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Written by Olin Coles   
Tuesday, 05 August 2008
Table of Contents: Page Index
Gigabyte GA-EP45T-EXTREME P45 Motherboard
Intel P45 Specifications
GA-EP45T-EXTREME Unique Features
Advanced Dynamic Energy Saver
GA-EP45T-EXTREME BIOS Part 1
GA-EP45T-EXTREME BIOS Part 2
Closer Look: GA-EP45T-EXTREME
GA-EP45T-EXTREME Details
Component Layout
Motherboard Testing Methodology
PCMark05 System Tests
PCMark Vantage System Tests
World in Conflict Results
Crysis Benchmark Comparison
Power Consumption Results
Intel P45 Express Final Thoughts
Gigabyte GA-EP45T-EXTREME Conclusion

GA-EP45T-EXTREME Unique Features

Motherboards are rarely ever just a printed circuit board stuffed into a cardboard box with a driver disc anymore. Gigabyte is always looking for new ways to add value to the purchase of their motherboards, and the large library of included software applications and tools shows they are succeeding. Several usefull unique features are included on the GA-EP45T-EXTREME, all which improve the user experience at several different levels. This is not the complete list, believe it or not, but rather the more interesting and useful features that are unique to the GA-EP45T-EXTREME motherboard.

EasyTune 6

Gigabyte's EasyTune 6 is a simple and easy-to-use interface that allows users to fine-tune their system settings or do overclock/overvoltage in Windows environment. The EasyTune 6 interface also includes tabbed pages for CPU and memory information, lettings users read their system-related information without the need to install additional software. EasyTune is an excellent alternative to changing system variables in the BIOS, and yields immediate feedback to the changes made. Of course, incorrectly overclocking or adding overvoltage may result in damage to the hardware components, and even when done correctly it may reduce the useful life of your system components.

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Time Repair

Based on the Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Services technology, Time Repair allows you to quickly back up and restore your system data in the Windows Vista operating system. Time Repair supports NTFS file system and can restore system data on PATA and SATA hard drives. Choose a system restore point using the navigation bar on the right or at the bottom of the screen to view the system data backed up at different time. You can choose files and directories and then simply click the
Copy button to restore the files (or click Restore to restore the entire system).Gigabyte-Over-Voltage-Alert-LED.jpg

Gigabyte also offers a host of other features with the GA-EP45T-EXTREME, but many do not require additional software to function. Some of the more notable functions are:

Dual BIOS
Dual BIOS features a backup BIOS that will automatically re-flash the default data to main BIOS to recover failed BIOS data from the backup BIOS chip.
Hardware Overvoltage Control IC
A collection of Hardware Overvoltage Control IC's provides more voltage control options over the CPU, NorhtBridge, and system memory.
Onboard Diagnostic LED
Onboard Diagnostic LED makes hardware troubleshooting easier with indicators showing which device fails, such as CPU, Memory, PCI-E, SATA and IDE.



 

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