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Gigabyte GA-8S655TX Ultra Motherboard Review

Gigabyte GA-8S655TX Ultra Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: In the Pentium 4 world there haven't really been many real mainstream alternatives to Intel's own chipsets, that is until very recently.
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External Mfg. Website: Gigabyte Dec 17 2003   C. Sun  
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Gigabyte GA-8S655TX Ultra Motherboard Review

Historically, Intel processors work best with Intel chipsets. There was a brief period where VIA captured some of the Pentium III chipset market, but that was short lived. In the Pentium 4 world there haven't really been many real mainstream alternatives to Intel's own chipsets, that is until very recently.

SiS have had a Pentium 4 licence since the very beginning, though it has taken the company a long time to shed their image as an 'economy-oriented' provider and release a competitive Pentium4 core logic for the tue masses. The SIS645/FX, SIS648/FX and now SIS655/FX/TX have all been good chipsets which do easily rival their Intel counterparts in performance, but yet, consumers still aren't familiar enough with the SIS name to flock towards boards based on its' chipsets - even when they do reveal remarkably competitive performance figures.

Gigabyte has released a few Pentium 4 motherboards based on the SIS655FX, or variant chipset, and for good reasons. While the SIS655 performs on par with Intel's latest i865 chipset, SiS' products are generally less expensive, thus motherboards are also more affordable. If that isn't good news for the consumer I don't know what is!

Gigabyte GA-8S655TX Ultra


Motherboard Manual, IDE RAID Manual, 3x Ultra/133 IDE Cables, 2x Serial ATA Cables, Floppy Cable, Molex to Y Serial ATA Power Cable, Driver CD,

The Gigabyte GA-8S655TX Ultra motherboard PCStats is testing today supports Socket 478 400/533/800 MHz FSB Pentium 4/Celeron processors. Packing in four DDR memory DIMM slots, the board lets you stock up on up to 4GB of PC3200 RAM. In terms of onboard goodies, the 8S655TX features an onboard IDE RAID controller, 5.1 channel audio, IEEE 1394, Gigabit LAN and dual BIOS's.

As you probably already know, the SIS655-series chipset supports SiS' HyperStreaming Engine which can dramatically speed up communications between the memory and the northbridge.

As you will see in the benchmarks on the coming pages, that plays a significant role in how the Gigabyte GA-8S655TX Ultra handles.

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Contents of Article: Gigabyte Ga-8S655TX Ultra
 Pg 1.  — Gigabyte GA-8S655TX Ultra Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Memory and Northbridge Cooling
 Pg 3.  Scooping out the GA-8S655TX Ultra
 Pg 4.  BIOS and Overclocking
 Pg 5.  System Spec's and Benchmarks:
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: Winbench99, SiSoft Sandra
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: PCMark2002, 3DMark2001
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: Quake III Arena, UT2003
 Pg 9.  SIS and the Gigabyte 8S655TX Ultra

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