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Gigabyte GA EP45 DQ6 Motherboard

Author:  Artiom Bell
Date:  2008.10.21
Topic:  Motherboards
Provider:  Gigabyte
Manufacturer:  Gigabyte

Gigabyte GA EP45 DQ6 Motherboard

Gigabyte GA EP45 DQ6 Motherboard

Gigabyte GA EP45 DQ6 Motherboard


With the costs of energy going up, it is becoming more and more essential to keep the energy consumption to a minimum in order to save few bucks that could be better spent toward something more essential or enjoyable. Gigabyte has considered such an idea and decided to apply it towards higher end motherboards which, to say the least, are power hungry beasts. The Gigabyte GA-EP45-DQ6 is the end resultof such an idea. As you may have inferred from the name, the GA-EP45-DQ6 is based off an Intel based chipset, the P45. The E in the EP45 stands for the Energy Efficient series, while the DQ6 stands for high performance. Furthermore, if you were to go to Gigabyte's web site and look at more specifications, you would find out that aside from advertising the energy efficiency, Gigabyte is also advertising 1333+ DDR2 ram speeds through overclocking as well as exceptional stability, security and durability. Having read all that I could not helped to have very high expectations of both the board and the bios it came with. Read on to discover how this board performs as I attempt to tackle and challenge each of these statements.


  • Revolution energy saving design with DES Advanced featuring hardware based Dynamic 6-Gear switching
  • Supports 45nm Intel® Core™ 2 multi-core processors with FSB 1600 MHz
  • Advanced power phase design with virtual 12 power phases to provides highly efficient operation for 45nm CPU
  • Dual channel DDR2 1333+ for remarkable system performance
  • Embedded 2 power phases for NB chipset and memory power to excel at power efficiency
  • 1 PCI-E 2.0 x16, 1 PCI-E 2.0 x8 graphic interface plus 2 PCI-E x4 with CrossFireX™ support for ultimate graphics performance
  • Built-in TPM chip with 2048bits encryption to highest level digital data protection
  • Smart Backup provides data backup solution with 4 serial ATA device attachment from 2 hardware RAID chip
  • Diagnostic LED and ACPI LEDs on board to display system and power status
  • 4 Gigabit Ethernet LAN with Teaming functionality
  • Supports Dolby Home Theater® audio to create a stunning surround sound listening experience.
  • Quad BIOS solution gives a multiple security to the system
  • Power/reset/Clr CMOS onboard button for easily operation on the workbench
  • Hardware Overvoltage Control IC Provides more voltage control options on CPU, North bridge and memory
  • Blu-ray playback outputs supported by high quality 106dB SNR ALC889A HD audio


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