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When the Gigabyte GA-EP35-DS4 goes on sale next week it'll sit alongside the GA-P35-DS4 in Gigabyte's extensive range of P35 chipped motherboards. The difference between the two models is that extra letter E in the model code which stands for Energy.

You might be expecting proud boasts of extra power and performance but Gigabyte's new range of Dynamic Energy Saver motherboards actually claim that they will save electricity which cuts costs and takes a tiny step towards helping to save the planet.

When Gigabyte sent me a sample of the GA-EP35-DS4 it said that the board would sell at a £5 premium over the regular P35-DS4 but it turns out that this information is slightly inaccurate. If you follow this link, you'll see that the Dynamic Energy Saver software is available as a free download, provided you have a suitable P35 or X48 motherboard. The GA-EX38-DS4 also qualifies but seems to have been left off the list.

I don't want to give the game away or anything but the model code on the GA-EP35-DS4 is printed on a sticker that has been carefully overlaid on the original GA-P35-DS4 code.

That's a good thing to my mind as it means that Gigabyte is offering an intriguing feature to those of its customers who have bought an Intel motherboard in recent months without any nonsense about throwing away hardware that is nearly new.

Let's take a look at the P35-DS4 before we deal with the power saving feature. It's a CrossFire-esque P35 model that has a similar list of features to the Abit IP35 Pro that we previously reviewed.

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