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

Est. Street Price: $130

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A Closer Look

The 8IPE1000 Pro2-W comes with a pair of rear PCI bracket connectors:

All of the internal connectors here are keyed, which makes installation easy. Simply plug in the adapters for each the FireWire, USB, and Audio ports, and you're good to go! Only a single USB adapter was included, since the others will be taken by the WiFi adapter.

Just like the last Gigabyte board we looked at, I wish they would have dropped the second COM port and put the extra audio connectors right there on the rear panel. This would have made for less clutter.

One thing worth noting now is that the audio connectors on the 8IPE1000 Pro2-W feature "UAJ" capability. This allows you to set exactly how the ports function from Windows. Tired of wondering if green is for the front ports and what the hell the blue one is for? Just plug in all your speakers, install the drivers, and from there you can set up your speakers properly! Nice feature to have for sure.

The 8IPE1000 Pro2-W makes use of Intel's ICH5 SATA connectivity (NOT the ICH5-R, which would have RAID1 or RAID0 capability), so all the cables are included to get you going. I love the single-molex-to-dual-SATA cord, it is a life saver when you're running out of molex connectors and have two SATA drives!

Just another one of those 'little things' Gigabyte has to make our lives easier; Dual BIOS. I am sure you know what it is all about by now. I just wish they had at least one removable BIOS chip, just in case they both get fried...

Finally, we have to ask, "How many PATA IDE cables are included?". In the $200 Gigabyte board we looked at last month, they included THREE IDE cables!

This time, they include just one. Dammit.

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