The Gigabyte GA-8IPE1000 is certainly a board built for the budget conscious user. It is especially ideal for those who intend to upgrade from their older Pentium II/III or K7 systems. With only bare features, the user can re-use all of the peripherals they've accumulated and transfer them to this board - thus, making their upgrade as painless as possible (at least to their wallets).
Although there are not many built-in features, you can still find two serial ATA ports and up to eight USB 2.0 ports on this board. These are standard features of the ICH5 and they are all made available on the board - ready to be used. In addition, you'll also find a Realtek ALC655 software audio codec that provides up to 5.1 channels of audio. Unfortunately, a bracket was not provided within the package and users would need to use the Line-In and MIC inputs for their subwoofer, center and rear channels.
Overclockers would love this board for its simplicity and with all of the common tweaks available in the BIOS, the board will allow one to push the system bus speed to as high as 275MHz. In addition, the stability at overclocked speeds was excellent too. The performance of the board is below average at default but because it features partial PAT tweaks in the BIOS, the performance could be boosted by quite a large margin - putting it back in the same ballpark as other 865PE offerings.
The Gigabyte GA-8IPE1000 motherboard.
Priced attractively at S$199, the Gigabyte GA-8IPE1000 is indeed a good buy for budget conscious users who just want to have a no-frills ATX board. Backed by Gigabyte's quality seal, you won't go very wrong if you're thinking of using this for your next upgrade.