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Gigabyte GA-M78SM-S2H Review

ajmatson    -   July 10, 2008
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Specifications:

 

AMD CPU
Support for Socket AM2+/ AM2 processors: AMD Phenom™ FX processor/ AMD Phenom™ X4 processor/ AMD Phenom™ X3 processor/ AMD Athlon™ X2 processor/ AMD Athlon™ processor/ AMD Sempron™X2 processor / AMD Sempron™ processor
Chipset
North Bridge: NVIDIA GeForce 8200 chipset
System Bus
1. Up to 5200MT/s; HyperTransport 3.0 interface for AM2+ CPU
2. 2000 / 1600 MT/s for AM2 CPU
Memory
2 x 1.8V DDR2 DIMM sockets supporting up to 8 GB of system memory (Note 1)
Dual channel memory architecture
Support for DDR2 1066 (Note 2)/800/667 MHz memory modules

(Refer to "Memory Support List" website for the latest memory support list.)
Expansion Slots
1 x PCI Express x16 slot, supporting Hybrid SLI technology (Note 4)
      (The PCI Express x16 slot conforms to PCI Express 2.0 standard.)
1 x PCI Express x1 slot
2 x PCI slots 
Storage Interfaces
NVIDIA GeForce 8200 chipset:
1 x IDE connector supporting ATA-133/100/66/33 and up to 2 IDE devices
6 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors supporting up to 6 SATA 3Gb/s devices
Support for SATA RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 0+1 and JBOD

iTE IT8718 chip:
1 x floppy disk drive connector supporting up to 1 floppy disk drive 
USB
Integrated in the NVIDIA GeForce 8200 chipse
Up to 12 USB 2.0/1.1 ports (4 on the back panel, 8 via the USB brackets connected to the internal USB headers)
Audio
Realtek ALC888 codec
High Definition Audio
2/4/5.1/7.1-channel (Note 3)
Support for S/PDIF Out
Support for CD In 
LAN
Realtek 8211B chip (10/100/1000 Mbit)
Form Factor
Micro ATX Form Factor; 24.4cm x 21cm
Unique Features
Support for @BIOS
Support for Download Center
Support for Q-Flash
Support for EasyTune (Note 7)
Support for Xpress Install
Support for Xpress Recovery2
Support for Virtual Dual BIOS 
Hardware Monitoring
System voltage detection
CPU/System temperature detection
CPU/System fan speed detection
CPU overheating warning
CPU/System fan fail warning
CPU/System fan speed control
Internal Connectors
1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
1 x 4-pin ATX 12V power connector
1 x floppy disk drive connector
1 x IDE connector
6 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors (SATA2_4 & SATA2_5 only can run under AHCI or RAID mode due to NVIDIA chipset limitation)
1 x CPU fan header
1 x system fan header
1 x front panel header
1 x front panel audio header
1 x CD In connector
1 x S/PDIF Out header
4 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers
1 x serial port header
1 x power LED header
1 x chassis intrusion header 
Back Panel Connections
1 x PS/2 keyboard port
1 x Parallel port
1 x D-Sub port
1 x DVI-D port (Note 5)
1 x HDMI port
1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector
4 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
1 x RJ-45 port
3 x audio jacks (Line In/Line Out/Microphone) 

 

 

Features:

  • Introduction
    The GA-M78SM-S2H is GIGABYTE’s next generation, high performance platform based on the new NVIDIA GeForce 8200 Chipset and support for the new AMD Phenom™ quad-core processors, with the latest AM2+ platform support, integrated DDR2 1066 memory controller, HyperTransport™ 3.0 technology links and 128-bit Floating Point Units. In addition, GA-M78SM-S2H features with two innovative S features- Safe, Smart technologies, further providing reliable and user friendly computing and reaching the maximum system performance easily via personalized software settings. GIGABYTE S series motherboards, the champion’s choice for AMD AM2+ platform!

  • Solid Capacitor for CPU VRM
    Stable system operation depends upon the quality of CPU VRM (voltage regulator module). GIGABYTE adopts Conductive Polymer Aluminum Solid Capacitors for CPU VRM to ensure a longer lifespan for systems in daily operation and boost system stability under extreme conditions. CPU VRM with Solid Capacitors featuring better electronic conductivity, excellent heat resistance enhances system durability even operating in high temperature environment.

  • AMD Live Ready
    AMD Live Ready Requirement compliant.

  • Windows Vista Premium Logo Certified
    Windows Vista Premium promises to deliver a streamlined computing experience designed to fundamentally change how users view, find and organize their digital information. With GIGABYTE AM2+/ AM2 solutions enabling support for Vista Premium, GIGABYTE offers a fresh and unique desktop experience that will be more informative, intuitive and completely new...more

  • AMD Phenom™ processors
    The leading-edge performance and unparallel technology of AMD AM2+ Phenom™ processors have built its strength on the well-known AMD64 framework which consisted next generation of HyperTransport 3.0 Technology, and integrated DDR2 1066 memory controller, and 128-bit Floating Point Units. The AMD Phenom™ processors are an ideal choice for multi-media enthusiasts and intensive multi-tasking environments to offer significant performance boosts and provides an overall more energy efficient platform.

  • NVIDIA GeForce 8200 Chipset
    The NVIDIA GeForce 8200 Chipset is the system logic of the latest AM2+ (HyperTransport 3.0) platform from AMD that enables its next generation Phenom™ processors. The NVIDIA GeForce 8200 chipset integrated NVIDIA® Lumenex™ graphics engine and NVIDIA® PureVideo® Technology. This unique combination of Integrated Graphics Processor (IGP) creates a single motherboard featuring a world-class DX10, Shader Model 4.0 graphics and can watch Blu-Ray HD Video, featuring NVIDIA Hybrid SLI Technology that includes GeForce Boost and Hybrid Power technology to provide faster and smoother game-play. In addition to providing intelligent power management to save energy.

  • NVIDIA Hybrid SLI Support
    *GeForce Boost™: Turbocharge the performance of your integrated GeForce GPU. Plug in an NVIDIA graphics card and enjoy the additive performance of GeForce Boost Technology, the easiest and most cost effective way to give your graphics performance an instant boost.
    * Hybrid Power™ : 2 Modes to deliver performance when you need it.
          .Power Savings Mode: Delivers enhanced power savings with the ability to switch off the discrete graphics core when it’s not needed.
          .Max Performance Mode: Turn on the juice for games or other graphics intensive applications.

    * Please use NVIDIA Hybrid SLI certified VGA card (i.e., NVIDIA GeForce 8400, GeForce 9300 series).
    ** NVIDIA Hybrid SLI current only supports Windows Vista.

  • Dual Channel DDR2 1066* MHz
    Experience the advanced technology of DDR2 1066* memory, featuring faster speeds and higher data bandwidth, which delivers superior performance for the most demanding applications. * Whether 1066 MHz memory speed is supported depends on the CPU being used, please refer "Memory Support List" for memory support information.

  • PCI-E 2.0 Graphics Interface
    PCI-E 2.0 doubles the bus standard's bandwidth from 2.5 Gbit/s to 5 Gbit/s, meaning a x32 connector can transfer data at up to 16 GB/s in each direction. PCI-E 2.0 also features improvements to the point-to-point data transfer protocol and its software architecture.

  • HDMI Interface
    HDMI is latest High-Definition Multimedia Interface, which is able to provide up to 5Gb/s video transmitting bandwidth and also 8-channel high quality audio. Via transmitting uncompressed digital data, HDMI is able to reduce signal interference as transferring between digital and analog signal, seen and heard, direct from the source. In addition, HDMI is compatible with HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection), which allowing playback of Blu-ray/ HD DVD and other protected contents.

  • High Definition Audio
    Experience home theater-quality sound with your PC using High Definition Audio for enhanced 6/ 8-channel* audio, improved voice and communication input, and multi-streaming capability.
    * To use 8-channel HD audio, please use the system case with HD audio front panel featured and see manual for detail configuration.

  • Gigabit LAN connectivity
    The Gigabit network interface delivers a high speed LAN connection with data transfer rate up to 1000Mb/s, providing new generation connectivity for the broadband era. Gigabit LAN is ideally for seamless internet connection such as streaming audio and video contents.

  • SATA 3Gb/s & RAID
    This platform supports reliable storage solution for enhanced data protection and data accessing performance. Serial ATA 3Gb/s is firstly introduced in this platform to provide blazingly 3Gb/s bus bandwidth thus higher disk performance. The SATA RAID allows multi-disk designs to be set up as RAID 0, 1, 0+1 based on users’ priority of protection/ performance, and which even makes more accessible by introducing the innovative windows-based facility.

  • Smart
    The Smart featured motherboards of GIGABYTE S series provide GIGABYTE proprietary innovative software such as Download Center, @BIOS, Q-Flash, Xpress Install, Boot menu, and Smart Fan. BIOS and driver management now becomes much easier and user friendly through GIGABYTE Smart features!

  • Safe
    Safe is the key feature of GIGABYTE S series motherboards with the following elements: Excellent hardware design, reinforced BIOS protection through GIGABYTE Virtual Dual BIOS Technology and GIGABYTE BIOS Setting Recovery Technology. Unique system software such as Xpress Recovery 2, PC Health Monitor, HDD S.M.A.R.T., and C.O.M. further strengthen the stability and reliability of your PC!

     




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