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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   C. Sun  
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Gigabyte GA-8IPE1000 i865PE Motherboard Review

I have to admit, getting a Pentium4 motherboard based on the Intel i865PE chipset really does offer a lot of value for the buck. I suppose it's not surprising then that the demand for Springdale motherboards is pretty solid these days, in spite of attempts by SiS, and now VIA, to undermine it with more economical chipsets like the 655FX and PT880. In this review, PCstats tests out a new i865PE-based motherboard from Gigabyte, called the GA-8IPE1000 Pro2.

The GA-8IPE1000 Pro2 is Gigabyte's first motherboard with 'CIA' technology (CPU Intelligent Accelerator) which is very similar to MSI's 'dynamic overclocking functions' found in the 865PE Neo2-FIS2R. We'll delve into that a bit more later in the review.

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! The board itself is lean on the accessories just how most enthusiasts like it.

Gigabyte GA-8IPE1000 Pro2

Ultra/133 Cables, 2x Serial ATA Cables, FDD Cable, 2x Serial ATA Power Cables, Driver CD, I/O Back Plate, Users Manual

Brackets: Audio Bracket, USB/IEEE 1394 Bracket

The only real onboard options (ie. items not already included on the southbridge) are Intel CSA Gigabit LAN, IEEE 1394, 5.1 channel audio and of course Gigabyte's standard dual BIOS'. There is native Serial ATA support thanks to the Intel ICH5 Southbridge, but seeing as that all i865/i875 chipsets support it, we no longer consider it an extra feature. The board is pretty expandable with its five PCI slots and lone 8x AGP port.

The GA-8IPE1000 Pro2 features a concise set of capabilities, but in this way Gigabyte saves you money and allows you to select what devices you want in your PC instead of integrating them. For instance, if you're not going to use RAID why spend the money on that feature?

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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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