Continuing our "Eaglelake" based motherboard coverage, this time we bring you Gigabyte's version right from the source at their headquarters in Taipei, Taiwan. In their first ever Plug-Fest event tailored to bring media from around the world to show them firsthand of their latest motherboard developments, trial their new boards and tweak them to our heart's content, we got to see some of Gigabyte's impressive lineup of P45 motherboards that span several variants.
The top of the line have-it-all-except-the-kitchen-sink DQ6 class motherboard in the P45 series sports some really over-the-top features like quad Gigabit LAN ports among other features. These are not just standalone ports as the multiple Realtek 8111C Gigabit LAN chip's drivers supports software-based Teaming function. Factor in Full Duplex and that's up to 8Gbps worth of bandwidth! Though it's quite unlikely anyone would have real practical usage of this onboard home 'router' of sorts, it is there for anyone who can fathom a need for it. But that's the DQ6 model that we'll take a look some other time.
Today, we share with you our pictorial preview of the mid-range Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS4 motherboard. Using the Intel P45 and ICH10R combination, this board probably has more than adequate features for even the enthusiasts. The board has dual Gigabit LAN ports and are further complemented by the software based teaming function that can turbo charge your overall throughput. There are of course several other interesting features and aspects of this motherboard:-
We'll soon be getting our hands on these personally back in our labs again, so watch out for the full review again at www.hardwarezone.com.