Based on the new Intel P43 chipset, GA-EP43-S3L delivers a record setting 1600MHz Front Side Bus by overclocking for the latest Intel® Core™ 2 multi-core processors, including 45nm CPUs. With supporting dual channel DDR2 up to 1200MHz by overclocking, GA-EP43-S3L motherboard provides the highest levels of performance and stability. GA-EP43-S3L delivers several advanced GIGABYTE innovations including the DES Advanced, Ultra Durable in CPU VRM, DualBIOS design which provide optimized power savings, ultra cooling and ultra data protection.
Smaller, Faster and More Efficient GA-EP43-S3L motherboards paired with Intel 45nm CPUs deliver the very best platform for multitasking, multimedia and high performance gaming. Not only do GIGABYTE's latest motherboards based on Intel Eaglelake chipsets all support Intel's new generation, 45nm multi-core processors.
Dual Channel DDR2 1200 by O.C Experience the advanced technology of DDR2 1200 memory by overclocking, featuring faster speeds and higher data bandwidth, which delivers superior performance for the most demanding applications. * Please refer "Memory Support List" for memory support information
PCI-E 2.0 Graphics Interface PCI-E 2.0 doubles the bus standard's bandwidth from 2.5 Gbit/s to 5 Gbit/s, meaning a x32 connector can transfer data at up to 16 GB/s in each direction. PCIE 2.0 also features improvements to the point-to-point data transfer protocol and its software architecture.
Dynamic Energy Saver Advanced GIGABYTE Dynamic Energy Saver Advanced provides better energy saving capabilities and enhanced system performance. GIGABYTE Dynamic Energy Saver Advanced is the world’s only motherboard energy saving technology with hardware-based Dynamic 4-Gear* Switching. With support for VRD 11.1, GIGABYTE’s DES Advanced allows the motherboard to switch to 1 Gear phase switching during idle, allowing for a dramatic increase in power savings.
GIGABYTE has also retooled Dynamic Energy Saver to allow overclockers to experience the benefits of multi-gear power phase switching while overclocking, providing ultra stable, ultra smooth overclocking performance. * The 4-Gear feature may vary by model. Gear 1 phase switching requires 45nm processors with PSI signal enabled.
Solid Capacitor and Ferrite Core Choke for CPU VRM Stable system operation depends upon the quality of CPU VRM (voltage regulator module). GIGABYTE adopts Conductive Polymer Aluminum Solid Capacitors and Ferrite Core Choke for CPU VRM featuring better electronic conductivity, excellent heat resistance, and ensures a longer lifespan for systems in daily operation and boost system stability under extreme conditions.
Adjusts power consumption automatically according to your LAN cable lengths, up to 10% power savings.
EasyTune6 GIGABYTE has completely redesigned EasyTune6 from the ground up to make it easier than ever to manage and monitor your hardware resources as well as tweak your system settings in order to achieve maximum system performance. Whether you are an overclocking enthusiast, or a computer novice, EasyTune6 provides the tools you need to quickly and effortlessly fine tune your system
DualBIOS™ - Patented Dual Hardware BIOS Protection DualBIOS™ is a GIGABYTE patented technology that automatically recovers BIOS data when main BIOS has crashed or failed. Featuring 2 physical BIOS ROMs integrated onboard, GIGABYTE DualBIOS™ allows quick and seamless recovery from BIOS damage or failure due to viruses or improper BIOS updating.
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safe dual bios, good design, pcie 2.0, 1333 fsb ( in my case) thats what you get for ur 98$ and guess what , im happy with it, cause i didnt wanted to pay more and i dont need crossfire ( im lying here ) and it does what its supposed to do, this is the baby of the range and its show 4Ghz for my e5200? easy but i stopped because im with the intel stock heatsink lol, but a good 3.5 Ghz is possible, the let down is that the 1600 fsb is impossble but i dont know if its the cpu or the mobo wall. but still 1333 is really good if u plan to overclock and for the rest of u guys its a stable mobo to work with.
Overall I am impressed with this board for it's features, stability, wicked BIOS, and solid capacitors. If you are interested in this board, note that you really should read the manual and go through the BIOS with a fine-toothed comb, so-to-speak. Many of the features are set up for maximum compatability, and not so much for performance. For example, if you go with all SATA drives, then you will want to turn on some features that are off by default. If you install a PCIE video card, then you are best to set the default video device to PCIE instead of PCI. Stuff like that. It's a bit silly, but the default BIOS settings are definitely not ideal. That said, I really like this board, and would definitely recommend it to others. Plus, the peace of mind one gets from having solid-state capacitors is really hard to put a dollar value on. It's just a really good idea, and I am surprised more board manufacturers aren't doing it.
The board is very stable and has plenty of options for overclocking, but that is not why I purchased it. It is currently running Ubuntu 64 with a virtualized webserver for practice for coursework, and it works stunningly for this purpose. My energy bill also went down by 20% switching from a P35 to a P43 board.
BEWARE!!! if you plan to use a third party Audio card, do not install Windows SP3 as the Realteck Drivers are NOT compatible and if you need to re-install drives after SP3, you will need to uninstall SP3 and then re-install the Microsoft UAA High Definition divers from the CD.
The northbridge and soutbridge heatsinks could have perhaps gotten a swap: the southbridge heats up to the point where it is slightly uncomfortable to touch, while the northbridge barely gets warm. The northbridge heatsink is also about three times the size of the southbridge, fancy that.
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