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Gigabyte EP45T-DS3R Intel P45 DDR3 Motherboard Review - ThinkComputers.org

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Product: Gigabyte EP45T-DS3R Intel P45 DDR3 Motherboard
Date: September 7, 2008
Author: Frank Stroupe
Edited By: Bob Buskirk
Provided By: Gigabyte
Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Discussion: Discuss in Forums

Installation

Test Rig:
Intel Core 2 Duo E-8400 45nm
Corsair XMS DDR3-1600 4GB kit
Sapphire Toxic Radeon HD 4850 512mb
Cooler Master Real Power Pro 1200 watt PSU
NXZT Tempest extended mid tower
Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit

Installation was very straightforward, first install the motherboard offsets and the I/O shield in the case. Install the optical drive and hard drive.


Install the power supply in the case and set the cables aside. I know that the power supply is overkill, I already had it at hand and decided to use it. Prep the CPU and CPU cooler, apply thermal compound per manufacturer's instructions, install the system memory, and place the motherboard in the case.


Connect SATA cables, power cables, and case header wires. Install the video card. I had tried two, but for some reason the Catalyst drivers didn't recognize the second one for Crossfire. That's ok, I wanted to check out the performance of the Radeon HD 4850 anyway. Connect the power cable to the video card, and that's it.


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