Here you can see the heatsinks and heatpipe combo has been removed. On the bottom we can see that thermal paste was used on the NB (NF200) chip and on the PCH heatsink, the heat from the driver mosfets is transferred to the heatsinks and heatpipe via thermal padding.
Here is full detailed shots of the board naked, click to enlarge if you would like to see anything up close. I do not have the technical skills to go in depth and discuss each IC or chip used on the board, but if you are interested or knowledgeable about these items and would like to know what products are used you can easily view them all from these images.
Here is the CPU socket area bare, you can see GIGABYTE's 24 Phase VRM power design, and the new driver mosfets. Also noted on the reverse of the board you can see that this board uses an 8 layer PCB design.
Up close and personal, here is the Intel P67 chipset, and the Nvidia NF200 chipset which is what gives this board additional PCIE lanes over the other lower priced P67 motherboards. This allows this board to run 3-way SLI or crossfire at x16/x16/x8 or 2-way at x16/x16, it is also possible to run 4 way crossfire at x8/x8/x8/x8 on this board.
CPU Heatsink & Memory Installation
Heatsinks used are as follows:
Scythe SCSK-1100 100mm Shuriken Rev. B 3 Heat Pipes CPU Cooler
Fan Dimensions -- 100 L x 100 W x 12 H mm
Heatsink Dimensions -- 105 L x 116 W x 64 H mm
Thermalright MUX-120 Heatpipe CPU Cooler
Heatsink Dimensions -- 133 L x 58 W x 160 H mm
Fan Dimensions -- 120 L x 120 W x 25 H mm
The Scythe Shuriken is a low profile cooler, and as you can see using larger memory modules with certain low profile coolers may be an issue. There may not be room to install or remove memory with the first, or possibly even the second memory slot, depending on what cooler you are thinking of using, and what order you install the heatsink and memory.
This cooler partially hovers over the first memory slot, but many average sized memory modules would not have a problem fitting underneath it. If you are thinking of a low profile cooler, or one that is on the wide side, please look at the board and heatsink measurements before making your purchase so that you do not run into any fitment issues.
This is normal fan placement on a Thermalright MUX, I have not used a Thermalright Extreme (TRUE) or other variants, but I assume that they have a similar fan placement. In the normal fan position larger memory modules may cause issue or be pushed aside slightly by the fan, if using a fan on the memory side of the heatsink. It could also cause memory installation issues depending on the order you install everything, however, as you will see below with most of the tower type CPU coolers like this you can adjust the fan's placement.
Simply adjusting the memory side fan on this cooler, to be slightly raised from normal position, allows for much taller memory modules to be used without an issue. You would be able to remove and re-install memory with your fan adjusted in this position without any problems.
Memory Color Appearance Against New Black Matte PCB
This is the Mushkin Radioactive memory used for this review, it looks very good with GIGABYTE's new black PCB.
Mushkin's Copperhead memory look great with this board, almost as if they were made for each other, which is why I used this memory for the introduction image of this review. Memory with black heat spreaders look great as well.
Blue or red memory modules look great too, I'm sure any color would go perfectly with the new black PCB.
Quick Look @ BIOS:
GIGABYTE's BIOS offers a quick and easy way to look at the current status of your CPU and memory, also showing each core's turbo status. The BIOS version is shown, along with the CPU and memory frequency, and total installed memory size. The CPU temperature is shown here too, as is the current Vcore and Dram voltage.
Here is the main overclock section, allowing you to adjust the CPU multiplier or FSB speed, and set the memory speed or enable a XMP profile. GIGABYTE now also offers per core CPU multiplier adjustments as well in the advanced CPU core settings section, along with enabling or disabling real time multiplier changes in the OS. Internal CPU PLL adjustment setting, allowing higher CPU multiplier, is only currently available in Beta BIOSes.
Here you can see GIGABYTE offers MANY advanced memory timings to be manually adjusted, there are several others not shown here as well. This board offers 4 Load-Line Calibration settings (Auto, Disabled, Level 1 & Level 2). Here you can adjust the Vcore, QPI/Vtt, System Agent Voltage, PCH voltage, CPU PLL, memory voltage along with several memory voltage sub options.
Vcore voltage is adjustable in the following manner: 0.75V - 1.7V @ 0.005V increments *
QPI/Vtt voltage (VCCIO) is adjustable in the following manner: 0.80V - 1.7V @ 0.020V increments *
System Agent (VCCSA) voltage is adjustable in the following manner: 0.655V - 1.305V @ 0.010V increments *
Dram (Memory) voltage is adjustable in the following manner: 0.90V - 2.60V @ 0.020 increments
* Increments may vary between CPU models, I know ES and Retail vary on this board, and I have seen 1366 CPU's that vary between models as well.
Programs used for testing:
Futuremark 3dmark 06 Professional v. 1.2.0
Futuremark - Benchmarks - 3DMark06 - DownloadOriginally Posted by Futuremark
Futuremark 3DMark Vantage Professional v. 1.0.1
Futuremark - Benchmarks - 3DMark Vantage - DownloadOriginally Posted by Futuremark
Futuremark 3DMark 11 Professional v. 1.0.1
Futuremark - Benchmarks - 3DMark 11Originally Posted by Futuremark
Fritz Chess Benchmark V. 4.3 (From Deep Fritz 12)
This benchmark runs an internal chess based test on your system and give you values for the speed relative to a benchmark processor (P3, 1.0 GHz) and the average nodes-per-second count which you can compare these values for different hardware configurations.
Fritz ChessBase - Chess Benchmarking
Geekbench V. 2.1.12 x86
Primatelabs - GeekbenchOriginally Posted by Geekbench
Super PI Mod XS 1.5V
SuperPI is a quick reference benchmark test often used when overclocking or comparing different hardware configurations.
Wikipedia - Super PIOriginally Posted by Wiki
Super PI Mod XS 1.5 Download - Techpowerup
wPrime V. 1.55
wPrime Download - wPrime.netOriginally Posted by wPrime.net
AIDA64 v1.50.1236 Beta
Previously known as Everest Ultimate, this also is a great program, and everyone should have a copy. It is not so much a testing tool for our purposes, but it provides multiple stability tests, various bandwidth test, and in-depth system hardware information. For this review it will only be used to provide simple bandwidth and latency test results at each frequency.
AIDA64 | PC Benchmark | System Diagnostics | Network Inventory
ATTO V. 2.34
ATTO has been a major disk testing utility for many users, for quite some time, offering the ability to test performance using various transfer sizes and test lengths for reads and writes. It also offers several options to customize your benchmark testing including queue depth, overlapped I/O, a comparison mode and the option to run the test continuously.
This benchmark will be used to compare SSD and USB performance.
ATTO Disk Benchmark Download - ATTOtech.com