Gigabyte GA-8IEXP

..:: Introduction ::..

Gigabyte Technology hasn’t always been about pure performance when it comes to their line of mainboards. Several users have previously shied away from their mainboards due to the fact that they were more OEM oriented than performance oriented. In recent times however, as we have begun to see with nearly every other manufacturer, they have begun to step up to the performance level rivaling the more renowned manufacturers on performance levels. Gigabyte has also begun to offer up some motherboards packing feature sets that are among the best in the industry, and they keep the price down while they’re at it. The last P4 mainboard we took a look at was the VIA VPSD P4PB 400, an impressive motherboard for both the amount of features, and price. Can the i845E based GA-8IEXP keep up with the P4PB 400? You damn well bet it can! Let’s take a look at the official list of specifications for this blue beauty, the Gigabyte GA-8IEXP.

..:: Specifications ::..

Processor

  • Socket 478 for Intel® mPGA478 Pentium® 4 processor in 478 pin package
  • 533/400MHz Front Side Bus

Chipset

  • Intel® 845E
  • Intel® 82801DB ICH4
  • Intel® PRO/100 VE LAN chip
  • Promise PDC20276 RAID controller chip supports RAID 0,1
  • Creative CT5880 E PCI sound controller chip
  • Super I/O: ITE I/O IT8712F chip
  • Smart I/O: Winbond Smart@ I/O chip
  • IEEE 1394: VIA6306 controller chip
  • 2 x 4M bit flash ROM

Memory

  • Type: DDR266 (PC 2100) / DDR200(PC1600) 184 pin (2.5v)
  • Max capacity: Up to 2 GB by 3 DIMM slots

Connector

  • 1 x FDD
  • 2 x ATA 133/100/66 Bus Master IDE for RAID 0 and RAID 1 ( only two HDDs could be used by RAID function )
  • 2 x UDMA ATA 100/66 Bus Master IDE
  • 2 x USB 2.0 (4 ports by cable with rear USB bracket)
  • 3 x IEEE 1394 ports (with rear bracket
  • Memory Stick / Security Digital (MMC) / Smart Card Reader connectors
  • S/PDIF output (with rear bracket)
  • 3x cooling fan pin headers
  • CD/AUX in

Expansion Slots

  • 1 x AGP 4x, supports 1.5v display card only
  • 6 x PCI (PCI 2.2 compliant)
  • 1 x CNR

Rear Panel

  • 2 x USB 2.0 ports
  • 1 x RJ45 LAN port
  • 1 x LPT, 2 x COM ports
  • Audio (1 x Line-in / 1 x Line-out / 1 x MIC) connector
  • PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse connector
  • 1 x Game/Midi port

Other Features

  • Gigabyte patented DualBIOS™
  • IDE #1-#4, SCSI, LS120, ZIP, CD-ROM and USB bootable
  • Suspend to RAM (STR)
  • Supports USB KB / MS wake up from S3
  • Poly fuse for keyboard over-current protection
  • @BIOS™, Easy Tune™ 4, Q-Flash™, GMC™