Gigabyte GA-G1 975X: Will a Turbo Help the Pentium 4?

"The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook."

This quote from the American philosopher and pragmatist William James sums up our first look at the Gigabyte GA-G1 975X motherboard today. This is not a full review of the board, the 975X chipset, or their capabilities but a preview of the performance potential of this combination. We will fully review this feature rich board along with others based on the soon to be released Intel 975X chipset in the very near future.

Gigabyte's new series of G1-Turbo motherboards are designed specifically for gamers and overclockers. With the release of this series Gigabyte is concentrating on providing additional bios options, increased system performance, and improved feature sets for the computer enthusiast. The first release in this series is the Gigabyte GA-G1 975X that features the new Intel 975X chipset. This chipset is a follow-up to the Intel 955X that includes optimizations to the Intel Memory Pipeline technology, support for the upcoming 1066MHz processor system bus dual-core processors, and full support for graphic based PCI Express x16 lanes that can be configured as two PCI Express x8 slots for multi-view or GPU capability. The system currently supports ATI CrossFire technology and can support NVIDIA SLI technology in the future.

Besides the Intel 975X chipset, the main technology being introduced on this board is Gigabyte's exclusive Turbojet Technology that offers very effective heat dissipation from the processor, northbridge, and system memory sections of the board. The two front fans blow air over the system memory section with the two rear fans removing warm air from the northbridge and processor sections. Gigabyte has added additional heatsinks for the capacitors and the entire system is designed to work well with most aftermarket cooling solutions. We did not have an issue installing a Gigabyte G-Power heatsink/fan combination in our system. We will be comparing the thermal characteristics of this system to Asus's 8-phase power and fanless cooper heat pipe technology in the near future. However, after utilizing this board for the past few days we believe Asus's fanless heat exchange system is a more eloquent and desirable system for ensuring a quiet system.

The Gigabyte GA-G1 975X offers (2) physical PCI Express x16 slots, (2) 32bit PCI slots, and (2) PCI Express x4 slots. This design offers a very good balance of slots and allows for numerous add-in peripheral cards. However, in between the two x16 PCI Express slots are two 32bit PCI slots. This configuration could potentially render the first 32bit PCI slot useless when utilizing the first x16 PCI Express slot. We did not have any issues utilizing this slot with video cards containing single slot cooling systems but were unable to install a sound or network card upon installation of a NVIDIA 6800 Ultra or X850XT in the first x16 PCI Express slot. The combination of (2) PCI Express x16 slots and (2) PCI Express x4 slots allow the capability of running up to 4 VGA cards simultaneously. Also located in this area is the debug LED display and the C.R.S. (CMOS Reload Switch) system. The C.R.S. provides a CMOS default settings retrieval and auto system reboot capability. The push button activated switch allows the user to reload the CMOS default settings when the system is unable to boot up.

Let's quickly find out if the performance of this board is worthy of the "Turbo" designation.

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  • bairjo - Monday, April 13, 2009 - link

    Can anyone tell me specifics on these fans? I need four new ones as they are failing. I can't seem to find information on these. I have not removed them yet but it does not look like they have a square mounting configuration like most fans. What is the voltage?
    Thanks for any help.
  • StriderGT - Saturday, November 12, 2005 - link

    Quote from Quick Take page 6:
    "from an Intel enthusiast viewpoint", a real rarity...
    endangered species :-P
  • Gary Key - Monday, November 14, 2005 - link

    Yes, there are very few of us, we tend to lurk in the shadows waiting for an FX-57 to drop out of the sky.... ;-> :-)
  • noxipoo - Saturday, November 12, 2005 - link

    that mobo looks like something from my nightmares. here i am trying to reduce fans and use bigger ones with fanbuses to reduce noise and this thing comes with 4 tiny ones. wouldn't all those fans be useless if your case do not move air well? just blow around the hot air inside the case.
  • Gary Key - Saturday, November 12, 2005 - link

    The noise level is okay, not as good as a fanless setup but so far not too bad. I will be conducting thermal tests with only the power supply running and a stock Intel heatsink/fan from a 820D to see how well the rear two fans exit air.
  • artifex - Saturday, November 12, 2005 - link

    How many hamsters does this habitrail hold?
  • Gary Key - Saturday, November 12, 2005 - link

    More like how much dog hair will the fans collect over the next week. ;-)
  • vailr - Friday, November 11, 2005 - link

    CPU-Z v.1.31 is out:">
  • Gary Key - Saturday, November 12, 2005 - link

    Thank you for the link.
  • AndrzejPl - Friday, November 11, 2005 - link

    - We will be comparing the thermal characteristics of this system to Asus's 8-phase power and fanless cooper heat pipe technology in the near future -

    Hi (as I'm new around here)...and a question. That Asus board is also 975x? :) cuz I'm rather keen on something less noisy then 4 60mm plastic fans. If I'd like a vacuum cleaner in a comp, I'd still stick to FX 5800 :). I'm really thinking of coming back to Intel, especially when Presler appears, but I don't want too much noise

    And 2nd question. Is it possible to have two x1800Xl on crossfire, and also squeeze the X-fi card on that board (I pressume that other 975x boards will have same PCI-PCI-ex design?)


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