Gigabyte GA-M59SLI-S5 Motherboard Review :: M59SLI-S5 Bundle

09-29-2006 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun
  • M59SLI-S5 motherboard
  • 4 SATA cables
  • IDE Cable
  • FDC Cable
  • Multi-port SATA bracket
  • External SATA cable
  • SATA Power cable
  • SLI Bridge
  • SLI Bracket
  • Rear Panel I/O shield
  • Manual
  • Hardware Installation Guide
  • Driver CD
  • Norton's Internet Security 2006

GIGABYTE has done a wonderful job with their hardware bundle for the M59SLI-S5 motherboard. A FDD and IDE cable are included in the box, allowing you to attach IDE CD-ROMs or floppy disk drives to the connectors. Four SATA cables are fine for most users, not the six to match the SATA ports, but more than the one found on many bundles. The Multi-Port SATA bracket brings another dimension to the board, as up to 15 SATA devices can be attached to each external SATA port, with an adapter that's not included. One thing that would have made the bundle even more attractive is if GIGABYTE had included a 2-port USB cable, but with everything else GIGABYTE included, is a luxury.

Gigabyte GA-M59SLI-S5 Motherboard Review SLI Bridge

SLI Bridge

Gigabyte GA-M59SLI-S5 Motherboard Review SATA and Drive Cabels

SATA and Drive Cabels

Gigabyte GA-M59SLI-S5 Motherboard Review Multi-Port SATA bracket

Multi-Port SATA bracket

Gigabyte GA-M59SLI-S5 Motherboard Review SLI bracket and Back Plate

SLI bracket and Back Plate

One thing that I have to take GIGABYTE slightly to task for is the non-inclusion of a SATA F6 driver disk. You can make one by booting off the driver CD or from Windows, but it would be most helpful to have the floppy disk included to make Windows installation painless. The driver CD has GIGABYTE's EZTune software, the drivers and Norton's Internet Security 2006, a combination of Norton's Anti-Virus and Personal Firewall.

Gigabyte GA-M59SLI-S5 Motherboard Review Xpress Install

Xpress Install

Gigabyte GA-M59SLI-S5 Motherboard Review Software Driver

Software Driver

Gigabyte GA-M59SLI-S5 Motherboard Review Driver CD information

Driver CD information

GIGABYTE went all out with this board to make easy driver installs a reality. The Xpress Install utility automatically detects what drivers are needed and installs them with a single click of the mouse. @BIOS/Q-Flash allows you to update the BIOS from Windows. If you have a problem with your system, the Xpress Recovery 2 will restore your system to a previous image.