8PE667 Ultra2 i845PE Based Mainboard
The board is almost identical to the 8PE667
Ultra and differs from its twin only in the onboard controllers.
- Package of the standard design which is laminated with plastic with
a some holographic effect;
- Documentation: user manual, manual for
IDE RAID, manual for SATA RAID, poster with brief installation steps - in English;
Cables: FDD, 3 SATA, 3 ATA66/100/133;
- Bracket with SATA connectors
(2 interface connector plus 1 cable with standard SATA and standard IDE);
Bracket with 4 USB ports;
- Bracket with Rear, Center/Sub and S/PDIF-Out
connectors (Coaxial and TosLink);
- Bracket for the rear computer
- CD containing:
- Adobe Acrobat Reader;
- Norton Internet
- Gigabyte EasyTune 4;
- Gigabyte IA
- Gigabyte Face Wizard;
- Gigabyte Windows Utility
- Gigabyte Management Tools;
- Gigabyte BIOS
Surely, such a highly integrated board has some shortcomings in the layout:
audio-ins are in front of the PCI, and the IDE RAID are behind them, and when
a video card is installed it's difficult to handle the memory modules. No switches
The 3-channel switching voltage regulator incorporates 10
capacitors of 1500 uF.
The following controllers are integrated:
- audio controller based on the chipset's capabilities and Avance Logic
ALC650 AC'97 codec supporting 5.1 audio systems and having connectors for front
audio inputs/outputs and for SPDIF;
- network controller based on
the Intel Intel RC82540EM chip supporting 10BaseT/100BaseTX/1000BaseT (Gigabit
- IDE RAID controller based on the Promise PDC20276 chip
supporting RAID 0 and 1 on the protocols up to ATA133;
- SATA RAID
controller based on the Silicon Image Sil3112ACT144 chip supporting RAID 0 and
1 on the SATA150 protocol.
Thanks to the ITE IT8712F-A controller
the board supports (and have connectors) a SmartCard Reader.
The board supports
the DualBIOS technology (there is a backup Flash EEPROM chip with BIOS copy).
+2.5 V supplied to the memory modules is indicated with the LED. When a 3.3V
card is inserted into the AGP slot you will see the LED going on which means that
the card is incompatible.
Non-unsoldered connectors: serial port connector
(it's used on the i845GE based board).
The system monitoring is supported
by the ITE IT8712F-A chip. What is controlled:
- processor voltage,
1.5, +3.3, +5 and +12 V;
- speed of 3 fans;
of the processor (a built-in sensor).
There are 2 connectors for
adjustable and 2 for unadjustable connection of fans (one of them is connected
to a fan on the heatsink of the chipset's north bridge).
of the board: memory slots - 3 DDR SDRAM; expansion slots - AGP/ 6 PCI/ CNR;
I/O ports - 2 COM/ LPT/ 2 PS/2/ 6 USB 2.0; dimensions - 305x245 mm.
can be carried out with:
|BIOS based on Award 6.00PG
||Setup of memory timings
||CAS Latency, Active to Precharge, RAS to CAS Delay, RAS Precharge
|Setup of memory frequency
||Auto, Host/DRAM = 2, 2,5
|Setup of AGP bus
|Setup of PCI bus
|Changeable scaler of AGP and PCI buses
||AGP(PCIx2) = 66-100 MHz in 1MHz steps
|Manual assignment of interrupts
|Changeable FSB frequency
||100-355 MHz in 1MHz steps
|Changeable CPU multiplier
|Changeable core voltage
||1.5-1.75 in 0.025 V steps
|Changeable memory voltage
||Normal, +0.1, +0.2 V
|Changeable chipset voltage
|Changeable AGP bus voltage
||Normal, +0.1, +0.2, +0.3 V
We used the BIOS F2 as the latest available
Gigabit Ethernet and SATA RAID instead of 4 additional USB 2.0
ports and Flash Card Reader support looks like a beneficial replacement. The board
thus looks more attractive than its predecessor 8PE667 Ultra, and it really is
one of the brightest models on this chipset; besides, the speed of both Gigabyte's
solutions is quite high.
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