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Gigabyte GA-8IPE1000 (Intel 865PE)
By CPU-zilla
Category : Mainboard
Published by Jimmy Tang on Monday, 21st July, 2003
Rating : 4 out of 5 stars  


Introduction

For many months, we've been looking at full-featured boards which are not only expensive, but often comes with features that we do not need. As an upgrader from the Pentium II and III era, it's often difficult to find a bare motherboard that can be used with all that peripherals you've accumulated over the years. Thus, a simple no-frills board can be as attractive as any of those highly featured boards you find out there.

Bare and featureless boards are normally targeted at the budget buyer but if configured properly, they can be as powerful as any of its feature-packed brethrens. The beauty of such boards lie in its simplicity, and they are extremely attractive to power users who want absolute control over the type of peripherals they want to use in their system. Buying a full-featured board could still allow one that kind of flexibility, but it does not make much economic sense since you'll have more than you'll need. That is why full ATX bare motherboards are still highly sought after today.

The Gigabyte GA-8IPE1000 is a no-frills offering based on Intel's latest 865PE chipset. It's not the typical product that we normally review here, but we thought it would offer users a fresh look at a lightweight product and perhaps prove to be a useful guide for would-be upgraders.

In the package, you'll find the following :-

  • The GA-8IPE1000 motherboard
  • One Ultra ATA-100 cable
  • One floppy drive cable
  • CD with drivers and utilities
  • User's manual
  • I/O Shield
  • Quick PC Installation guide
  • 2-port USB 2.0 bracket
  • Motherboard settings label
  • Two SATA cables

    Before we take an in-depth look at the motherboard, let's examine the technical specifications below:-

    Gigabyte GA-8IPE1000 Technical Specifications
    Processor
    • Socket 478 for Intel® Pentium® 4 / Celeron® processors
    • Intel® Celeron® Processors 1.7GHz - 2.0GHz or higher (400MHz FSB)
    • Intel® Pentium® 4 Processors 1.4GHz - 3.06GHz or higher (533MHz FSB)
    • Intel® Pentium® 4 Processors 2.4GHz - 3.2GHz or higher (800MHz FSB)
    • Supports processor at 400 / 533 / 800MHz front side bus
    • Supports processor with Hyper-Threading technology
    Chipset
    • Intel 865PE chipset
      • AGP 4x/8x slot (1.5V only) with fast write capability
      • Supports 400/533/800MHz Intel NetBurst micro-architecture bus
      • Supports up to 4GB of DDR333 or DDR400 SDRAM memory
      • Supports single/dual channel memory configuration
    • Intel ICH5 chipset
      • Eight high-speed USB 2.0 ports
      • 2x Serial ATA/150 ports
      • Dual channel Ultra ATA/100 IDE bus master controller
      • PCI bus mastering v2.3
      • I/O APIC
      • Supports both ACPI and legacy APM power management
    Cache memory
    • CPU Built-in 512KB (Northwood) L2 cache for Pentium 4 or 128KB L2 cache for Celeron
    System memory
    • 4 x 184-pin DDR SDRAM DIMM
    • Supports up to 4GB of unbuffered and non-ECC single/double-sided DDR266 / DDR333 / DDR400 SDRAM memory
    • Supports 2.5V DDR SDRAM
    PCI IDE
    • 2x Ultra ATA-66/100 IDE ports integrated in ICH5 (up to 4 devices)
      • Support for PIO, UDMA-33, Ultra ATA-66/100 IDE devices
    • 2x Serial ATA/150 ports supported by ICH5
      • Up to 150MB/s transfer speed
    I/O Ports and Headers
    • 1x floppy port (360KB - 2.88MB)
    • 2x serial port
    • 1x parallel port (SPP/EPP/ECP)
    • PS/2 Keyboard
    • PS/2 Mouse
    • 8x USB 2.0 ports (4x rear and 4x by cable through on-board headers)
    • 2x fan headers
    • Audio jacks for Line In, Line Out and MIC (powered by Realtek ALC655)
    • 1x S/PDIF input/output header
    • 1x Game port
    Expansion slots
    • 5x 32-bit PCI slots, PCI 2.3 compliant
    • 1x AGP 2x/4x/8x slot (0.8V/1.5V only)
    Power Management
    • Supports ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power Interface)
    Form Factor
    • ATX Form Factor : 30.5cm x 24.4cm
    • Fits into regular ATX case
    BIOS
    • 2Mbit (256KB) Flash EEPROM
    • Award Flash BIOS with PnP, ACPI, IDE drive auto-configure and multilingual support
    • Multi-boot on ZIP, ATAPI CD-ROM, SCSI, SATA, IDE #1, #2, #3, #4


    The rear ATX I/O panel.
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