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Gigabyte AMD Motherboard Roundup Review


Closer Look:

All the boards by Gigabyte use the same installation and programs to help you get the most out of your purchase. To install the software, all you need to do is pop the CD into the drive and the Autorun feature will bring up a box for you to run the installer. Once the installer starts, you will be sent to the main installation screen. This screen has several tabs that will allow you to install drivers and software, view the manuals for the programs, contact Gigabyte support, check your system's specifications, and access the download center for updated drivers, BIOS, and software. For the drivers, there is a button for Xpress Install, which will install all the drivers automatically, rebooting when necessary on its own.




















@BIOS & Easy Energy Saver:

Two of the utilities included with the motherboards are designed to keep you up to date and save you energy. The @BIOS program allows you to update your BIOS in Microsoft Windows from either a disk or from Gigabyte's online servers. This makes keeping your BIOS updated easier than ever. The Easy Energy Saver utility allows the user to set energy saving settings, such as CPU throttling and Dynamic Voltage, so that power is not wasted when the computer is not being used at its fullest potential.



Easy Tune 6:

The Easy Tune 6 utility allows you to seamlessly overclock and tweak your system without having to restart and enter the BIOS every time you want to make a change. There are several tabs on the top that allow you to change and monitor your system. The CPU tab gives you current specifications and information for your system. The Memory tab does the same as the CPU tab, but for your memory, showing you speed and latencies. The Tuner tab has two sub menus, for Frequency and Voltage. These sections let you adjust bus speed, multipliers, and system voltages for overclocking. The Graphics tab allows you to overclock your video card as well, if it is supported. The Smart tab allows you to control the smart fan settings and adjust the C.I.A. 2 settings for instant overclocking based on system loads. Lastly, we have the Hardware monitor tab, which gives you the ability to view incoming power currents and set warning limits.





Now that we have the software installed, we can take a look at the BIOS of the boards.

  1. Introduction & Closer Look (MA790XT-UD4P)
  2. Closer Look (MA770T-UD3P)
  3. Closer Look (MA785GMT-UD2H)
  4. Closer Look (MA785G-UD3H)
  5. Closer Look: Drivers & Programs
  6. Closer Look: The BIOS
  7. Closer Look: The BIOS (Continued)
  8. Specifications & Features
  9. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  10. Testing: Apophysis, WinRAR
  11. Testing: Excel 2007, PCMark Vantage
  12. Testing: Sandra 2009 Professional
  13. Testing: ScienceMark, CineBench 10, HD Tune
  14. Testing: Far Cry 2
  15. Testing: Crysis Warhead
  16. Testing: BioShock
  17. Testing: Call of Duty: World at War
  18. Testing: Dead Space
  19. Testing: Fallout 3
  20. Testing: Left 4 Dead
  21. Testing: 3DMark06 Professional
  22. Testing: 3DMark Vantage Professional
  23. Conclusion
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