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The Gigabyte GA-8IHXP package.

View of the Gigabyte GA-8IHXP.

Of all the test candidates, Gigabyte's board was the most impressive: the integration of the new ICH4 Southbridge, which offers USB 2.0 support, is striking. Not even Intel integrated the new Southbridge in its test sample. Gigabyte continues to use six layers, which paves the way for more chips and more features. These include a sound chip (Creative CT85880), network chip (Realtek RTL8100BL), RAID controller (Promise PDC 20276), Dual BIOS and an additional USB 2 function. In total, there are ten ports available for USB 2.0, thus allowing the user to do away with parallel ports entirely. To be on the safe side, Gigabyte equips the Northbridge with an active cooler in order to keep the temperature of the chip as low as possible.

The accessories provided with the Gigabyte GA-8IHXP.

Internal USB-2 cable included.

Interfaces on the Gigabyte GA-8IHXP.