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ECS P45T-A (Intel P45)

ECS P45T-A (Intel P45)
Author: Aleksandr Mitrofanov
Date: 18.07.2008

Chipset Intel P45
CPU LGA775 Pentium 4 FSB 1333/1066/800/533 MHz
Celeron Prescott FSB 800/533 MHz
Dual-Core Pentium4 Smithfield/Presler
Yorkfield, Wolfdale
Quad-Core Kentsfield, Dual-Core Conroe/Allendale
Memory DDR2 667/800
HDD 1x UltraDMA/133
7x SerialATA(RAID)
Extras Audio Intel HDA
12 USB 2.0
Gigabit Ethernet
Price: n/a

Today, we are reviewing the ECS P45T-A motherboard. This is the first product based on the most recent P45 chipset which belongs to the 4th series of Intel chipsets.

Here are the key traits in brief. They are two: support for the PCI Express v2.0, and symmetrical distribution of the bus lanes among the x16 slots. Therefore, in terms of support for the AMD CrossFire, any motherboard based on the P45 with a couple of graphics slots is a good alternative to motherboards based on the top-end Intel X38 and Intel X48 chipsets.

Among the secondary aspects, we note the memory controller that supports both DDR2 and DDR3 as well as that the SLI technology does not work on motherboards based on P45 (generally, with all motherboards on Intel chipsets). The last point to note - a bad news for NVIDIA, since the company will certainly not get a license for the QuickPath Interconnect (QPI) interface, therefore will not be able producing legally the high-end chipsets for future Intel platforms.


ECS P45T-A Specifications


CPU - Intel Pentium 4 (Prescott (2M)/Gallatin/ CedarMill) with the bus speeds 1066/800/533 MHz
- Dual-core Intel Pentium D / EE (Smithfield/Presler) with the bus speeds 800/1066 MHz
- Intel Celeron-D (Prescott) with the bus speed 533 MHz
- Support for Intel Core 2 Duo (Kentsfield, Conroe/Allendale) with the bus speeds 1333/1066 MHz
- Support for Intel Yorkfield, Wolfdale with the bus speeds 1333/1066/800 MHz
- Socket LGA775
- Support for HyperThreading
Chipset - North bridge Intel P45 (MCH)
- South bridge Intel ICH10R
- Interbridge communication: DMI
System memory - Four 240-pin slots for DDR2 SDRAM DIMM
- Maximum memory capacity 16 GB
- Supported memory DDR2 667/800
- Dual-channel memory access
Graphics - Two PCI Express x16 slots
Expansion options - Two 32-bit PCI Bus Master slots
- Two PCI Express x1 slots
- Twelve USB 2.0 ports (6 integrated + 6 additional)
- Integrated High Definition Audio 7.1
- Gigabit Ethernet LAN controller
Overclocking options - FSB adjustable within (200) 333 to 700 MHz in 1 MHz increments
- Adjustable voltages on the CPU, memory
Disk subsystem - One link for UltraDMA133/100/66/33 Bus Master IDE (JMicron JMB361; with support for up to 2 ATAPI devices)
- Support for SerialATA II (6 links - ICH10R, with support for RAID 0, 1, 5, 10)
- Support for SerialATA II (1 link - JMB361)
- Support for LS-120 / ZIP / ATAPI CD-ROM
BIOS - 8 MBit Flash ROM
- AMI BIOS with support for Enhanced ACPI, DMI, Green, PnP Features
Misc - One port for FDD, one COM port, ports for PS/2 mouse and keyboard
- Buttons for system start-up and reset
- STR (Suspend to RAM)

Power management - Wake-up on modem, mouse, keyboard, LAN, timer, and USB
- Main 24-pin ATX power connector
- Additional 4-pin power connector
Monitoring - Monitoring the temperature of the system, rotational speed of the two fans
- SmartFan
Dimensions - ATX form factor, 245x305 mm (9.63" x 12")


The package of ECS P45T-A has the following design:


Package bundle

  • motherboard;
  • User's Manual in English + brief usage guide;
  • Software & drivers CD;
  • one ATA-133 cable;
  • four SerialATA cables;
  • a cap for the rear panel of the housing.

The package bundle looks scanty and somehow unbalanced. In particular, the SerialATA cables come without power supply adapters for respective devices; there are no additional brackets for USB ports.


As regards the user's manual, it was definitely written in a haste and has a number of grammar and logical flaws.


In view of the product's retail price, we rate the package bundle as "3.5/5".


  • Page 1 - Specifications
  • Page 2 - Layout
  • Page 3 - Expansion options
  • Page 4 - BIOS, system monitoring
  • Page 5 - Overclocking and stability
  • Page 6 - Performance and conclusions

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