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Gigabyte 955X Royal Motherboard - for Dual Core Enthusiasts - Final Thoughts

If you're on the market for a mobo which offers plenty of features and performance, Gigabyte's 955X Royal might be it.

| Socket LGA 775 in Motherboards | Posted: Nov 28, 2005 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.5%      Manufacturer: Gigabyte

Final Thoughts

 

It's clear that the battle between the big names is one that is an extremely close race. Gigabyte today has shown that it has ability to produce one of the most feature packed boards on the market as well as back it up with great performance to boot.

 

Gigabyte GA-8I955X Royal Motherboard

Layout, style and functionality are all excellent with only a few exceptions such as power plug placement and layout and placement of some of the ribbon cables need some thought, however, they are still within specifications.

 

Performance of the board is extremely impressive, able to top out the ASUS board on a number of tests. It stands out as a board to contend for your hard earned money and to choose between ASUS and Gigabyte on the I955X is hard to recommend one over the other; it's just a matter of personal choice.

 

Overall the motherboard was a joy to test and never caused us any problems during our tests, including the overclocking results. This is why we gave the Gigabyte GA-8I955X Royal the TweakTown's "MUST HAVE" Editors Choice Award and it does have an awful lot going for it but remember the newer I975 chipset will be ready soon (towards the end of December) which supports a Dual Graphics interface for ATI Crossfire and maybe even nVidia SLI support.

 

- Pros

 

Fastest I955X board to date in our labs

 

Support for Firewire-800 interface

 

Support for up to 10 hard disk drives (SATA and PATA)

 

Support for SATA-II interface

 

Dual Gigabit Ethernet

 

Dual RAID and IDE RAID

 

Superb overclocking

 

- Cons

 

Little pricey

 

Cable placement could have a little better

 

Intel 975 replacement chipset coming out soon

 

Rating - 9.5 out of 10 and TweakTown's "MUST HAVE" Editors Choice Award

 

 

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