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Gigabyte GA-MA69G-S3H Motherboard

Former staff writer    -   August 5, 2007
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Installation:

The Gigabyte GA-MA69G-S3H being an integrated motherboard is unlike most of its competitors in the fact that this is a full ATX format board. Most manufacturers have chosen to utilize a Micro-ATX format, which limits the amount of expansion slots. For this project we will use the Thermaltake Mozart HTPC case. The Mozart case is very spacious, but does not come with a removable motherboard tray. After attaching the CPU, RAM and heatsink to the motherboard, I had no problem screwing the motherboard into place inside the case.

 

 

 

Configuration:

The installation drivers for the motherboard are on an auto-play setup disk, which if you choose to use, will guide you through installing all the necessary chipset, video, LAN, sound and utility drivers needed in order to operate the motherboard. Below are some pictures of what is contained on the disk.

 

If you choose a manual install, one of the most important parts of the install should be the chipset drivers. Unless you plan to download a newer version, I suggest that these be the first drivers installed.

 

 

 

Since this is an AMD chipset, you will need to use the ATI SB600 RAID drivers.

 

 

The board does have onboard sound, which is HD and utilizes the Realtek chipset.

 

 




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Board)
  3. Installation & Closer Look (The Bios)
  4. Closer Look (The Bios Continued)
  5. Installation & Configuration
  6. Specifications & Features
  7. Testing (Apopysis and WinRar)
  8. Testing (Specview)
  9. Testing ( PC Mark05 Professional)
  10. Testing ( Sandra X1 Professional)
  11. Testing ( ScienceMark, Cinebench, HD Tune)
  12. Testing (Far Cry)
  13. Testing (F.E.A.R.)
  14. Testing ( Call of Duty II)
  15. Testing ( Quake 4)
  16. Testing (NFS Most Wanted)
  17. Extras
  18. Conclusion
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