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Gigabyte GA-8TRX330-L Motherboard Review

Gigabyte GA-8TRX330-L Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The ATI RX330 doesn't boast any new innovations. In fact, on paper its feature set is identical to the ATI IGP 300 and 350 chipsets.
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External Mfg. Website: Gigabyte Nov 26 2004   Colin Sun  
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Maximum Motherboard Overclocking and Conclusions

After some discussions for and against removing overclocking benchmarks from PCstats reviews altogether, we have decided to change how we do things. From now on, PCstats reviews will simply list the maximum overclocked speed a motherboard is able to achieve here, rather than include an overclocked score for each benchmark.

Since overclocking can be a very subjective skill, it just makes more sense to keep our benchmarks focused on the stock performance of system components. Plus, by listing the maximum overclocked speeds of various motherboards here, you have a better idea of which manufacturer really does produce the best goods for enthusiasts! Here's a brief list of Intel motherboards and their maximum overclocked speeds (Intel Pentium 4 3.0C test processor) as compared to the Gigabyte GA-8TRS350MT motherboard.

Maximum Overclocked Speeds - PCstats Results

Intel Motherboard Results

Chipset

FSB

Ranking

Epox 4PDA2+ i865PE 235 MHz
Gigabyte GA-8IPE1000 Pro 2 i865PE 230 MHz
Gigabyte GA-8TRX330-L RX330 227 MHz
Albatron PX875P Pro i875P 225 MHz
Gigabyte GA-8KNXP i875P 225 MHz
Gigabyte GA-8KNXP Ultra-64 i875P 220 MHz
Asus P4R800-V DLX Radeon 9100 IGP 216 MHz
DFI LANParty PRO875B i875P 214 MHz
Gigabyte GA-8TRS350MT Radeon 9100 IGP PRO 213 MHz
Gigabyte GA-8S655TX Ultra SiS 655TX 210 MHz
Gigabyte GA-8TRS300M Radeon 9100 IGP 206 MHz

We were pleasantly surprised at how well the Gigabyte GA-8TRX330-L overclocked. A speed of 227 MHz FSB is very nice considering there are no multiplier or voltage adjustments available in the BIOS!

Looks like ATi is serious!

Following the lead of nVIDIA, ATi has branched out from the videocard sector into the chipset world, and the company is learning fast.

ATi's first chipset, the RS300 was a bit on the slow side and had some memory compatibility issues. The company improved on things with its RS350 (Radeon 9100 IGP PRO) and the RX330 is even better. ATi has dropped the "Radeon" name which allows the chipset to create its own identity without being bound to videocards.

The Gigabyte GA-8TRX330-L is a no frills workstation style motherboard with only integrated audio and a Gigabit ethernet controller to boast about. Five 32bit PCI slots fulfill future expansion requirements. The layout of the motherboard is very good, but the placement of the DIMM slots relative to the AGP 8X slot is pretty tight.

While previous ATi chipsets seemed a bit... lacking in performance, the RX330 is positive step in the right direction. It's still slower than Intel's i865PE, but not by too much. The Gigabyte GA-8TRX330-L overclocked to 227 MHz FSB, which is quite impressive; it would be interesting to see how much further it would allow us to overclock with better BIOS voltage options.

If you're still in the market for a Socket 478 motherboard, perhaps you should take a peek at the Gigabyte GA-8TRX330-L. It offers a good alternative to the ordinary Intel based chipsets, and is not lacking in good mainstream performance.

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Contents of Article: Gigabyte GA-8TRX330-L
 Pg 1.  Gigabyte GA-8TRX330-L Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  The ATI RX330
 Pg 3.  System Spec's and Benchmarks
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: Winstone 2004, Winbench 99
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra 2004, Super Pi
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: PCMark04, 3DMark2001, 3DMark05
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: AquaMark3, Comanche 4
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: X2: The Threat, UT2003
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: UT2004, Doom 3
 Pg 10.  — Maximum Motherboard Overclocking and Conclusions

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