RAS to CAS, and RAS Precharge.

We find some decent options in the Power BIOS Features section, you can adjust the FSB from 266-350 MHz in 1 MHz increments as well as the PCI Express frequency between 100-122 MHz although that's better left alone. There are memory multiplier options but the fastest you can go is only DDR2-667.

Epox allows you to adjust the CPU voltage up to 1.725V, the chipset to 1.8V and the memory to 2.18V. Up next the test system specs and benchmarks.

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Contents of Article: Epox EP-5P945 Pro
 Pg 1.  Epox EP-5P945 Pro Express Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Intel 945P Express and ICH7 Chipsets
 Pg 3.  Epox EP-5P945 Pro Motherboard Highlights Gallery
 Pg 4.  — Overclocking a 945P Board with Conroe
 Pg 5.  System Specs and Sysmark 2004 Benchmarks
 Pg 6.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Winstone 2004, Sandra 2006
 Pg 7.  Motherboard Benchmarks: SuperPi, PCMark05
 Pg 8.  Motherboard Benchmarks: 3DMark05, 3DMark06
 Pg 9.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Farcry, Doom3, Quake 4
 Pg 10.  Intel 945P Express Good for Core 2 Duo?

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