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Reviewed by: Carl Nelson [12.06.04]
Manufactured by: GigaByte 
Test CPU (A64 3000+) supplied by

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A Very Beta CMOS

I am reluctant to spend too much time on the CMOS, since it is clearly a pre-release product. However we should at least give you an idea on what to expect in the finished product - just don't put too much weight into the overclocking features when you see them ;)

First up is what is usually called the "Advanced Chipset Features" page. If you're not accustomed to an NFORCE platform, your jaw may hit the floor when you first see all of the memory tweaking options made available to you. You can also adjust the HT multiplier and width, although I'm not sure why you'd want to.

The Integrated Peripherals page actually takes up two screens. If anything, this means that Gigabyte should spend a little more time organizing their CMOS layout. From here, you can enable any of the integrated devices. Some knit-picking here: The SATA ports are not very well labeled at all, which makes things initially annoying if you want to enable RAID on particular drives. Fortunately, NVIDIA's software has a very cool feature where a picture of the motherboard is shown, and you can do all your RAID settings from there, AFTER you install Windows. This should be available in the next Forceware driver release, because Gigabyte has to submit their photo and specs to NVIDIA for programming.

After being spoiled by Abit's uGuru monitoring features, everything else seems to fall short. However, this is a beta CMOS so I can't say much about it at this point.

And finally here is the overclocking page. Not exactly a full-featured page at this point, although I expect that to change in a final BIOS revision. The basics are there though; HT Bus frequency setting, along with CPU, PCI-E, HT Bus, and DDR voltage settings. One thing that is sorely missing is a PCI bus lock (and PCI-E lock).

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