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GIGABYTE GA-EP45-DS3R LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard

  • Intel P45
  • Core 2 Quad / Core 2 Extreme / Core 2 Duo
  • DDR2 1200

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  • James P.
  • 7/14/2013 1:19:55 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsVery hackintoshable

Pros: This is a great board to hackintosh. Just use Kakewalk..... My daughter's exboyfriend has this board in his hackintosh that I set up for him. He is mainly using it to record tracks for his heavy metal friends. No hickups what so ever!

Cons: Non every with gigabyte boards.

Other Thoughts: Gigabyte is the way to go for hackintosh set ups. Just do your homework first!!

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  • Steven S.
  • 11/8/2011 6:57:06 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsTerrible hardware.

Pros: Decent layout and price.

Cons: Between frequently booting with it not recognizing my video card, to system freezes when using all ram slots, I cannot begin to tell you the frustration this motherboard has caused me.

They really dropped the ball on this motherboard, Truthfully, I am trying another model from them, if this one fails, I will never buy from this company again.

Other Thoughts: I would have posted this earlier but I always assume user error on my part first. After testing all the ram going from vista to win 7 and trying different video cards, I cannot begin to describe my frustration with this MBO.

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  • David G.
  • 12/18/2008 11:06:51 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsOK, could be better

Pros: Good price, good layout. Tons of BIOS options. Lots of USB ports. Was able to get eSATA hotswap working in XP using AHCI mode. Google "Hotswap!" for a helpful program to add/remove eSATA drives. Flashed BIOS immediately to version F10 using a USB key (SO NICE!), which seems to have fixed the problems others were complaining about early on.

Cons: BIOS options for OC settings can be confusing. AHCI booting from optical drives can be flaky - to workaround, add both "CDROM" *AND* the name of the drive itself to the boot priority list, or hit F12 during POST to get boot menu). AHCI booting from hard drive works perfectly though. The disable option for the IDE port doesn't work when SATA drives are in IDE mode. Mobo cannot control CPU fan speed when using 3-pin fans, only works with 4-pin. Northbridge gets really hot, but that is apparently normal for P45 chipset. Incompatible with 3Com 905B PCI NIC, causes intermittent BSOD with it installed in either slot.

Other Thoughts: Was able to crank the FSB to 400 and run at 3.8GHz with no voltage bump. Sweet.

E8500, Scythe Ninja Rev.B w/Thermalright Bolt-thru kit, 2x1GB Crucial Ballistix DDR2-800, Corsair VX450, Plextor 755SA, Western Digital 2500KS, Sapphire 4850 dual-slot, Antec Solo.

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  • Hayes W.
  • 11/14/2008 3:09:03 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsIgnore the haters

Pros: Great board. Ignore the hater posts. They either don't know what they are doing, or fried the board with static because they didn't use a ground strap. 20+ years of experience? My ar$e. Go back to the Commodor 64. Modern boards are out of your league.

Cons: Haters, DOA whiners, and "i didn't read the compatibility list" blamers.

Other Thoughts: Ever notice that even the best products have a few 1 egg reviews from (usually DOA) whiners? And everyone is a "high" tech level electronic engineer... Whatever.

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  • Jared K.
  • 11/12/2008 2:17:52 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Board

Pros: Great board for the price, works flawlessly with both my 9600gt, and 8800gt, and E8500. Overclocking is simple and easy if you know how to.

Cons: A few times I have had to "Load optimized defaults" in the bios as upon booting windows (XP Or Vista) I would get blue screens. I can't tell if its due to overclocking, since it happens on stock settings or overclocked settings.
Also it did not detect my rams correct voltages, but its not that hard to go in the bios and change that.

Other Thoughts: Awesome board, I love it.

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  • Steve S.
  • 11/11/2008 9:07:44 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPretty Good.

Pros: Had this for a while now. Great performance upon boot up. Had to flash to F9, now flashed to F10. Reboot/Sleep loop issue is fixed. Overclocks like a dream. I now have an E8400 running at 3.825GHz with idle temps at 25 and full load temps at 55 ish. No issues as of now. And it's been two and a half months.

Cons: Color scheme. I wish it would have a bolder look rather than that of a colorful cereal or a lego set. Black PCB and red PCI-e ports would've been wonderful.

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  • Shawn V.
  • 11/11/2008 3:09:29 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood mobo

Pros: Good motherboard... easy to install...

Cons: Wish they wouldn't have had so many extra screws and such, I felt overwhelmed (this being my first build) and could have sworn I was missing something when I saw so many screws left.

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  • Krunal D.
  • 11/10/2008 12:34:32 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggs

Pros: It booted (sort of). A plethora of ports - 8 USB 2.0, awesome, both 6-pin/4-pin Firewire, both Optical and Coaxial digital audio, came with an eSATA bracket, twin GigE ports, onboard COM1/LPT ports.

Cons: Oh man, where to start. I'll start gently:

- the brackets to breakout the SPDIF In, COM1, LPT1 ports are available only from a 52-year old man in a shady alley in Bangkok. It's like they forgot to have the brackets made when designing the board.

- BIOS. Stock BIOS I got with this board would not boot with more than one stick of RAM. Updated it, and..

- RAM. Did not like my Ballistix or Corsair RAM. Both are very highly regarded brands, yet it only runs with OCZ sticks. And at stock clocks.

- Overclocking - non-existent. I've pushed the same RAM and CPU I tried on this board to a near 55% OC on an Asus 650i (an OLDER board), yet this thing can't handle a mere 100MHz increase.

- Noise - all the Gigabytes I've owned have audible inductor/VRM whine, and its irritating.

Minor gripes:

RAM Slot 1/2 are too close to PCIe x16 slot 1 - you must remove the GFX card to remove/install RAM.

No nice feature like Asus Q-Connector for Front Panel Cables.

Other Thoughts: I got this because it was cheaper than the P5Q at the time. Never again...never Gigabyte again. Asus does it right. Save yourself headache and annoyance and pick up the P5Q or some other P45 board.

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/9/2008 1:03:31 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsok

Pros: No problems installing the board or with XP SP2. No glitches of any sort, rock-stable.

Cons: Performance is adequate.

Front panel connector is further back than most, but it worked fine with cable lengths of my Antec NSK4480B case.

Front audio connector is a long way from the front but I had adequate cable length with my Silverstone SST-FP32 front panel audio cable.

Other Thoughts: Flashed BIOS to F10 on 1st boot with built-in Qflash and a USB floppy drive. Used Gigabyte's latest download drivers instead of the included CD.

Had to set DIMM voltage to G.Skill 2.0v requirement - but it did boot at stock 1.8v vDIMM.

Had to set CPU vcore up 0.05v to compensate for vdroop.

I'm using a Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz. This build replaces a 2GHz nForce2. I was expecting at least 1.5x the performance. It is quicker, but but it doesn't feel like 1.5x.

The P45 may not be the fastest chipset around but performance is ok and stability is excellent.

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  • Christopher N.
  • 11/8/2008 12:39:09 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsPretty decent low-range mobo

Pros: -Layout works fairly well
-No problem with BIOS
-Good price to performance ratio
-Decent OC ability (I've got prime95 stable e8500 oc'd to 3.8ghz w/ stock voltage)
-Instructions are pretty informative

Cons: -My first one came w/ bad ram slots (#3 & 4). Memtest86+ would always show errors in just those two slots. Kinda bad when you're trying to do dual channel...
-PCI-E 16X slot is pretty close to the memory slots. If you have a long vid card like the ati 4870, you'll always have to take it out first if you want to remove/install ram into the memroy slots. It was a hassle when I was trying to memtest each of the mobo's memory slots for errors.

Other Thoughts: Everything was cool after I received my rma. Also remember to use Qflash if you want to update this mobo's BIOS. @BIOS is having issues.

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