The GA-8S655TX Ultra includes an excellent software bundle which
features Norton Internet Security 2003 (comprising Norton Antivirus, Norton Personal Firewall, Norton Privacy Control,
Norton SPAM Alert and Norton Parental Control) specifically.
In this day
and age of email viruses, bundled software that helps safeguard the consumer from all
sorts of potential problems is a nice extra.
Lastly we find an onboard IDE RAID controller with
the motherboard. Too many boards these days are built for the future and
not the present; and that can be a problem for users who have multiple IDE
HDD's. The GA-8S655TX Ultra does its best to make sure that there is no downtime
with the aid of a dual BIOS system. While flashing a BIOS is pretty
uneventful, disaster can often strikes when
we least expect it....
There's not much to complain about with the Gigabyte GA-8S655TX Ultra. I guess
one thing I don't understand is why Gigabyte does not have
a clear CMOS jumper on their motherboard. Users must short solder points
if they wish to reset the BIOS.
Additionally, why the user is forced to press CTRL + F1 to access the Advanced Chipset
Features is something I will never understand... If the manufacturer is
trying to protect the end user from damaging their components, they should just
lock out the Frequency/Voltage control options altogether.
655FX & 655TX? What's the difference?
As you probably recall, PCstats was quite impressed with
what the SiS' 655FX chipset
had to offer in our last review. SIS released a newer
revision called the SIS655TX whose main improvement revolves around the memory controller.
Picture taken from Gigabyte PP Presentation
picture above shows, what will take the 655FX four clock cycles to accomplish
will only take two clock cycles in the 655TX. Memory performance of the older FX
was already around i865PE levels, now it should be closer to the i875P - which is
very significant for SIS considering the chipset is targeted towards the
If you're interested in learning a bit more about the HyperStreaming
Engine that powers it the SiS 655TX, please read our SiS 655FX
Reference motherboard review.
It should also be noted that the SiS 655TX is fully
compatible. The last thing anyone potential motherboard/PC buyer wants to know is
that they'll have to upgrade the motherboard if they get a new processor. This
is possible because the 655TX is FMB 2.0 (Flexible
Motherboard) and VRM 10.0
(Voltage Regulator Module) compliant. Current i865PE/i875P based
motherboards may or may not work with the
upcoming Prescott processor, it really depends on how well the boards powersupply