Gigabyte EP45-DS3L & EP45T-DS3R

Written by Michael Larabel in Motherboards on 18 August 2008 at 09:37 AM EDT. Page 1 of 9. 18 Comments.

Intel's P45 Chipset was released this summer along with the P43, G43, and G45 Chipsets as the mainstream Eaglelake alternative to Intel's current flagship X48 Chipset. Though over the older X48 motherboards, the P45 has the advantages of using Intel's newer ICH10 / ICH10R Southbridge and support for up to 16GB of DDR2/DDR3 memory, which is double that of what's supported by the X48. Today we are looking at two Intel P45 motherboards compliments of Gigabyte with their EP45-DS3L and EP45T-DS3R. The EP45-DS3L and EP45T-DS3R are just two of Gigabyte's motherboards bearing the P45 Chipset but in total they have eight different motherboards using this version of the Eaglelake Chipset.

GA-EP45T-DS3R Features:

- Intel P45 + ICH10R Chipset
- Dynamic Energy Saver 6-Gear Switching
- Gigabyte Ultra Durable 2
- Intel Core 2 45nm Support
- Supports DDR3-1900MHz (OC) Memory
- 2 x PCI-E 2.0 x16 Graphics w/ ATI CrossFireX Support
- Dual Gigabit Ethernet
- Supports Dolby Home Theater
- Dual BIOS Design
- Hardware Overvoltage Control IC

GA-EP45-DS3L Features:

- Intel P45 + ICH10 Chipset
- Dynamic Energy Saving 4-Gear Switching
- Gigabyte Ultra Durable 2
- Intel Core 2 45nm Support
- Supports DDR2-1200MHz
- 1 x PCI-E 2.0 x16 Interface
- One Gigabit Ethernet
- 8-channel High Definition Audio
- Dual BIOS Design
- Hardware Overvoltage Control IC


Both of these Gigabyte S-Series motherboards have similar green and white packaging that displays various features of the motherboard such as their Ultra Durable 2 technology with ferrite core chokes and all-solid capacitors along with Dynamic Energy Saver and other unique functionality. The accessories included with each motherboard though are a bit different. The EP45-DS3L includes the motherboard itself, the driver CD, user's manual, quick installation guide, Intel LGA-775 CPU installation guide, one ribbon IDE cable, one ribbon FDD cable, two SATA cables, and the I/O shield. The GA-EP45T-DS3R on the other hand includes the EP45-DS3L accessories plus an additional two SATA cables, an eSATA expansion slot bracket, and two eSATA cables.

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