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Gigabyte GA-8INXP (E7205) motherboard
By CPU-zilla
Category : Mainboard
Published by Jimmy Tang on Monday, 2nd December, 2002
Rating : 5 out of 5 stars  


You've probably heard about Gigabyte's Six Dual Miracle motherbard which is based on Intel's latest Granite Bay chipset (or better known as E7205). Gigabyte has been pretty bullish about this product as they have put in much resources and time into developing this product. Not surprisingly, the board is beautifully engineered with a lot consideration placed for reliability, stability and features.

The board we received was an early sample but it looked more like the final mass production version of the board. It's complete with colorful connectors, brackets and accessories that you'll need to get started. The design of the box deserves a mention here as it's probably one of the more attractive packaging we've seen to date. Gigabyte paid a lot of attention here in design and packaging - and we feel it's only right that their designers deserves a good pat on the back here for a job well done.

This box design for Gigabyte's GA-8INXP.

The GA-8INXP is a full-featured board that comes with most of the standard features. It comes with the standard five PCI slots, Gigabit Ethernet, SATA support, ATA133 RAID and a whole slew of overclocking features.

Let's look at the specifications below :-

Gigabyte GA-8INXP Limited Edition Technical Specifications
  • Socket 478 for IntelĀ® Pentium 4 processors
  • IntelĀ® Pentium 4 Processors 1.4GHz to 3.06GHz or higher
  • Supports 400MHz and 533MHz FSB CPUs
  • Supports processors with Hyper-Threading technology
  • Intel E7205 MCH
    • Supports DDR266 memory (PC2100)
    • Dual channel DDR266 memory support (single channel is also supported)
    • AGP 2.0 support at 1x/2x/4x (1.5V swing) data transfer rate
    • AGP 3.0 support at 4x/8x (0.8V swing) data transfer rate
    • 8-bit, 66MHz (266MT/s) 4x hub interface to the Intel ICH4
  • Intel ICH4
    • AC'97 2.2 interface
    • Six USB 2.0/1.1 ports (3 UHCI Host controllers and 1 EHCI Host controller)
    • 2 channel Ultra ATA/100 bus master IDE controller
    • PCI Master 2.2
    • I/O APIC
    • FWH interface
    • LPC interface
    • PCI 2.2 interface
    • Integrated system management controller
Cache memory
  • CPU Built-in 256KB (Willamette) or 512KB (Northwood) L2 cache
System memory
  • 4 x 184-pin DDR266/200 DIMM slots
  • Supports 64, 128, 256, 512MB or 1GB DIMM
  • Supports up to 4GB of unbuffered ECC or non-ECC memory
Storage Interface
  • 2 x bus master UDMA-33/66/100 IDE ports (up to 4 devices)
    • Support for PIO, UDMA-33, UDMA-66, UDMA-100 IDE devices
  • 2 x serial ATA ports based on Silicon Image Sil3112A Serial ATA/RAID controller
  • 2 x ATA133 RAID ports based on the Promise PDC20276 controller (up to four devices)
I/O Interface
  • 1 x floppy port (360KB - 2.88MB)
  • 2 x serial port
  • 1 x parallel port (SPP/EPP/ECP)
  • PS/2 Keyboard
  • PS/2 Mouse
  • 2 x USB 2.0 ports (4 x front USB 2.0 ports from on-board header)
  • Audio ports for on-board sound (Line-Out, Line-In, Mic)
  • 1 x Game port
  • 1 x RJ-45 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit Ethernet LAN port
  • 1 x IR header
  • 1 x S/PDIF in/out header
Expansion slots
  • 5 x 32-bit PCI slots, PCI 2.2 compliant
  • 1 x 1.5V / 0.8V AGP 2.0/3.0 (1x/2x/4x/8x mode) slot
  • 1 x Dual Power System slot
Power Management
  • Supports ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power Interface)
  • Supports Desktop Management Interface 2.0 (DMI)
  • Suspend to RAM (STR) feature
  • Supports USB KB / MS wake up from S3
Form Factor
  • ATX Form Factor : 30.5cm x 24.4cm
  • Fits into regular ATX case
  • 2 x 4Mbit (512KB) Flash ROM
  • Award Flash BIOS with PnP, ACPI, DMI2.0 support
  • Multi-boot on ZIP, ATAPI CD-ROM, SCSI, IDE #1, #2, #3, #4, RAID or SATA.

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