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GigaByte GA-8PE800 Ultra Motherboard Review

/ Jun 2nd, 2003 No Comments

More and more we’re seeing motherboard manufacturers revamping and re-releasing 800mhz FSB Intel 845PE motherboards to hold us upgrade geeks over until the 865 and 875 platforms come through for us to drool over. Fortunately enough Gigabyte has hit a winner with their 845PE board. Although it’s going to be considered an older model of board in the short future, the 845PE is still very much supported with support for Intel’s latest Hyper-Threading technology.

So just what is an Intel 845PE? The Intel 845PE chipset offers support for the latest Intel processors, including HyperThreading technology, and it also offers support for DDR RAM of up to 333 MHz. Okay great – but what exactly does 800mhz FSB mean? The original Pentium 4 was released based on the 0.18-micron Willamette core. The NetBurst FSB ran at a 100MHz frequency and sent data 4x per clock, effectively making it a 400MHz FSB QDR (Quad Data Rate). Intel then introduced the 0.13-micron Northwood core. This core also took advantage of an new 533MHz FSB, the performance boost mainly in terms of IPC and memory bandwidth. Due to these advantages, the 533MHz FSB Northwoods were improved performance processors.

GA-8PE800 Ultra Motherboard

GA-8PE800 Ultra Bundle

You demand the best and we definitely find it for you. You want every imaginable thing on-board with a motherboard? Then GigaByte’s 8PE800 Ultra motherboard (P4 platform) is exactly what you’re looking for. We were blown away by the bundle that was put together for this motherboard, making it a dollar-for-dollar winner for consumers. HyperThreadin Support, Gold plated active fan sink, Intel Kenai 32 Gigabit LAN, 6-Channel on board AC’97 sound with S/P-DIF function, IEEE1394 (FireWire), USB 2.0, DDR333 Memory support, 4X AGP slot, Promise RAID (0,1), Sertial ATA interface with 150MB/s transfers, and a color coded front panel design. Beautiful! Couple all that together with two fantastic titles – EasyTune 4 (OverClocking Utility), and Norton Internet Security 2002 (AntiVirus, Personal Firewall) – and you’ve got one heck of a bundle that is worth your upgrading dollar.

Performance Tests

PCMark2002 is a multipurpose benchmark, suited for benchmarking all kinds of PCs, from laptops to workstations, as well as across multiple

Performance Test Results

Performance Test Results

Windows operating systems. PCMark2002 Pro consists of a series of tests that represent common tasks in home and office programs. PCMark2002 also covers many additional areas outside the scope of other Futuremark benchmarks.

Our Test system:: P4 2.53GHz Chip, 512MB RAM 266

The Results received from the tests scores:

CPU Score :: 5905
Memory Score :: 5267
HDD Score :: 805

SiSoftware Sandra is an information & diagnostic utility. It works along the lines of other Windows utilities, however it tries to go beyond them and show you more of what’s really going on. Giving the user the ability to draw comparisons at both a high and low-level. You can get information about the CPU, chipset, video adapter, ports, printers, sound card, memory, network, Windows internals, AGP, ODBC Connections, USB2, 1394/Firewire, etc. We used this utility to test the CPU Arithmatic, the Memory Bandwidth, and CPU Multi-Media. The results are:

Overall the motherboard performs very well in the performance tests, SiSoft Sandra and PCMark2002. Considering the performance benchmark scores, and the fact that this board has just about everything you can imagine on-board already, it’s quite a performer.

Installation

The GA-P8PE800u Motherboard installed with tremendous ease. Installing the CPU, memory, and mounting the motherboard on the case was as easy as any other motherboard I’ve seen. The included manuals and drivers allowed a very easy and stress free installation.

Value, price point

The GA-8PE800 Ultra motherboard is a fanastic motherboard to buy if you don’t need the 865 and 875 chipsets just yet and want to save yourself a few dollars. The price point in comparison to other vendors is strong, and backed by tremendous support on their website. The fact that the software included is so strong, which includes EasyTune 4 (a powerful and easy-to-use overclocking utility), and Norton Security 2002 (inclues Anti-Virus, Personal Firewall, Parental Control…) the entire bundle itself is a fantastic value.

Usefulness and Longevity

Motherboard Shot

Motherboard Shot

How useful is a new motherboard? Quite useful obviously. For the overclocking fanatic out there, this motherboard will definitely wet your appetite with the right cooling solution for your CPU. For the average consumer looking to upgrade, why not the 845 chipset? It’s robust, well performing, and cheaper than other boards you’ll see out on the market. GigaByte has put together one heck of a bundle here, and there’s no doubt that this board will last you years if you so desire.

Final Thoughts

This is the first product we’ve seen from GigaByte, and we’re extremely impressed with all facets of the board. The performance numbers were impressive, the packaging itself was pleasing, and the quality of the manufacturing is extremely high. This is a good quality product and one you don’t have to worry about when installing in your system. The bundle that it comes with is a fantastic value, and with the support of on-board IEEE1394 (firewire), USB 2.0, and 6-Channel Audio, this motherboard is a perfect solution for loyal Intel customers.

Performance: 10/10
Value: 9/10
Price Point: 9/10
Usefulness: 10/10
Longevity: 9/10

OVERALL SCORE: 94%

Sean W. Gibson

Sean W. Gibson

Founder, Featured Contributor at Gaming Illustrated
Sean Gibson has been the owner and Executive Editor of Gaming Illustrated for over eleven years. His roles include acting as CEO and President of Gaming Illustrated, LLC and also includes being a reviewer, previewer and interviewer. Sean's opinions on this site do not reflect those of his full-time employer.
Sean W. Gibson
Sean W. Gibson

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