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ECS P45T-A Intel P45 Express Motherboard Review

ECS P45T-A Intel P45 Express Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: There were something like 370 different variations of the Intel P45 motherboard introduced at Computex 2008 this year when Intel unveiled its 4-series chipset family. That's a lot of motherboard to choose from - pick the ECS P45T-A to save time and money.
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External Mfg. Website: ECS Aug 19 2008   Max Page  
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Hands On Impressions

ECS' P45T-A motherboard has a friendly lay out that won't cause any particular problems whilst installing it. The boards' power requirements are a mix of 24-pin and 4-pin auxiliary connectors, so that's good news for users upgrading an older PC. Most new motherboards require 8-pin EPS12V plugs, but power supplies from two years back rarely had this plug.

There's a basic checklist for what constitutes a user-friendly motherboard in our books, and it goes something like this:

- Plenty of space around the Intel socket 775 processor for bulky heatsinks? Check.

- Memory DIMM levers not too close to the back of the videocard? Passable. They make contact when open, but removing RAM from the P45T-A without pulling out the videocard is possible.

- No obstructions for extra long videocards... check. The SATA slots are offset from space videocard PCB will occupy.

- Extra space between the two PCI Express x16 videocard slots? Check. You won't have problems using a pair of Radeon HD4870 X2 videocards on the P45T-A, there are three spaces in between the two videocard slots. Nice!

To enable Crossfire, just install two compatible videocards and connect the Crossfire cable. The videocards will operate in PCIe x8/x8, as 16 PCI Express lanes are split between the two slots.

Here are a few other nice touches on the ECS P45T-A that caught our attention.


Physical power and reset buttons make setting up a PC for the first time outside the case a pleasure. It's a good tip to do this before dropping all the hardware into the case, just to make sure everything works.


There is only one eSATA ports at the rear I/O, which is somewhat disappointing. Two ought to be the bare minimum.

Next we'll take a quick look at the ECS P45T-A motherboard's highlights, then a quick look at overclocking and benchmarks.

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Contents of Article: ECS P45T-A
 Pg 1.  ECS P45T-A Intel P45 Express Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  — Hands On Impressions
 Pg 3.  Motherboard Highlights Gallery
 Pg 4.  Intel P45 Express and ICH10 Chipsets
 Pg 5.  Overclocking Test Report, Test System Specs
 Pg 6.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Sysmark 2007
 Pg 7.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Sandra XII 2008 Processor
 Pg 8.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Sandra XII 2008 Memory
 Pg 9.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PCMark Vantage
 Pg 10.  Motherboard Benchmarks: 3DMark Vantage, 3DMark06, Super PI
 Pg 11.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Quake 4, FEAR & Conclusions

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