Basic Features

EPoX EP-5P945 PRO Specifications
Market Segment: Budget Performance
CPU Interface: Socket T (Socket 775)
CPU Support: LGA775-based Pentium 4, Celeron D, Pentium D, Core 2 Duo
Chipset: Intel 945P + ICH7
Bus Speeds: 200 to 350 in 1MHz Increments (800/1066MHz FSB)
133 to 199 in 1MHz Increments (533MHz FSB)
Memory Speeds: Auto, 400, 533, 667
PCIe Speeds: Auto, 100MHz~150MHz
PCI: Sync., Fixed at 33.33. 37.5, or 40.00MHz
Core Voltage: Default CPU, +.0000V ~ +.4000V in 0.0125V increments
CPU Clock Multiplier: Default, 6x-11x for Core 2 Duo, Locked to CPU
DRAM Voltage: 1.80V, +.05V ~ +.37V in various increments
DRAM Timing Control: SPD, tCAS, tRCD, tRP, tRAS
NB Voltage: 1.50V ~ 1.80V in .10V increments
Memory Slots: Four 240-pin DDR2 DIMM Slots
Dual-Channel Configuration
Regular Unbuffered Memory to 4GB Total
Expansion Slots: 2 - PCIe X16 (1x16, 1x4 operation in multi-GPU setup)
2 - PCIe X1 (must be disabled for secondary x16 slot to operate at x4 operation)
3 - PCI Slot 2.3
Onboard SATA: 4 SATA 3Gbps Ports - Intel ICH7
Onboard IDE: 1 ATA100/66/33 Port (2 drives) - Intel ICH7
Onboard USB 2.0/IEEE-1394: 8 USB 2.0 Ports - 4 I/O Panel - 4 via Headers
Onboard LAN: Gigabit Ethernet Controller - PCI Interface
Realtek RTL8110SC
Onboard Audio: Realtek ALC883 HD-Audio 6-channel CODEC
Power Connectors: ATX 24-pin, 4-pin EATX 12V
I/O Panel: 1 x PS/2 Keyboard
1 x PS/2 Mouse
1 x Parallel Port
1 x Serial Port
1 x RJ45
1 x Audio Panel
1 x S/PDIF Coaxial Out
4 x USB 2.0/1.1
BIOS Revision: AWARD 06.07.27

The BIOS layout and configurable options are representative of a budget performance system. We would like to note that if the second X16 PCI Express slot is not utilized for a GPU in an X4 configuration then it will operate as a standard X1 PCI Express capable slot. Again, note that the two X1 PCI Express slots must be disabled via jumpers in order for the secondary X16 PCI Express connector to work in X4 mode. This slot can also be used for other PCI Express peripherals in X4 mode. While the EPoX EP-5P945 PRO does not offer the BIOS configurability of enthusiast level boards it certainly does contain enough settings to ensure the user has the ability to moderately overclock the board.

The board ships with a standard accessory package along with several BIOS and software features such as Ghost BIOS (BIOS rescue program via a bootable CD), EZ-Boot (ability to choose bootable devices at boot-up), EPTP (EPoX Thunder Probe software based monitoring utility), Magic Flash (Windows based BIOS update program that does not require a DOS flash utility or bootable diskette), and Magic Screen (Windows utility for personal bootup screen design). The board also features a CP80P post port debug LED.

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  • Zoomer - Monday, September 18, 2006 - link

    While anandtech regularly bashes ATi/nVidia for paper launches, wouldn't this be a paper launch too? I can't find it for sale on the egg nor any other site. Reply
  • Gary Key - Wednesday, September 27, 2006 - link

    quote:

    While anandtech regularly bashes ATi/nVidia for paper launches, wouldn't this be a paper launch too? I can't find it for sale on the egg nor any other site.


    I have contacted EPOX about supply, we purchased a retail board from NewEgg for comparison but according to our sources they do not have a firm delivery date so the board was pulled until an ETA is available.
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  • Stele - Wednesday, September 13, 2006 - link

    By the way, another noteworthy point of this review is the superb photography used. The level of detail and focus are excellent, and furthermore there is sufficient, white ambient lighting used so that the board isn't covered in off-colour shadows as if it were photographed under a sofa in the evening or something....

    While some people would dismiss the quality of motherboard photography as a non-issue, for some of us it's important to be able to see up close and gauge at least the layout of various components, connectors etc (better still if we could even see the details of certain components, as was very much the case in this review) without having to actually find a real sample of the board.
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  • Stele - Tuesday, September 12, 2006 - link

    Good review, as can be expected from Anandtech :)

    However, I would just like to point out a little misnomer that's becoming distressingly popular on the web... those little bare-metal capacitors are not called "solid state capacitors". They are, in fact, just aluminium electrolytic capacitors. The difference is that generally, the electrolyte used is of a solid type, rather than the liquid electrolyte the 'traditional' aluminium electrolytic capacitors contain.

    Hence, if you want to differentiate them from the 'traditional' electrolytic capacitors, you could perhaps call them 'solid electrolytic capacitors' but certainly not 'solid state'... that is an old term used to describe circuits that do not use vacuum tubes, during the advent of transistors.
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  • yyrkoon - Wednesday, September 13, 2006 - link

    Suface mount, according to an EE buddy of mine. Reply
  • Stele - Wednesday, September 13, 2006 - link

    quote:

    Suface mount, according to an EE buddy of mine.

    I agree with him perfectly. As much as he's right if he were to call the components in question 'capacitors'. :)

    Surface mount just means it's soldered onto the surface of the motherboard's PCB rather than using the traditional thin 'legs' that poke through holes in the PCB (such a component and mounting technology are called 'through-hole'). As such, while surface mount is an accurate description of the capacitors, it describes another aspect of the components in question altogether :)

    However, because it is an accurate description nevertheless, calling these capacitors 'surface mount' is therefore actually more accurate than calling them 'solid state' ;) Yet the point reviewers are trying to make is not so much that the capacitors are surface-mount, but that they are not the traditional liquid electrolytic type that are more prone to leakage and failure under prolonged exposure to harsh operating evironments (thermally and electrically). Hence, the focus is more on the electrolyte type - solid vs. liquid - rather than surface-mount vs. through-hole.
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  • blckgrffn - Monday, September 11, 2006 - link

    I appreciate this timely review. I was trying to decide whether the GF was a getting a x2 or a Core Duo, and this board is going to solve my dillema.

    If only they had stuck the ICH7R or even just a 2 or 4 port SATA raid controller on there, as the lack of raid is really bogus now. A lot of my customers/friends want RAID1 for redundancy. I know this can be done in software, but hardware raid is much more transparent.

    This board would be a no brainer if it included RAID.

    Thanks again,
    Nat
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  • yyrkoon - Monday, September 11, 2006 - link

    Well, of course I cannot speak for you, or anyone else, but in my opinion, RAID 1 is a bad idea for anyone who is likely to muck up a system. I find that non RAID (possibly USB drive backups, or whatever else you preffer), are often better, and have greater flexability. Another thing to note, is that if Windows isnt nessisary, Linux / BSD RAID 0,RAID 1 is nearly, if not just as fast as Hardware RAID. Also, incremental ghosting of a system drive is another option which is much more flexable.

    Basicly, the only real reason for RAID 1, is in the event of hardware failure, and if you purchase with this in mind, there is no reason why a HDD cant live for 5-8 years easily.
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  • blckgrffn - Monday, September 11, 2006 - link

    Try telling users with 100's of gigs of photos or videos that there HD should have lasted 5 years, not 5 months. I have already been there and it isn't comfortable. There is a reason dell is offering RAID 1 on nearly every desktop model they have. It's the easiest, most transparent way to send your MTBF into the stratosphere.

    Second, my $80 EVGA SLI mobo has all those features, as do many AMD catered motherboards. In the past, Intel boards have also come down to reasonable levels.

    I stoutly refuse to spend more on a mobo than a processor, sorry. And I am not paying $150 for a board that has been gutted of features expected of a high to medium end motherboard.

    Nat
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  • yyrkoon - Monday, September 11, 2006 - link

    And yes, we run a PC buisness here also, and have yet to see a HDD reguardless of how bad off, that we couldnt pull the data off. Most of the time, you just put the drive in another machine, pull the data off, and thats that. Once in a blue moon you have to send the drive off to have a company equiped with the hardware to get at the data, but that is extremely rare. RAID 1 wont work for an accidental deletion, and the like, thats where its the buisness owners responcability to educate average PC users for each situation, and not just try to make a quick 10%-15%(on a HDD) by selling another drive. Reply

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