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Gigabyte does SiS - 655TX hits the shelves for Pentium 4 - Conclusion

We have another Gigabyte motherboard on the test bench today in the form of the 8S655TX Ultra. It is based on the new SiS 655TX chipset for the Pentium 4 including Prescott. We compare against Intel 875P and VIA PT880.

By: | Editorials in Motherboards | Posted: Apr 30, 2004 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 6.0%Manufacturer: Gigabyte



The SiS 655TX chipset after the tests we have seen can be classed as a mid range or mainstream product, however, something that you might not want to consider for your high FSB super bandwidth system.


Gigabyte has done a reasonably good job putting together an all in one super board that has everything or more then what you are looking for in current and future hardware requirements. While this may be good, the hardware, software and overclocking sides need to be greatly improved. Limited voltage steps on the DRAM and CPU makes it an overclocker's nightmare. In fact in tests we managed to only push our memory 20MHz above standard with the 2.6v maximum on the DIMM. When the memory is clocked back the FSB keeps going until the memory is clocked too high again, defeating the purpose of this kind of overclock.


Overall Gigabyte has done its usual work with nothing special in the way to convince overclockers they should choose their product. In point of fact, their other PT880 and Intel based motherboards are a more powerful choice for your overclocking dollars.


- Pros




Serial and Parallel ATA RAID




Gigabit Ethernet


- Cons


Placement of the 4 pin power connector needs work


Very poor overclocking options for memory and CPU voltages


Better chipsets options available


Rating - 6 out of 10




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