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.
Dual Channel DDR-400 Support
Fastest Integrated core avalible today
Intel Prescott Ready
No SATA support
No Firewire support
Lacks overclocking support
Rating - 7.5 out of 10
PRICING: You can find products similar to this one for sale below.
United States: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon's website.
United Kingdom: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon UK's website.
Canada: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon Canada's website.
- Gigabyte 8TRS300M - Page 1 [Introduction]
- Gigabyte 8TRS300M - Page 2 [Specifications]
- Gigabyte 8TRS300M - Page 3 [Features]
- Gigabyte 8TRS300M - Page 4 [Benchmarks - Test System Setup and SiSoft Sandra 2004]
- Gigabyte 8TRS300M - Page 5 [Benchmarks - 3DMark03]
- Gigabyte 8TRS300M - Page 6 [Benchmarks - PCMark04]
- Gigabyte 8TRS300M - Page 7 [Benchmarks - Aquamark3]
- Gigabyte 8TRS300M - Page 8 [Benchmarks - Halo PC]
- Gigabyte 8TRS300M - Page 9 [Benchmarks - Jedi Knight II]
- Gigabyte 8TRS300M - Page 10 [Benchmarks - Unreal Tournament 2003]
- Gigabyte 8TRS300M - Page 11 [Conclusion]
Recommended for You
- We at TweakTown openly invite the companies who provide us with review samples / who are mentioned or discussed to express their opinion of our content. If any company representative wishes to respond, we will publish the response here.
Latest News Posts
- ONRUSH gameplay trailer reveals new game modes
- YouTube star John 'TotalBiscuit' Bain has died age 33
- God of War reaches a massive 5 million units sold
- The Wolf Among Us Season Two hit with 2019 delay
- Nintendo's '2nd Unit Set' for the Switch is dockless, $230
- the best value, budget upgrade for me
- best value budget upgrade path
- Buy 3 Pieces Samsung Galaxy S9 SM-G960UZKAXAA 128GB $1.422
- X58a-ud5 rev 1.0 Bios with VT-d support
- HyperX FURY DDR4-3466 16GB Dual-Channel Memory Kit Review
- Micron Launches Industry's First Enterprise SATA Solid State Drives Built on Leading 64-layer 3D NAND Technology
- Micron, Rambus, Northwest Logic and Avery Design to Deliver a Comprehensive GDDR6 Solution for Next-Generation Applications
- Toshiba Memory America Unveils UFS Devices Utilizing 64-Layer, 3D Flash Memory
- ASUS Announces GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Series Gaming Graphics Cards
- ASUS Announces ASUS Hangouts Meet Hardware Kit