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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   C. Sun  
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More on the 8PENXP

While almost all i865PE/i875P based motherboards have Gigabit LAN, we're happy to see that Gigabyte chose to use the Intel CSA enabled 82547EI NIC. Because the board supports a whole host of high bandwidth devices (USB 2.0, IEEE 1394, Serial ATA RAID, etc) the PCI bus can be saturated very quickly. With the CSA Intel NIC, you're not going to make a potentially bad situation worse.

Intel officially stated that the current batch of i865PE/i875P based motherboards do not support the upcoming Socket 478 Prescott processor (typical...) because of voltage regulations and differences, however there are rumors out there that the Gigabyte 8PENXP in fact does support the chip thanks to its Dual Power System.

Of course whether the board or not will indeed be compatible with the Prescott will not be known until the processor is released later in 2003.

Officially the DPS2 should relay 'cleaner' power to the processor which should lead to better stability (it is 6 phase instead of 3 phase). Our particular motherboard worked just fine without the unit plugged in, even when overclocked.

Gigabyte's 8PENXP is the only i865PE motherboard on the market to have six DIMM slots. Unfortunately because the i865PE can only support up to a maximum of eight banks of memory (each side of a DIMM is one bank), if you're using double sided memory you can only use four of the memory slots. Potentially though, if you're using single sided DIMM's you should be able to fill all the slots.

The only complaint I have about the motherboard is that there is no clear CMOS jumper. Instead, users must short two solder points on the motherboard if they wish to reset the CMOS.

If you're interested in learning a bit more on i865PE aka Springdale architecture, please read our AOpen AX4SPE Max review. Up next, we tackle the gentlemen's game of overclocking...

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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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