Review: Gigabyte GA-M61PM-S2 AM2 Motherboard

sdy284 - December 4, 2006 11:40AM in Motherboards

Gigabyte's GA-M61PM-S2 is geared towards the user who just wants everything to work right away and get the job done without breaking the bank.but at the same time, getting the job done comfortably, because as you will see there are some things that make this board special. It is the Honda Accord of motherboards if you will - not pretentious or glamorous, but just a cut above the Honda Civic. The board is based around Nvidia's GeForce 6100/nForce 430 chipset, and has on-board everything: Nvidia graphics, 8 channel High Definition Azalia audio with a header for optional S/PDIF output, gigabit ethernet, 4 USB ports with 3 internal headers for a maximum of 10 USB ports, 1 firewire port (IEEE 1394) with 2 internal firewire headers, 1 IDE/ATA 133 connector (kind of a bummer since a lot of people still use many parallel ata devices), 4 SATA II ports, and RAID (0,1,0+1,5).