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. 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. A new computer user trying to install Windows XP on this motherboard would be lost at this point. We had to run the application directly first.
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Gigabyte loses the user-friendliness marks they gained in the last paragraph. Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon UK’s website.
Gigabyte GA-8I945P PRO – motherboard – ATX – LGA775 Socket – i945P
G-a81945p main reason behind the use of the second PCI-E slot is for people wanting to run Dual Graphics cards on their motherboard for adding up to four monitors. Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon’s website.
We’ve seen a few other motherboard manufacturers slip up like this recently too, so we hope it does not become a trend. The necessary drivers are included on CD, as is a program to create a driver floppy disk, but g-a81945p is not explained in the documentation well.
GA-8IP Pro (rev. 1.x) | Motherboard – GIGABYTE Global
Following along in the traditional Gigabyte manner, this motherboard comes with a nice pile of extras. The main difference is the slot layout. The ICH-7R Southbridge chip also features a small passive heatsink and this got quite toasty during testing. This means that SLI is not officially supported; however, Crossfire is a possibility if Intel goes for Crossfire certification on the platform.
A single PCI Express x16 slot provides the graphical interface. Also included is a multi-language illustrated hardware installation guide which essentially explains how to build a computer from start to finish.
Gigabyte GA-8IP Pro Intel P Motherboard Review –
Now we come to the flagship of the Gigabyte IP fleet. 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. Find ppro tech and computer products like this over at Amazon Canada’s website. The cooling solution is also Active for the Northbridge and passive for the South.
Intel is more likely pgo push for Crossfire support since ATI are less of a threat to Intel in the onboard graphics and entire chipset section, for that matter department than nVidia. We had to run the application directly first.
Gigabyte gains some user-friendliness marks with its documentation. The Larger chip provides the Firewire-A backward support with the smaller chip adding the Firewire-B support. It’s always good to see a motherboard that includes just about everything a user would need from the get-go.
Beginners Guides Cases and Access. A new computer user trying to install Windows XP on this motherboard would be lost at this point. You can find products similar to this one for sale below.
There’s absolutely no reason not to use this, as installing it takes only a few seconds, even for a novice. We used pin ATX powersupply for all testing. 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. Like clockwork, Intel can be relied upon to keep churning out chipsets, as well as reasons to want to use them.
The GA-8IP Pro motherboard can use either 20 or pin ATX power connectors and comes with a small plastic insert to block off the unused four pins as necessary.