GIGABYTE GA-G1975X Turbo Motherboard Review :: The G1-Turbo Features

04-09-2006 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun
Gigabyte GA-G1975X Spec Sheet
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Part NumberGA-G1975X
ManufacturerGigabyte
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DownloadsBIOS
Drivers
Manuals
ChipsetIntel 975X Express ICH7R
North BridgeIntel 82975X MCH
SocketLGA775 Socket
Processor TypesPentium 4 HT Extreme Ed., Pentium D
Number of CPUs1
Front Side Bus1066/800/533MHz
Memory TypeDDR2
Memory ChannelsDual
Maximum Memory8GB
External GraphicsPCI Express x16
IGP None
South BridgeIntel 82801GR ICH7R
Audio8-channel
IDE100/66/33
SCSINone
SATA3.0 GB/s
RAID0, 1, 0+1, 5, 10
LAN10/100/1000
FirewireIEEE 1394a
USBUSB 2.0
Expansion Slots
  • 2 x PCI
  • 2 x PCI Express x16
  • 2 x PCI Express x4
BIOSAWARD
Form FactorATX
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The 975X chipset supports all current Intel CPUs based on the Socket LGA-775 interface. This includes the 965 CPUs that have just been released, the Dual Core CPUs, the single core CPUs and more. The 965 CPU is a Dual Core CPU with a clock speed of 3.73GHz having a 1066MHz FSB and 2 2MB L2 caches one for each core.


GIGABYTE GA-G1975X Turbo Motherboard Review CPU Socket

CPU Socket

GIGABYTE GA-G1975X Turbo Motherboard Review DIMM modules

DIMM modules


The board comes with 4 DIMM (Dual Inline Memory Modules). The board supports up to 8GB of Dual channel DDR2 533/667-240 pin memory. If you have a 32-bit Operating System you are limited to 4GB of addressable memory. The Northbridge is an Intel 975X chip and the Southbridge chip is the ICH7R.


GIGABYTE GA-G1975X Turbo Motherboard Review Southbridge

Southbridge

GIGABYTE GA-G1975X Turbo Motherboard Review Expansion slots

Expansion slots

GIGABYTE GA-G1975X Turbo Motherboard Review PCI Express X4 slots

PCI Express X4 slots

GIGABYTE GA-G1975X Turbo Motherboard Review PCI Express/PCI Slots

PCI Express/PCI Slots


Expansion slots on the board include 2 PCI Express X16 slots. If you want to install two ATI cards in Crossfire mode, you can with this board. With two cards installed, the two PCI Express X16 slots operate in X8 mode. Also on the board is two PCI Express X4 slots and two PCI slots. You can also install PCI Express X1 cards or X2 cards in the X4 slots.


GIGABYTE GA-G1975X Turbo Motherboard Review SATA ports

SATA ports


GIGABYTE outfitted the board with 4 SATA 2.0 ports. While many motherboard manufacturers include 6 or even 8 SATA ports, 4 is the norm for motherboards today. There are 2 IDE ports on the board as well as the standard Floppy Disk Drive connector. The ICH7R chipset supports RAID 0, 1, 5 and 0+1 modes. GIGABYTE has put a IT8211F chipset to support IDE connector 2 on the board.


GIGABYTE GA-G1975X Turbo Motherboard Review SB Live

SB Live


SB Live controls


GIGABYTE GA-G1975X Turbo Motherboard Review
GIGABYTE GA-G1975X Turbo Motherboard Review
GIGABYTE GA-G1975X Turbo Motherboard Review

One unique feature of the motherboard is the inclusion of a Creative Labs SB Live chip for the onboard audio. The most popular onboard audio solution is a Realtek ALC880 or an ADI chip. The onboard Creative Labs CODEC is the CA0106-DAT, the same as found on the Audigy LS sound cards. The onboard audio is better in my opinion than the AC'97 audio and has the advantage of EAX HD (High Definition) support, which really enhances the gameplay audio experience.


GIGABYTE GA-G1975X Turbo Motherboard Review I/O

I/O


Input and Output ports on the back panel of the card is rather interesting due to the inclusion of the four fans on the board that really limit the capacity of the rear I/O. GIGABYTE includes a PS/2 Mouse, Keyboard port, 3 jacks for the onboard audio, a RJ45 jack for the onboard LAN and 2 USB 2.0 ports. Most boards come with 4 onboard USB 2.0 ports standard, but there isn't room for it on the G1975X back panel so they use cables to hook up the additional ports the board supports.