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Gigabyte GA-8VT880 Ultra - Retail VIA Pentium 4 Dual Channel - Conclusion

We have the Intel Prescott supported Gigabyte GA-8VT880 Ultra motherboard under the spotlight today. It is based on VIA's PT880 Dual Channel chipset for the Intel Pentium 4 line of processors. We compare it against Intel's Canterwood chipset.

By: | Socket AM3/AM3+ in Motherboards | Posted: Apr 20, 2004 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 7.5%Manufacturer: Gigabyte



Gigabyte is definitely one for trying new things. For us it can be a way to get our hands on either one of the hard to find SiS chipsets or the new VIA PT880, but sometimes there is a cost - either not enough overclocking, lacking certain features or overall no BIOS updates to rectify problems since so much is being taken on.


The GA-8VT880 Ultra is a motherboard that has some potential; however, just a few things set it back. Firstly the placement of the 4 pin power connector. We have given Gigabyte some head way when it comes to this problem, but it doesn't seem to be something that is coming to the attention of the R&D department. For low cost motherboards it is fine but for avid overclocking motherboards, times are changing and something needs to be done.


Overclocking options while good could be improved. After all, EPoX, a company who once had no overclocking motherboards have pulled themselves to one of the top overclocking manufacturers, and with some careful work, Gigabyte could as well.


On the good side, we have a reasonable overclocking set, Gigabit Ethernet, Firewire and PATA and SATA RAID which are both a great bonus especially for IDE RAID users who are still in existence.


The Gigabyte GA-8VT880 Ultra has proven to be a motherboard worthy of a mid-class system, but for hardcore overclocking, look elsewhere.


- Pros


Reasonable overclocking set


Relatively good performance


Gigabit Ethernet






- Cons


Overclocking could be improved


Placement of 4 pin power connector needs rethinking


Rating - 7.5 out of 10




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