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Criticism could be directed at the CNR slot, which is meaningless for end users. However, the user can take advantage of six PCI slots. Optionally, the manufacturer offers a Smartcard reader, which should get a lot of attention from the OEM market. In any case, the interface for this is integrated on the board. An extra note about the USB ports: in contrast to its competitors, who do not provide sockets for these ports, Gigabyte decks out its USB ports with colorful plastic, which makes installation much easier. In the performance benchmarks, the Gigabyte GA-8IHXP lands ahead of the Asus P4T533-C, and thus takes first place. In conclusion: with all these features, the complete motherboard package costs only $186. Considering all the functions and generous features offered, we recommend the Gigabyte board as a stable platform for the Pentium 4.

Dual BIOS chips with the Gigabyte GA-8IHXP.

An active cooler for the Northbridge of the chipset.

Progressive: BIOS is available in various language versions.

In the BIOS of the Gigabyte GA-8IHXP, you can select RDRAM with 533 MHz.