GIGABYTE GA-G1975X Turbo Motherboard Review :: Conclusion

04-09-2006 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun

GIGABYTE has done a wonderful job with the GA-G1975X Turbo motherboard. Feature-wise it scores at the top of the features chart with 39 points on our scale. The ability of the board to do Crossfire and the inclusion of a SLI bridge means this board is ready for multiple GPU if NVIDIA ever adds support for SLI in their drivers on non-NVIDIA boards.

Performance was ok in most respects, with some variation due to the increased clock speed with the CIA2 enabled. ATI's Crossfire works as advertised with the board, in that the two cards are working and shows that Crossfire is enabled with the Catalyst drivers installed. I tested Crossfire with two ATI X1900s an ASUS X1900XTX and an ATI Crossfire Edition card. This is a cool thing for those into having a dual-card platform that is not an ATI chipset board per se.

I tried to see if SLI would work with 2 7800GTs installed from XFX just to test the waters of SLI. The cards were recognized as two display adapters, but SLI was not enabled with the latest NVIDIA drivers and no matter what I tried could not get it to function in SLI mode. NVIDIA says they have no plans on allowing SLI to work on other platforms, but I think they should, as not everyone who has an NVIDIA card will have a SLI motherboard, and if the motherboard can support SLI with a new driver, it would help video card sales. Everyone should just forget the lines drawn in the sand and just make the best product they can that works on all systems that would benefit everyone involved from the user to the company and back again. If you are into having an Intel based platform for your system, the G1-Turbo is a solid board that has everything a user needs to be the backbone of your system.

Whats Good

  • Stable
  • Decent Overclocking
  • Great Features
  • Great Looks

Whats Not

  • Too many moving fans
  • Not enough room around the Zif Socket
  • Not enough connections on rear I/O