Motherboard: Gigabyte GA8TRS300M Review :: Introduction

02-17-2004 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun

Gigabyte was incorporated in April of 1986. That's an awfully long time in terms of the computer business. Back in 1986 I was in my sophomore year studying in high school and had barely heard of the word computer. My intent in giving a date is to give a sense of perspective to people who read my reviews not to bore people with stories about my past.

Gigabyte as a company is considered a tier-1 Taiwanese manufacturer of motherboards, video cards and other computer equipment. With revenues in 2003 of $455 million USD, and as a manufacturer of around 12 million motherboards in 2002, Gigabyte has built a reputation of having excellent high quality motherboards and great stability as a company.

ATI first announced an integrated chipset with the IGP 340 chipset in 2002. Their first chipset competed with Intel and SIS. ATI was a new player in this market place and their first chipset wasn't as successful as it could have been. The integrated graphics were based upon the RADEON 7000 core which is based upon DirectX 7 but didn't support Hardware Transform and Lighting. This was a decent integrated graphics part but wasn't a compelling selling point.

Late last year, ATI announced a new motherboard chipset, the IGP9100. This chipset brought support for many of the features that modern chip sets support and added a DirectX 8.1 integrated graphics core, the 9100. Unlike the IGP 340, the 9100 had the full capabilities of the 9100 only in a limited fashion.

Gigabyte has been making video cards based upon ATI chipsets for a couple of years now. As a manufacturer that mostly concentrates on motherboards, it's no real surprise that they have built motherboards on virtually every chipset, whether from Intel's 865/875 or NVIDIA's nForce2 chipset. The GA-TRS300M, however, is Gigabyte's first motherboard based upon an ATI chipset.