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Although we can say that we've already glazed upon a few P45-powered motherboards built by Gigabyte, it seems we ain't seen nothing yet. Although the upcoming P45 chipset from Intel is a mid-range part, Gigabyte has went all the way to make it enthusiast-worthy with the EP45 Extreme board which can be viewed below.

Starting off shy with features like support for 45nm 1333 MHz FSB processors and DDR2-1200 memory and CrossFire through one PCI-Express 2.0 x16 and two x4 slots, Gigabyte motherboard goes over the top when it comes to cooling. We like shiny copper as much as the next person but with the EP45 Extreme Gigabyte probably went over the top as, in addition to the PWM, northbridge and southbridge heatsinks and the heatpipes between them it has added a fin array just above the PCI slots. The whole contraption can be taken off though, and that will enable the connection of a water-cooling system to the northbridge heatsink.

Expected to be available in limited numbers, the EP45 Extreme is set to come bundled with a LN2 duct for the CPU and a new version of the EasyTune application. No word on the release date of this miniature copper mine but June seems like a safe bet.
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post #2 of 52
Holy crap......
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For a second, I thought it was a copper HR-03
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For a second, I thought it was a copper HR-03
Slap a 120mm fan on it though.....
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holy crap that's a huge cooler. Is it really necessary?

it seems to stick slightly out of a pci slot... interesting
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I think we found the reason for the world-wide copper shortage.
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Oh good lord....... atleast it's better than the crappy waterblocks Manufacturers are throwing on mobos now.
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Do want.If they have a x48 with that on it im buying it for a new build.
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For a second, I thought it was a copper HR-03
HR-03s are copper, just nickel plated As for the board, while Gigabyte makes some damn good motherboards, they are always really ugly. Can't they just make a black PCB with no more than two colors for the connectors/slots?
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