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Gigabyte GA-8SIML Motherboard Review - Conclusion

With the recent addition of so many motherboards into the current market, there are just too many to choose from. And with all of this newfound technology, many manufacturers have made the prices about the same across the board to remain competitive. Come join Cameron "Sov" Johnson as he takes a look at the Gigabyte GA-8SIML Motherboard. It is a value board that actually costs less than many of the competitors and is based on the new SiS650 chipset. Can this low-cost board be considered in the same league as so many others? Lets find out.

| Editorials in Motherboards | Posted: Apr 18, 2002 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 7.0%      Manufacturer: Gigabyte

Conclusion

 

In all, the Gigabyte GA-8SIML is a reasonably good performer for the value P4 market, though really how can you have a value P4 market with the CPU costing the most out of the entire system. Looking at setting up a P4 system with 256MB RAM, 40GB HDD, P4 1.8AGHz you are looking at around retail (AUD) $190 for a Seagate Barracuda 40GB HDD, $200 for the board, $150 for 256MB DDR SDRAM and a whopping $460 for the CPU. That's a bit steep. With rumors of the P4 Celeron (cheaper version of the P4), this board could be an alternative providing the P4 Celeron is 478-pin.

 

- Pros

 

Stable

 

Reasonably Fast

 

Moderately priced for budget board

 

- Cons

 

Lack of AGP or DIMM voltage adjustments

 

Very little overclocking with available options

 

Some compatibility problems with external PCI cards on PCI #3

 

Rating - 7/10

 

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