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Gigabyte SINXP1394 (SiS655) Motherboard Review - Conclusion

When SiS first began jumping into the Pentium 4 chipset race, some folks turned their heads the other way. But they have made a huge impact in this market niche and continue to do so today. Come join Cameron "Sov" Johnson as he takes a look at the Gigabyte SINXP1394 Motherboard based on the new SiS655 chipset. With such buzz words as Dual Channel DDR support and onboard Firewire, things are looking to get interesting!

| Editorials in Motherboards | Posted: Feb 25, 2003 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.0%Manufacturer: Gigabyte

Conclusion

 

Gigabyte has pulled together lately a string of great motherboards for the overclocking segment, and the SINXP1394 adds to their success. Layout of the board is almost exceptional apart from the placement of the 4-pin power connector. Color coding of the DIMM sockets for identification between the two channels is a masterpiece.

 

The onboard peripherals are tried and true. Silicon Image is the best Serial ATA controller on the market, simply because it isn't a Parallel to Serial solution. The ITE GigaRAID solution is the first we have seen of this chip, but our tests shows it to be on par with the Promise controller in terms of performance, but setup takes a bit extra compared to the rest of the controllers on the market.

 

The use of the onboard Firewire shows that Gigabyte isn't going cheap on the supplied features that come with the chipset itself. The Firewire controller provided no incompatibilities and was detected in Windows XP without any hassles and without any performance degrading.

 

Overclocking, while limited by some voltage limitations, was still a very good affair. We managed to run a FSB of 163MHz FSB and a max memory speed of 392MHz. Without the addition of memory voltage settings we weren't able to run the memory above 400MHz.

 

- Pros

 

Fast

 

Stable

 

Dual DDR support

 

Hyper Threading support

 

Firewire

 

Dual RAID

 

6-Phase Power

 

- Cons

 

Placement of the 4-pin connector

 

Limited memory and AGP voltage selections

 

Rating - 9/10 and TweakTown's Editors Choice Award

 

 

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