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Gigabyte GA-M78SM-S2H Review

ajmatson    -   July 10, 2008
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Now that we have seen the hardware end of the Gigabyte 8200 motherboard, let's take a look at the software side of it. Gigabyte makes installing the drivers and software very easy using its Xpress Install program. Xpress Install scans your computer to see if there are any drivers that need to be updated or completely installed and then with the push of one button will install them all for you at once. There are several sections of the CD that have different uses. There is the Chipset Drivers section which has all of the drivers needed to get your motherboard up and running. Next is the Software section which has any additional software that is supplied with the board like @BIOS and more. The third section is the Driver Information tab which explains all of the drivers and software included on the CD, Then there is the Hardware Information Section which tells you about the hardware that is installed on your system. Lastly is the Contact Section which has all of Gigabyte's contact information should you need to get support.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some of the programs included on the CD aid in system functions. @BIOS is a Windows based BOIS updater that will search Gigabyte's servers and download and install the latest BIOS for you with ease. The Easy Tune 5 Pro program makes overclocking your system and even video card easy and brainless without having to reboot each time to change the BIOS settings. i-Cool is a neat little program that will slow the system fans based on temperature to keep your computer not only cool but quiet as well.

 

 

Now that we have the software installed, let's move on to the testing.




  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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