Summary: In addition to the P45 chipset's inherent PCI Express 2.0 and dual videocard Crossfire support, Gigabyte's EP45-DQ6 motherboard boasts no less than four gigabit network ports, ten SATA channels, three IEEE1394 Firewire and twelve USB2.0 ports!
Excerpt: If you don’t just like Gigabit ports—you love them— Gigabyte’s GA-EP45-DQ6 is the motherboard for you. This mobo has four Gigabit ports that can be teamed together for one seriously fat-ass network connection.
Pros: Healthy dose of PCI-E slots and well-labeled USB and FireWire headers.
Cons: Performance lags behind other P45-based motherboards.
Excerpt: Enthusiasts have experienced a rash of motherboard chipset releases as of late, with no shortage of such releases coming from the Intel camp alone. The new introductions have ranged from the X38, X48 and the P45.
Conclusion: Lets deal with the negatives first and get that out of the way. If your using a full length NVIDIA GPU like the new GTX-260 with it’s full length cowling your going to obscure a couple of Sata ports.
Conclusion: We do think Gigabyte has made a motherboard with a lot of potential here – the board currently works very well under default conditions. It has tons of features—and some are genuinely great little nuggets—far, far better software and very good performance for DDR2 but even though it has lots of BIOS...
Conclusion: At the start of this review we asked whether Gigabyte had created the complete package with the EP45-DQ6…a fast, fully-featured, overclockable, stable motherboard with no show-stopping faults. Now, after our exhaustive review, we can state that they have mostly succeeded.
Pros: Longest features list in the history of features lists, Excellent overclocking capabilities, Great cooling system, Quad VGA Support, Fantastic BIOS, EasyTune6, Good layout
Cons: Expensive (but worth it if you need all of the features), Wish there was an option to disable the onboard LEDs in the BIOS, Not enough temperature and voltages readouts/sensors, Some SATA ports blocked when a graphics cards is installed in the second PCI-E x16 slot
Summary: Resumen: Gigabyte combina lo mejor de sí misma y del chipset P45 de Intel para dar vida a la GA-EP45-DQ6, una placa de muy alto nivel sólo apta para los que buscan lo máximo.
Pros: Acabados, Sistema de refrigeración excelente, Grandes posibilidades de expansión (USB, SATA, PCI-E), BIOS muy completa, destinada al overclock, Componentes de primer nivel, Monitorización mediante LEDs y botones de servicio
Cons: Ordenación de elementos en el PCB, Relación precio-rendimiento
Conclusion: Ok, tengo que admitirlo. Este motherboard es excelente producto para lo que ofrece. Las funciones exclusivas de Gigabyte además de todas las características propias son algo que para una persona entusiasta, que gusta de facilitarse la vida y de tener un PC muy completo no va a desaprovechar.