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Gigabyte GA-8I945GZME-RH 945GZ Express Motherboard Review

Gigabyte GA-8I945GZME-RH 945GZ Express Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Compact microATX boards don't traditionally come with a lot of peripheral expansion slots, but the Gigabyte GA-8I945GZME-RH is pretty good on this front.
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External Mfg. Website: Gigabyte Nov 13 2006   Max Page  
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Overclocking the Gigabyte GA-8I945GZME-RH Motherboard

BIOS Options and Tweaks:

Curiously, at first glance the Gigabyte GA-8I945GZME-RH motherboard seems to be lacking a BIOS chip - at least one that resembles the familiar standard square CMOS Plastic Leaded Chip Carrier (PLCC) package we're all used to seeing.

Instead, what we find along side the PCI Express x16 slot is a Macronix 4Mbit SPI Serial Flash chip. This is an 8 lead surface mounted chip of about 3mm square, in a SOIC package. The tiny BIOS chip occupies hardly any board space, and is not removable. On it is loaded an Award BIOS.

Inside the Gigabyte GA-8I945GZME-RH motherboard BIOS there aren't that many options of special interest, or beyond the usual assortment of configuration tools. You can adjust the memory operating frequency between 200 and 266 MHz (DDR2-400 to DDR2-533), but there are no memory timing choices. There are no overclocking features in the Frequency/Voltage Control section.

In the Advanced Chipset Features section, the GA-8I945GZME-RH's BIOS allows you to choose between the integrated Intel GMA950 video running at all times, or disabling it when a standalone PCI Express x16 videocard is installed. At first I thought that the GA-8I945GZME-RH motherboard supported multiple display video outputs, but changing 'On-Chip VGA' to 'Always Enabled' just chews up memory, it doesn't allow for a second monitor to be attached to that VGA jack when a PCI Express videocard is also installed.

No Overclocking Support

Considering the intended market for this 945GZ Express based platform, it's not a big loss that there are no overclocking options available in the BIOS. There are some basic memory tweaks however. Anyhow, up next PCSTATS will be benchmarking this board with an Intel Core 2 Duo!

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Contents of Article: Gigabyte GA-8I945GZME-RH
 Pg 1.  Gigabyte GA-8I945GZME-RH 945GZ Express Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Intel 945GZ Express and ICH7 Chipsets
 Pg 3.  High Definition Content Playback: System Load Test
 Pg 4.  Gigabyte GA-8I945GZME-RH Motherboard Highlights Gallery
 Pg 5.  — Overclocking the Gigabyte GA-8I945GZME-RH Motherboard
 Pg 6.  Test System Specs and Benchmarks
 Pg 7.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Bapco Sysmark 2004
 Pg 8.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Office Productivity, SiSoft Sandra
 Pg 9.  Motherboard Benchmarks: SuperPi, PCMark05
 Pg 10.  Motherboard Benchmarks: 3DMark05, 3DMark06
 Pg 11.  Motherboard Benchmarks: FarCry, Doom 3, Quake 4
 Pg 12.  How Does 945GZ Express Handle Core 2 Duo?

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