Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2 & Gigabyte 8I945P-G

First Up: The Gigabyte GA-8I945P-G

Specifications:Gigabyte GA-8I945P-G
Dual Core to the Core
Intel Pentium D Processor
Intel Pentium 4 Processor
Supports 1066/800/533MHz FSB

Northbridge: Intel 945P Express Chipset
Southbridge: Intel ICH7
GigaRAID ITE8212 IDE RAID controller
Broadcom 5789 Gigabit Ethernet controller
Realtek ALC882 audio codec

4 DDR II DIMM memory slots (supports up to 4GB memory)
Supports 1.8V DDR II DIMM
Supports dual channel DDR II 667/533/400 DIMM

Internal I/O Connectors
4 x Serial ATA II 3.0Gb/s connectors
1 x UDMA ATA 100/66/33 connectors
2 x UDMA ATA 133/100/66 connectors
1 x FDD connector
2 x USB 2.0/1.1 connector (supports 4 ports)
3 x Cooling fan pin headers
1 x Game/Midi connector

Expansion Slots
1 PCI Express x 16 slot
2 PCI Express x 1 slots
3 PCI slots

Rear Panel I/O
4 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
1 x RJ45 ports
6 x Audio ports (4 x Line-out/ 1 x Line-in/ 1 x MIC)
1 x Coaxial S/P-DIF out
1 x Optical S/P-DIF out
PS/2 Keyboard/ Mouse
1 x COM port connector
1 x LPT port

Form Factor
ATX form factor; 30.5cm x 22.0cm
Dual Core Processor
Experience the ultimate power of revolutionary dual-core CPU architecture. The advanced processing technology contains two physical cores in a single CPU package, providing a greater user responsiveness, efficiency and value.

64-bit Ready
Enter the new 64-bit computing era through Intel Extended Memory 64 Technology. 64 bit operating system allows twice the amount of data access compare to 32-bit OS, thus enhances system productivity and memory responsiveness.

CPU Intelligent Accelerator 2
With GIGABTYE C.I.A 2 technology, users are able to enjoy the benefits of overclocking without having too much trouble of manually adjustment. C.I.A. 2 provides reasonable and acceptable overclocking options for user to select, all what user need to do is to select the desirable overclocking level and the rest environment settings are automatically setup by the BIOS.

Intel High Definition Audio
Intel High Definition Audio enables premium digital sound in the PC for an immersive surround sound experience. In addition, Intel HD Audio delivers multiple audio channels in your PC so you can listen to two different streams simultaneously in two separate rooms.

Xpress Recovery
Xpress Recovery is the revolutionary BIOS feature designed to improve system security. With Xpress Recovery the system and personal files can be easily back up into security area and be restored in just few steps if necessary.

The Gigabyte GA-8I945P-G Up Close
Closer Inspection

The GA-8I945P-G is a colorful ATX motherboard with a hefty array of features.  Built around Intel's Dual-Core ready 945P chipset coupled with the ICH7R Southbridge, the board brings a lot of functionality to the table.  To start, the design brings four DDR2 DIMM slots with a maximum capacity of 1GB per slot at a peak speed of 667MHz.  Additionally, the board sports three IDE ports, one ATA 100 driven by the Southbridge and two ATA 133 driven by the board's GigaRAID ITE8212 IDE RAID controller.  The ITE8212 RAID controller offers RAID 0 and RAID 1 and JBOD, while the four SATA II ports provide speeds up to 3Gb/s and deliver RAID 0, 1, 0+1 or 5 via the Southbridge. 


A Broadcom 5789 Gigabit Ethernet controller handles the boards integrated Ethernet while a Realtek ALC882 audio codec delivers the system's integrated audio capabilities.  Handling expansion, the GA-8I945P-G is equipped with three standard PCI slots for legacy support while two PCI Express x1 slots support future expansion cards.  Lastly, a single PCI Express x16 slot provides support for the latest in PCI Express graphics.


The rear of the board packs a solid collection of inputs and outputs.  We found legacy PS/2 ports as well as an LPT and COM port.  One Coaxial and one Optical SPDIF port is situated adjacent to the COM port.  On the other side, four USB 2.0 ports are situated in banks of two.  Two headers on the board can expand the USB complement to an additional four ports as well.  Atop the second bank of USB ports was the board's RJ-45 for Gigabit Ethernet.  The most notable omission was FireWire which is reserved for the Pro version of the board.


On the Northbridge, Gigabyte mounted a stylish gold passive heatsink to keep the chip running within normal operating temperatures.  Around the LGA775 socket, the board layout was clean and left ample room to work with the tension pins of the CPU cooler.  Lastly, three fan headers were provided to drive the CPU cooler and an additional two system fans.

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