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Reviewed by: Carl Nelson [03.03.04]
Manufactured by: Gigabyte

Est. Street Price: $130

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All Layed Out

First and foremost, we have to ask: Where are the ATX and IDE headers?

On the 8IPE1000 Pro2-W, they are conveniently located right by the edge of the board, keeping those fat airflow-disturbing PATA cables out of the way. The 4 pin ATX connector is below the CPU. While it is necessary to put it within a certain proximity of the CPU, I prefer to have it to the side, closer to the DIMM slots. This keeps that stray 4 pin cable out of the way.

Secondly, and this is more of a knit pick than anything, is the placement of the DIMM slots in relation to the AGP slot. With a smaller board, we can see this being a problem:

But it's not a problem with the 8IPE1000 Pro2-W! The AGP slot is down far enough to easily allow installation of DIMMs, even with the clunkiest of NVIDIA cards installed.

One of those 'nice little extras' Gigabyte does to make system installers lives easier is to have a color coded front pannel connector. With the color keys and positive pin indicators, front panel installation is an absolute snap!

Paired up with a layout sticker, system installation is among the easiest you'll find on any motherboard. Just slap this sticker on the inside of your case, and you'll never have to fumble around for a manual, or try to download a PDF on another comp while trying to connect the front USB connector that came with your fancy new case.

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