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Six 975X Enthusiast Motherboards for Today and Tomorrow

Gigabyte GA-G1975X

Gigabyte's GA-G1975X was one of the first 975X-based Socket 775 motherboards on the market. However, only the current revisions will be able to support Core 2 Duo (Conroe) processors.

Gigabyte GA-G1975X (Rev. 1.0)
PlatformSockel LGA775
NorthbridgeIntel 975X (Rev. C0)
SouthbridgeIntel ICH7R (82801 GB)
Phasen4-Phasen Regulator
BIOSF3 (01/11/2006)
BIOSF4a (03/27/2006)
Clock ChipRTM865T-470
Clock Setting in BIOSMeasurement
266.6 MHz (FSB1066)268.0 MHz (+0.49%)
SPD Memory Timing RecognitionTiming Result
DDR2-667CL 4.0-4-4-8
Interfaces
Connectorsonboard / IO - panel
USB 2.06 / 2
IEEE1394/Firewire2 / none
Serial COM Portnone
Parallel LPT Portnone
Gamenone
LANnone / 1
WLANnone
SATA4 / none
Audio analogLineIn CD / 7.1 Cannels
Audio digitalnone / optical Out, SPDIF Out
Connectorsonboard only
PCIe 16x2
PCIe 4x2
PCIe 1xnone
PCI2
IDE (PATA)2 (4 channels)
Fan 4 pins (CPU)1
Fan 3 pins (System)2
Mass Storage Controller
ICH71x IDE (ATA100)4x SATA (RAID 0,1,5,10)
GigaATA IT8211F1x IDE (ATA133 RAID 1,0,0+1)
LAN
Broadcom 5789 PCIe1x 1 Gbit/s LAN
Audio
Creative Labs Audigy CA0106PCI Sound Card
IEEE1394/Firewire
Texas Instruments TI43AB232x 1394a (400 Mbit/s)

Due to the active cooling system that places two small fans to the left and the right side of the back panel, there are only a few connectors left.

It looks like the venting holes are smaller than the fans, which means the air flow will be rather limited.