Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-8IPE1000 PRO2-W Review :: Conclusion

03-19-2004 · Category: Motherboards

By Doc Overclock

This board left me with good feeling in the overall perspective, but it had both some plus features and a few minor but worth mentioning setbacks in the final equation. Having only one set of RAID controllers that rely on the ICH5 is fine for the average Joe, but enthusiasts and hardcore users who want to use other RAID arrays other than the 0-1 modes offered by the Intel solution may be disappointed with this as the only option available. My other gripe is that the connectors for the two PATA controllers, the floppy and the main power connector are all located a bit too close to each other for my liking, creating a tight squeeze. This could be readily addressed issue; if the connectors were located in farther proximity from each other it would alleviate this problem easily.

That said it is really all good from here with the GIGABYTE GA-8IPE1000 PRO2-W coming out strong in its features package and being ergonomic within the BIOS making for a quality product for the P4 platform. I really liked the board as far as performance and stability were concerned as no errors occurred during the subsequent testing and burn-in phases here in the lab. The Wi-Fi is definitely a plus and one I consider very cool as it just adds a new element to the desktop environment and furthering the advancement of a cable free world. Essentially everything a new user will need as far as far as the board peripherals are concerned is on-board, audio, LAN, USB, IEEE1394 are all present and accounted for here. I give it an Editors Choice Award as once you get past its few flaws I can highly recommend it to someone looking for a stable easy to use board for the backbone of their P4 system. What can I say it's an imperfect world we live in, enjoy it! Excellent job GIGABYTE, thanks for another high-quality product and one that is priced right to boot, which is always a good thing.