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Gigabyte 8SG667 SiS 648 Mainboard Review (1)
Overclocker 3 Oct 2002

With the advancement in technology, we consumers get to buy cheaper and better products. If you noticed, big names like D*ll are selling at 500 dollars (SGD 999) for a Pentium 1.8A system. With the downturn economy, many users who self assemble computers tend to choose for the cheaper and quality mainboard and peripherals. This resulted in competition among chipset makers and also mainboard manufacturers to cut cost to bring down the cost of ownership to its lowest.

Gigabyte 8SG667 is one of such attempts by Gigabyte by reducing the "high end" features and give you a board which is not so expensive but serves the purpose well. GA-8SG667 is based on the SiS 648 chipset which supports Async DDR333 and unofficial DDR400. The board comes with a basic feature set but has most of the functions a normal user would need. A 6 channel audio on board, 3 DIMM DDR slots, ATA133 IDE, 6 USB ports (2 onboard + 4 using wire) etc. For the overclockers, you might be delighted to know that the board supports adjustable 100 ~ 355Mhz (1MHz-linear) via BIOS, Multiplier adjustable via BIOS (retail Intel CPUs are multiplier locked) and AGP/ DRAM Clock are adjustable via BIOS. There is also an option to FIX the AGP/PCI at 66/33. You can choose to run at various Async mode (e.g. in different ratios, see gallery 4 for more information).

CPU
Socket 478 for Intel Pentium 4 processor
FSB
533/400 MHz

CHIPSET
Northbridge: SiS648 HMAC Host & Memory & AGP Controller
Southbridge: SiS963 MuTIOL Media I/O
Super I/O: ITE IT8705 chip (Version 2.0)
Super I/O: ITE IT8700 chip (Version 1.0)
REALTEK ALC650 codec chip

MEMORY
Type: DDR333(PC2700)/DDR266(PC2100) - 184pin
Max capacity: Up to 3GB DDR266 by 3 DIMM slots or up to 2GB DDR333 by 2 DIMM slots

I/O Connectors
2 x UDMA ATA 133/100/66 Bus Master IDE ports
2 x USB 2.0/1.1 connectors (4 ports by cable)
1 x FDD port
SP/DIF output

Expansion slots
1 x AGP universal slot (8x/4x, AGP 3.0/2.0 compliant), supports 1.5v display card only.
5 x PCI slots (PCI 2.2 compliant)

Rear Panel
PS/2 Keyboard / Mouse
2 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
Audio (1 x Line-in / 1 x Line-out / 1 x Mic) connector
2 x COM ports
1 x joystick

CPU / AGP / DIMM setting
CPU FSB adjustable (1MHz-linear) via BIOS
Multiplier adjustable via BIOS
AGP/ DRAM Clock adjustable via BIOS

Hardware Monitoring
System health status auto-detect and report by BIOS
Hardware detecting and reporting for Case open and CPU and System fan speed (Version 1.0)
Hardware detecting and reporting for case open, power-in voltage, CPU voltage, and fan speed. (Version 2.0)


BIOS
2M bit flash ROM, enhanced ACPI feature for PC98/Win98/Win2000/Me/CE/XP compliance, Green, PnP, DMI, INT13 (>8.4GB) and Anti-Virus functions
IDE#1~#2, SCSI, LS120, ZIP and CD-ROM bootable

Power
ATX power connector and ATX 12V connector
Power-off by Windows 98/ Me/ 2000/ XP shut down and switch

Other Features
Suspend to RAM (STR)
Supports USB KB / MS wake up from S3
Poly fuse for keyboard over-current protection

Bundle Software
@BIOS , EasyTune 4, Q-Flash , GMC
Norton Internet Security
GIGABYTE Windows Utility Manager

Driver
SiS 648 AGP driver
REALTEK Sound driver
SiS USB 2.0 driver

Form Factor
ATX form factor, 4 layers PCB (30.4 x 20.0)

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