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Gigabyte GA-M78SM-S2H Review

ajmatson    -   July 10, 2008
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Closer Look:

Motherboard Intelligent Tweaker:

The Motherboard Intelligent Tweaker is where all of your overclocking will take place. Here you have control over the CPU speeds, Multipliers, PCI clock speed, and voltages for the CPU and the memory. Here you can also overclock the Integrated Video by percentages in one percent increments. I was kind of surprised on the limited settings that were available here. Even though I know this is a mini board meant for theater PCs and to run cool and quiet, I expected more total control from a Gigabyte board.












The DRAM configuration section I find to be just as important in a BIOS as the CPU settings, however here you are limited to five divider levels and only the CAs timing can be changed from 3T to 6T and you have no control over the others. This was a bad letdown since my Mushkin Redline's, which run at 1000MHz with 5-5-5-12 timings, were forced to run at 5-7-7-24 timings and I know this really hurt some of my performance scores.




Q-Flash Utility:

The Q-Flash Utility allows you to update your BOIS simply and quickly. Just enter the Q-Flash Utility by either the start up sequence or from the BIOS and you will be prompted to either save or update the BIOS. The BIOS files can be stored on any external media such as a floppy, CD, or thumb drive. Select the BOIS update and away you go.



  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look ( The Motherboard )
  3. Closer Look ( The Bios )
  4. Closer Look ( The Bios Continued )
  5. Configuration (Drivers and Programs)
  6. Specifications & Features
  7. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  8. Testing: Apophysis, WinRar
  9. Testing: Specview 10, PcMark Vantage
  10. Testing: Sandra XII Professional
  11. Testing: Sciencemark, CineBench 10, HD Tune
  12. Testing: Crysis
  13. Testing: Knights of the Sea
  14. Testing: Bioshock
  15. Testing: Call of Duty 4
  16. Testing: World In Conflict
  17. Testing: Call of Juarez
  18. Testing: Company of Heroes Opposing Fronts
  19. Testing: 3DMark06
  20. Conclusion
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