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Gigabyte GA-8IDXH "P4 Titan"

Board Revision: 1.0

BIOS Version: F6B (Nov 5, 2001)

Gigabyte sent us their 8IDXH for this review. Like all the others, it is based on Intel's Brookdale chipset plus the ICH2 (82801BA) featuring standard I/O components like UltraATA/100 and USB. This motherboard comes with quite a lot of hardware features that are useful for multimedia desktop computers, including: on-board LAN (Realtek RTL8100L); on-board PCI sound chip from Creative (CT5880) with two internal line-in connectors; Gigabyte's DualBIOS; CNR slot; six PCI slots; AGP 4x; 2+2 USB ports (two are meant for use on the front of the computer case, as practiced by Dell, for example).

Gigabyte placed three DIMM sockets on the P4 Titan. Each of them can hold up to 512 MB SDRAM, which results in a maximum memory size of 1.5 GB. Two fan headers plus a third one for the CPU fan are available in order to cool down the system.

A quick look at the motherboard design reveals excellent work from Gigabyte: at least five PCI slots can be equipped with full-sized expansion cards. Both power connectors are placed at the very top of the board, making them easily accessible, even if you've got a power supply with short cables.

The performance of this motherboard was within the expected range.