First off the power and data connectors are all located at the same places as well as the colour coding scheme. A single PCI Express x16 slot provides the graphical interface. The Larger chip provides the Firewire-A backward support with the smaller chip adding the Firewire-B support. The driver installation software is slick and easy to use too, though in our case it did not run automatically from the driver CD. It’s always good to see a motherboard that includes just about everything a user would need from the get-go. The necessary drivers are included on CD, as is a program to create a driver floppy disk, but this is not explained in the documentation well.
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Prro included is a multi-language illustrated hardware installation guide which essentially explains how to build a computer from start to finish. There’s absolutely no reason not to use this, as installing it takes only a few seconds, even for a novice. This means that SLI is not officially supported; however, Crossfire is a possibility if Intel goes for Crossfire certification on the platform.
We used the fan for all testing. By default, the Intel P Northbridge chip is passively cooled, but Gigabyte has included a small 40mm fan that clips to the top of the heatsink.
Intel P Motherboards from Gigabyte – Dual Core Compared
Previous Page Next Page. The main reason behind the use of the second PCI-E slot is for people wanting to run Dual Graphics cards on their motherboard for proo up to four monitors.
Gigabyte GA-8I945P PRO – motherboard – ATX – LGA775 Socket – i945P
The main difference is the slot layout. Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon UK’s website. The Larger chip provides the Firewire-A backward support with the smaller chip adding the Firewire-B support. The included single-language manual is well written and covers all the basics, going more in-depth with BIOS settings than we are used to seeing.
This is the first time we’ve had a chance to look at an Intel dual-core processor and supporting motherboard in action, so we’re quite excited about the whole thing.
Gigabyte gains some user-friendliness marks with its documentation.
Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon’s website. Subscribe to our Newsletter. The GA-8IP Pro motherboard can use either 20 or pin ATX power connectors pto comes with a small plastic insert to block off the unused four pins as necessary.
Now we come to the flagship of the Gigabyte IP fleet. The second PCI Express x16 slot is actually a universal slot running at the x4 protocol. A single PCI Express x16 slot provides the graphical interface.
We used pin ATX powersupply for all testing. First off the power and data connectors are all located at the same places as well as the colour coding scheme. A new computer user trying to install Windows XP on this motherboard would be lost at this point. You will see that this motherboard has two PCI Express x16 slots. Following along in the traditional Gigabyte manner, this motherboard comes with a nice pile of extras.
The ICH-7R Southbridge chip also features a small passive heatsink and this got quite toasty during testing. We’ve seen a few other motherboard manufacturers slip up like this recently too, so we hope it does not become a trend.
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Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon Canada’s website. Gigabyte loses the user-friendliness marks they gained in the last paragraph. The ppro drivers are included on CD, as is a program to create a driver floppy disk, but this is not explained in the documentation well.
It’s always good to see a motherboard that includes just about everything a user would need from the get-go.