Gigabyte EP45-EXTREME

Gaming Benchmarks

 
Quake 4 is a game built on the Doom 3 engine. Benchmarking was performed using Quake4Bench and a custom timedemo recording along with 0xAA, 0xAF settings at a resolution of 1024x768. The benchmark was set to run a total of 5 times, with Quake4Bench automatically calculating an average result at the end of the run.
 
 
 
 
 
 
F.E.A.R. is a game based on the Lithtech Jupiter EX engine. It has volumetric lighting, soft shadows, parallax mapping and particle effects. Included in the game is a benchmark facility that taxes the entire PC system. This benchmark was run a total of 5 times, with the highest and lowest results being excluded and an average being calculated on the remaining 3 results.
 
 
 
Bioshock is a recent FPS shooter by 2K games. Based on the UT3 engine it has a large amount of advanced DirectX techniques including excellent water rendering and superb lighting and smoke techniques. All results were recorded using F.R.A.P.S with a total of 5 identical runs through the same area of the game. The highest and lowest results were then removed, with an average being calculated from the remaining 3 results.
 
 
 
Results Observations
 
A mixed bag of results was to be had in the gaming section of our benchmarking suite. Almost perfectly matching the X48 based board, the EP45 Extreme performed well in Quake and Bioshock but lagged behind the competition in F.E.A.R. These results seem to echo the whole benchmarking that took place today - hit and miss.
 
Let's head over to the conclusion where I will try and put these results into perspective...
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04-11-2008, 08:22:05

w3bbo
All together now, shout EXTREME! Today we get the opportunity to review Gigabytes latest high end motherboard in the guise of the EP45-EXTREME.

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...205236526s.jpg

Read the full review here.

04-11-2008, 08:53:16

Rastalovich
That`s one heck of a cooling idea. It`s so simple, it`s crazy that dfi would go for that rediculous (imo) rear mounted solution over something similar to this. Is it as effective.. no idea.

I`m kinda willing to put forward also that these "designed for 45nm" mobos are perhaps doing an injustice to the Q6600. 35/38 series loved it, and sure the 4 series works well with them, but do they make more of the likes of Q9450 ? Perhaps by design. It`d be an interesting study. For sure there does come a point where we need to move on, and to base further reviews on past results, maybe a best pick of I45 & X48 mobos with a Q9450 would be a firm base. No disrespect to the Q6600. These boards are held back using ddr2 also, there`s another arguement for moving on. They need to do something to the setup of the mobo to tone it down for ddr2 use.

Still can`t stop thinking of that cooler.

Sure looks like a decent board. Does better than some in a few aspects and falls behind on other things.

I`d also like to see Biostar, MSI, Foxconn?? and some other less well know mobos get more of a look in (personal choice), the line ups of Gigabyte and ASUS in the sales lists are extremely numerous, to crazy levels imo. In between them we see 1 or 2 from other people and I do wonder if the object of the game is to flood the stores with ur name.

Great review, good mobo, I`d not buy it for 180 tho myself.

04-11-2008, 12:52:35

fusion1275
Cracking review and mental cooling on that thing!

Typo mistake on "Quake 4" graph title. States BIOSHOCK and not Quake 4.

04-11-2008, 14:46:03

w3bbo
Cheers Rasta for your comments, as always they are appreciated.

Quote:
Originally Posted by name='fusion1275'
Cracking review and mental cooling on that thing!

Typo mistake on "Quake 4" graph title. States BIOSHOCK and not Quake 4.
Fixed, ta!

07-11-2008, 11:16:12

Jaster
The cooling solution gives me one major worry..... that gypsies may break into your house at night to take and melt the copper down.....theres just too much copper on that thing...jebus I think my house has less copper in it...

Nice looking, shame about the lack-lustre performance....hopefully other companies will follow there lead with the cooling solution, as it is nicely unique

08-11-2008, 02:38:56

Lynx
Funny how the nVidia boards got the worst fps and they are meant for gaming.

Silly.

Anyway i wouldnt get this board, there is no point of that cooling if the board isnt a capable overclocker.

08-11-2008, 07:04:44

PV5150
Put your extract into a quote box using the quote tags around the text. It's the 15th icon on the second row of buttons in the editor. Just highlight the text and then click the icon I've shown you below:

http://upload.overclock3d.net/dwn/08...1484/quote.jpg

You will get something like this:

Cream Sauce: Melt butter in medium saucepan and stir in flour. On medium heat, gradually stir in chicken broth. Mix in salt, pepper, nutmeg and cheeses. Stir constantly until the mixture thickens and starts to bubble.



Now add your source by hitting the insert link icon (4th one back from the quote tag one above) after highlighting the sources name.

Cream Sauce: Melt butter in medium saucepan and stir in flour. On medium heat, gradually stir in chicken broth. Mix in salt, pepper, nutmeg and cheeses. Stir constantly until the mixture thickens and starts to bubble.

San Remo

08-11-2008, 07:08:18

Jaster
ignore this...the random cookery quote disapeared
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