From a formal specification standpoint, Gigabyte GA-EP45T-Extreme mainboard is pretty similar to a few other solutions on Intel P45 Express chipset. It offers all the features provided by the chipset including a South Bridge supporting RAID configurations. It has a number of additional controllers offering eight-channel sound, PATA, IEEE1394 and two gigabit network ports. Of course, this mainboard boasts unique cooling system with an additional heatsink and an option to turn the chipset North Bridge cooler into a water block. As for other distinguishing features, we could also point out the use of high-quality electronic components and a number of Gigabyte’s brand name technologies, such as DualBIOS and Dynamic Energy Saver Advanced.
However, there is nothing free in this world, and the price of Gigabyte GA-EP45T-Extreme mainboard is still quite high: over $300. Many of you may prefer a simpler and more affordable model and that will be an absolutely justifiable decision, especially if you are not going to overclock your CPU. But if you are, we would strongly recommend to pay special attention to Gigabyte GA-EP45T-Extreme mainboard. The unique thing about it is that it allows overclocking both - dual- and quad-core processors very easily, very quickly and to significant heights. So far we have only worked with one mainboard that could offer the same: GA-EP45-DQ6. It must be quite logical that it was also made by Gigabyte. One good mainboard could be just good luck, but two good mainboards is a great tendency. The top Gigabyte mainboards on Intel P45 Express chipset are a true work of art!
Now we have Gigabyte GA-EP45-DQ6 mainboard that works with DDR2 SDRAM and overclocks processors, and we also have Gigabyte GA-EP45T-Extreme mainboard that overclocks just as well but supports DDR3 SDRAM. We have found two boards that are almost ideal test platforms for Intel LGA775 processors. Now we have to find a solution like that for the new Intel LGA1366 CPUs. Maybe we should first check our Gigabyte mainboards on Intel X58 Express, don’t you think so?