Conclusion: The packaging of the Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P is completely in tune with its mid-level standing in the universe of motherboards. It's bright, catchy, covered in diagrams and text describing its major differentiating features. It does not attempt to seduce on any level with guns, girls, or layers of opulence. It's marketed like a Toyota, not a Lexus, all right? Once the retail package is opened, you are faced with the neatly packaged accessory kit.
Pros: Outstanding BIOS - designed for overclockers!, Silent-Pipe design improves P45 Northbridge thermal stability, Value priced for the features and capability, DDR2 1366, memory support (via OC), Supports 45nm processors with standard 1600MHz FSB, Ultra Durable 3 package w/ high-quality power components, Double-thick layers of copper for the power and ground planes, Advanced Dynamic Energy Saver offers VRD 11.1 ultra-low power state
Cons: Only one PCI Express 16-lane (16 GBps) interface, CMOS Reset Header should be a switch, Complicated BIOS for novice overclockers, Lacks SLI support
Excerpt: Home PCs have reached a new plateau recently with the much heralded release of the Core i7 processor from Intel, which goes hand-in-hand with the X58 Express chipset and the motherboards built upon it. Although the Core i7 does borrow technology from earlier CPUs, there are some major changes including placing all four cores on a single die, adding the memory controller directly to the die thereby foregoing the Northbridge, and having said memory controller able to...
Pros: 2oz. copper in PCB helps board run cooler, Uses inexpensive DDR2, with support up to 1366MHz, Great overclocking results
Cons: BIOS options needs more detail, Tight areas in motherboard layout
Conclusion: With high-end dual-GPU motherboards slowly rising in price, it’s getting harder and harder to find a good motherboard for less than $150. The latest flagship motherboards often sell for $300 or more! Therefore the EP45-UD3P is a refreshing surprise from Gigabyte. Its extra ounce of copper is a feature you’d expect to find on a $200+ motherboard, not to mention the motherboard’s fully-equipped back plate.
Conclusion: The Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P is probably the best motherboard to date for any penny-pincher enthusiast. Its performance is on par with boards selling at twice of asking price (the EVGA 790i FTW that was tested) and yet it has a much lower power consumption. In addition, the number of overclocking tweaks available on this board marvels the boards that are selling twice the price of what this board is asking. We cannot really verify the effect of the 2 oz copper that was used...
Conclusion: In the ultra-competitive mainstream motherboard market, Gigabyte's challenge was to create a new P45 model that would stand above the rest. Have they succeed? Well let's compare the EP45-UD3P to its closest competitor, the ASUS P5Q PRO . Both have two mechanical PCI-E x16 2.0 slots, both have 8 SATA II ports, both have similar RAID functionality, both have eSATA and FireWire ports, both have 8-channel HD audio, both have advanced energy saving technologies..
Pros: - Excellent layout., - Great cooling system., - Impressive overclocking potential., - CrossFire support., - Fantastic BIOS options., - Load-Line Calibration now available., - EasyTune6., - Price (in the United States).
Cons: - Price (in Canada)., - Immature BIOS prevents maximum FSB overclock.
Conclusion: Of the features that Gigabyte has added to its motherboards in the past, having more copper content in the PCB will probably not spark a wave of similar moves by other vendors. The benefits of having the extra copper are hard to quantify, though Gigabyte naturally considers the Ultra Durable 3 series of motherboards to be more premium than its usual mainstream offerings.
Conclusion: Tylko jedna literka w oznaczeniu dzieli tą płytę od testowanie nieco wcześniej EP-45-UD3R, ale w rzeczywistości mogą one zainteresować nieco inne grupy odbiorców. EP-45-UD3P w pełni wykorzystuje możliwości chipsetu będącego jej sercem – Intel P45. W przeciwieństwie do "R" tutaj wykorzystano możliwość utworzenia platformy używającej dwóch kart graficznych w trybie CrossFire.
Pros: Wysoka jakość wykonania, Bardzo duża liczna złącz i gniazd