Finally, six months after its first debut, the Intel Pentium 4 has reached 1.7GHz, a speed that delivers very competitive performance against AMD’s Athlon 1.33GHz.  Combined with the recent dramatic price cuts on the Pentium 4, the idea of owning a Pentium 4 system is no longer a strange one. 

A few weeks ago, we looked at the ASUS P4T, the first Pentium 4 motherboard we have reviewed so far.  Nonetheless, it’s also one of the most impressive Pentium 4 boards we have used in the labs throughout these past few months. 

ASUS was actually the second manufacturer to send us a Pentium 4 motherboard in early December 2000.  The first company was Gigabyte, with their GA-8TX, which was available very shortly after the release of the first Pentium 4 CPU’s, showing that Gigabyte was determined to get into the Pentium 4 market early in the game, something that is often more important than actually having a good product. Fortunately, Gigabyte is shooting to accomplish both feats with the GA-8TX. Let’s take a detailed look at the GA-8TX and see what Gigabyte has done to lead the industry, as the first to market with a board for Intel’s latest CPU.

Gigabyte GA-8TX

CPU Interface
Socket-423
Chipset
Intel i850
Intel 82850 MCH
Intel 82801BA ICH2
Form Factor
ATX 2.03
Bus Speeds

100 / 105 / 110 / 113 MHz

Voltages Supported

Auto Detect

Memory Slots
4 184-pin RIMM slots
Expansion Slots

1 AGP Slot
5 PCI Slots (5 full length)
1 CNR Slot

On-board Audio
Sigmatel STA9708T AC97 CODEC
BIOS

AMI Simple BIOS Setup 1.24a

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