By Leo Waldock
Reviewed: 16 Apr 2009
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2GB DIMM Gigabyte GA-M68M-S2P GA-M720-ES3 GA-M720-US3 GA-M85M-US2H Ram Memory
2GB MEMORY RAM FOR Gigabyte Technology GA-M720-US3
4GB DIMM Gigabyte GA-M68M-S2 GA-M68M-S2P GA-M720-US3 GA-M85M-US2H Ram Memory
4GB DIMM Gigabyte GA-M68M-S2P GA-M720-ES3 GA-M720-US3 GA-M85M-US2H Ram Memory
Hmm, I think it would have made more sense if each motherboard was a different colour on the Performance Results graphs (Green, then Yellow, then Blue etc.), with different processors tried, being different shades of that colour. As it is, I find it a bit confusing to read, especially with having to scroll down (on my monitor at least) to see the key for most of the graphs.
Hi Pbryanw, I totally agree but due to time concerns and Excel 2003 having a rubbish selection of graph colours, these had to do. I'd have needed to create each graph then manually fill in each bar with a different colour in Photoshop to do what you suggest. Not impossible but very time consuming.
The key points with the Gigabyte are that it is quite an average AM2+ motherboard at stock speeds and overclocked although it is very cheap. Once you install a tri-core X3 and unlock the fourth core it becomes a bargain.
This board is more a gem than you realise.I'm using the f4 bios revision and I've unlocked a phenom II x2 550 black edition up to a phenom II x4 b50. Yep I've unlocked two extra cores and it's all stable.People need to remember with this board that it uses nvcc, not acc and as such requires an extra 0.05 volts on the vcore to stabalise all four cores on the x2 compaired to amd chipsets but the unlocking procees is pretty much guarenteed. Pluss at leat 80% of all phenom II x2 550 black editions seem to have four healthy cores so this board combined with the x2 cpu is an enthusiasts dream.RE: The ddr2.While ddr3 can give much more bandwidth, more bandwidth does not necisarily mean more speed especialy when you concider the latency of ddr3. I mean it's nearly double the latency of ddr2 for a small bandwidth increase so that extra bandwidth becomes sort of redundant. Thats why ddr2 is still in use and pretty much the way to go in my book. Perhaps if they can lower the lattency on ddr3 it will rule all but not untill that day.
Just to add to the above...Given my cpu is a black edition, I'm getting an excellent overclock from my cpu, with little effort. My phenom ii x2 550 @3.1 2 core stock is running as a phenom ii x4 b50 @ 3.6ghz. Thats an everyday overclock. I've had it up to a stable 3.9ghz on all 4 cores on air cooling by increasing just the freq multiplier and a small increase in vcore.Odviously with the above I'm using an aftermarket cooler. A xigmatek thors hammer.To switch on all 4 cores successfully on a phenom x2 with this board I would advise setting the vcore to aprox 1.40 volts then switching on nvcc.
hey josey, can u help me out and tell me how to unlock the 2 other cores? i hav the exact same processer and motherboard
I have this board, and I had a lot of trouble with it trying to feed too low an amperage to a 8800 GTS and a Phenom 955 BE, constantly crashing to loss of total power to the computer.Fixed this by upgrading the PSU, but still crashed to desktop during L4D gameplay. Swapped the Phenom for a Athlon and it now flies like a rocket and is very stable. This board and the Phenom 955 do not like each other, so am looking for a motherboard to compliment the Phenom 955 BE, a Zotac GTX 460, and DDR2 memory 1066. Anyone any ideas?
Windows7 X64Phenom 955BE C3 @ 3.93Ghz great overclocker (everyday overclock)OCZ Vendetta2 cooler AirGTX 470 @ 860/1740/4000 loves this board 23626 Vantage score Ensure you have the latest bios release
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