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Gigabyte's New Pentium 4 Solutions - 8IEXP and 8IGX - 8IGX Features

Gigabyte's line of motherboard in the past have been questionable and plagued with problems. Some people have had success with them, while others have had nothing but problems. In the last 6 months they have tried to improve their PR and success records to 100% and are doing a good job at it, by listening to what we really want. Today Cameron "Sov" Johnson takes a look at two new Pentium 4 motherboard solutions from Gigabyte - Namely the feature packed 8IEXP and the more value based 8IGX.

| Editorials in Motherboards | Posted: Jul 11, 2002 4:00 am

Features of the 8IGX - The Value Market Board

 

Layout

 

 

The layout of the 8IGX motherboard is not that dis-similar to that of the 8IEXP. Using the same 1/6/1 (AGP/PCI/Riser) layout, you might be mistaken for thinking that this board is aimed at the enthusiast, which it isn't. The power connectors on the 8IGX are identical to the 8IEXP so the same issues with the four pin connector arise here, as well. The 23 pin on the other hand is perfectly placed behind the FDD and media card ports in the upper right hand corner of the board.

 

Intel I845G

 

 

Gigabyte have chosen the Intel I845G chipset paired with the ICH4 to power the 9IGX motherboard. That gives us 533FSB, DDR-266 memory support, AGP4x and USB 2.0 along with the Intel Extreme Graphics built into the Northbridge. While the Intel I845G does support DDR-333 unofficially (we saw this in our EPoX 4G4A+ review), Gigabyte haven't enabled the support for it, most likely due to this board being more focused towards being a value board than most other I845G boards on the market.

 

Dual BIOS - Even for The Value Board

 

 

This is nice to see, even on a value motherboard Gigabyte is adding its Dual BIOS technology. As we mentioned earlier, this comes in handy if you accidentally destroy your main BIOS by a bad flash or loss of power during the update process.

 

Smart Media Interfaces

 

 

For a value board, it does come equipped with one optional extra - Three Smartmedia ports. These ports are controlled by the Winbond SuperIO controller. This controller allows you to connect MMC, Memory Stick and Sim Card Readers to the motherboard. While the connectors are there, you don't get the interfaces for it.

 

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