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Early Look:Gigabyte P45-DS5 motherboard
Posted by newsbot on April 14th 2008



Gigabyte has done a lot to improve the P45's layoutover itsprevious P35 board – while we loved the DS3R, other products like theEP35-DS4 (pictured right, on the left of the two) had compatibilityproblems with the SATA ports. The P45-DS5 fixes this by making all the SATA ports at 90 degree anglesto the edge of the board so they don't conflict with longer graphicscards. In addition to this there are now tenSATA ports – four of which are from a Silicon Image chipset. While theRAID can't be combined with the new ICH10R southbridge, they all offerNCQ, ACHI and eSATA support.The Gigabyte branded JMicron chipset provides the IDE port which isstill missing from ICH10, like it was from ICH9, and even though theIDE port is awkwardly placed right down the bottom of the board itshouldn't matter too much since there's oodles of SATA for opticaldrives.The DS5 shown here is DDR2 only and supports

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