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Gigabyte 8TRS300M Motherboard - ATI's first time Pentium 4 chipset - Conclusion

Gigabyte's 8TRS300M motherboard is on the test bench today. It is based on the ATI Radeon 9100IGP chipset for the Pentium 4 and offers the best integrated video performance we have seen to date. HTPC users should focus in on this one, overclockers should not.

By: | Editorials in Motherboards | Posted: Apr 6, 2004 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 7.5%Manufacturer: Gigabyte



The short and sweet for the Gigabyte 8TRS300M is not at all an overclockers or hardcore user's motherboard. The lack of DRAM voltages, lack of high CPU FSB options and absolutely no voltage adjustments is bad news. If you want an overclocker out of this ATI contender, you are heading down the wrong road at a quick pace.


However, it has a great advantage for integrated and HTPC (or Home Theatre PC) users. It definitely has got what could be called the goods.


The support for the 800MHz FSB Pentium 4 as well as the new Prescott CPU gives it current and future Pentium 4 478 support. We also have Dual Channel DDR-400 memory support providing optimal memory bandwidth as well as the new integrated 3D core. This is by far the most impressive integrated core available for any platform - its going to take quite a bit from the other players to produce an integrated solution to compete with this.


The lack of ATA-133 IDE, Serial ATA and Gigabit Ethernet does leave a bit of a sour taste in the mouth. If you want to use SATA drives, you will need an additional PCI card as well as a separate card for Firewire.


Overall this motherboard is definitely one for the HTPC or integrated users, but overclockers should stay clear and look elsewhere.


- Pros


Dual Channel DDR-400 Support


Fastest Integrated core avalible today


Intel Prescott Ready


- Cons


No SATA support


No Firewire support


Lacks overclocking support


Rating - 7.5 out of 10




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