Gigabyte has long been a staple manufacturer of highly
integrated motherboards. While they have remained largely behind the Asus, and
Abit's of the motherboard world, that in no way implies sub-standard quality in
their products. Once such example is the fairly acronymic GA-6OXM7E...
GA-6OXM7E motherboard comes equipped with instruction manual,
a CD full of drivers and bundled software, and individual
IDE/Floppy cables. All for about $170 US.|
The GigaByte GA-6OXM7E motherboard is a cool looking board because it is blue. Vanity is everything in the
sea of brown boards :) Seriously, one of the main reasons this board sticks out
so much is the number if integrated features it can claim, including the most
important, a dual Bios, and let's not forget, the i815 chipset.
The board itself supports Pentium III processors
from 500Mhz up to 1.0 Ghz. With 66FSB, 100FSB and 133FSB. Clock multiplier
settings go from 3.0 to 9.5.
While there are instructions printed on the board instructing the use of JP2
for the Cyrix processor, no JP2 is there... so I'm not entirely sure if it
currently supports this processor. Although the PDF file touts a board mounted
thermistor in contact with the base of the CPU, none was visible on the board we
received for testing. Anyhow, those of you with a Golden Orb can take heart in
the fact that Gigabyte has moved those pesky capacitors to the outside edge of
where that famous cooler would sit. In fact they even go so far as to outline a
circle around the socket 370 which shows that they have left enough room!
The blue board has no less than six PCI slots, one AGP slot and
one CNR slot. There is room for four sticks of RAM, the standard two
IDE and single FDD ports, and curiously enough a socket for a
digital flat panel tv-out daughter card.
Among the list of extra adapter ports that will never see the light of use
are: Infrared connector, Modem card power up, wake on LAN header, suspend to RAM
activity LED's, secondary USB port, extra SMBUS, smart card reader, front and
audio control header.
First, a quick look at the general specs...