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Gigabyte GA-M78SM-S2H Review



So will this little board pack a big enough pounch to catch up to the big brothers it pairs with? Does size matter? Well, there is only one way to see and that is to push it to the limits. I will be stressing the Gigabyte GA-M78SM-S2H using a variety of scientific and video benchmarks to see how well it scores at stock and overclocked speeds. Then I am going to put it up agaist several motherboards to see how it compares. All settings, voltages, timings, and latencies will be run at stock specifications to keep out any variables that may interfere with the scores and cause unwanted results.


Testing Setup:


Comparison Motherboard:





Overclocked settings:

Man giving birth to an elephant must be easier than overclocking the GA-M78SM-S2H board. This thing didn't like anything I threw at it and kept spitting out BSODs one after another. I know I have been able to overclock the Phenom 9600 to 2.7GHz by just raising the multiplier, but this board didn't like anything over 12.5x even with the vCore pumped to 1.5v. Little by little, I started from stock and pushed it a little further. I ended up at 1.45v and sable at 203MHz with a 12.5x multi. This gave me an overclock of 239MHz for an end result of 2539MHz, which is what the overclock tests will be run at.



  • Scientific & Data:
  1. Apophysis
  2. WinRAR
  3. SpecviewPerf 10
  4. PCMark Vantage Professional
  5. Sandra XII
  6. ScienceMark 2.02 Final
  7. Cinebench 10
  8. HD Tune 2.55
  • Video:
  1. Crysis
  2. Knights of the Sea
  3. Bioshock
  4. Call of Duty 4
  5. World in Conflict
  6. Call of Juarez
  7. Company of Heros-Opposing Fronts
  8. 3DMark 06 Professional

  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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