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Mr.Tweak
05-14-2002, 10:57 PM
I've spent the past couple days with two friendly people from Gigabyte Taiwan in Melbourne talking about their motherboards and graphics cards, in particular what Australian's think of them and how they are treated in the market today.

Many know that Gigabyte motherboards, over the past year, have seen a great deal of added features added and increased performance making them a great choice, at least in my opinion.

What does everyone else think of Gigabyte motherboards these days? Just a topic for conversation.

ct_
05-15-2002, 12:47 AM
from my experience, they SUCK

suck suck suckity sucksuck

of course i only have this one to work with, but if it's any indication - there's NO chance i'll buy another

RE: GA-5AX thread...

Morgan_Lander
05-15-2002, 07:15 AM
The first, last and only Gigabyte board I've dealt with was the sucky GA-5AX. I don't know what the other ones are like, but that board sucked. Glad it was my friends problem and not mine.

Beefy
05-15-2002, 07:31 AM
i got three Gigabyte boards of old, used for a PII 450, a Celeron 733 and a P III 700, and I didn't have a problem with any of them. Stability plus in my opinion.. but that was back then.

Mr.Tweak
05-15-2002, 08:45 AM
I think you guys will be surprised by their new boards.

Beefy
05-15-2002, 08:49 AM
sounds like their sales pitch worked on you then.. :) j/k

So when do we get a review sample then? ;) ;)

Mr.Tweak
05-15-2002, 08:56 AM
sounds like their sales pitch worked on you then.. :) j/k

So when do we get a review sample then? ;) ;)

Already on the way... :)

Beefy
05-15-2002, 09:29 AM
ok, i'll rephrase that.. when do I get one? :)

Morgan_Lander
05-15-2002, 10:13 AM
If I beat Olie down for you, can I have the board?:D:p :laugh:

Beefy
05-15-2002, 10:20 AM
spoil all my fun.. :(

reli
05-15-2002, 10:25 AM
i started with an Asus, forgot what series, it was like 4 years. I decided to change my computer. So I bought a Gigabyte GA-6OXTE. At the beginning I started to have headaches with my computer but my friend who is an engineer taught me that a problem is not always the motherboard. But we usually blame them cause that's were we plug everything on. After he flash the bios and install windows XP, everyting worked fine.

Point, works fine with me.

Moose
05-15-2002, 12:00 PM
I am a Gigabyte fan myself..


They make good stable quick boards and have very good on-going support for them.

I only use Gigabyte mainboards, as I have had no trouble with them what so ever.

They have always been Fast, Stable and Reliable.

Although their Video cards are a bit "Yum Cha" that does not reflect on their high quality Mainboards


I give Gigabyte my thumbs up :thumb:

Moose
05-15-2002, 12:02 PM
from my experience, they SUCK

suck suck suckity sucksuck

of course i only have this one to work with, but if it's any indication - there's NO chance i'll buy another

RE: GA-5AX thread...

Rather quick judgment on your behalf.....

So I take it that Gigabyte are the only company that has made a bad mainboard over the years? ;)

Wiggo
05-15-2002, 03:26 PM
I've never had any probs with their boards either (From SS7 onwards) but I just found that other boards just gave better tuning options. :smokin:
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Mr.Tweak
05-15-2002, 06:09 PM
I've never had any probs with their boards either (From SS7 onwards) but I just found that other boards just gave better tuning options. :smokin:
<center>:cheers:</center>

I'll think you find that is changing, at least that was one of my suggestions to them.

Andy
05-15-2002, 07:10 PM
i honestly can't tell you if i like em or no (mainly cos i haven't owneed anything made from them), but one thing i think they need to work on is the model naming/numbering. their currnet way of naming, IMO really sucks.

Mr.Tweak
05-15-2002, 07:17 PM
http://www.viahardware.com/kt333roundup_8.shtm

Just an example... :)

Albinus
05-15-2002, 08:18 PM
I haven't dealt with their motherboards, but the one and only video card I have from them was D.O.A. - so a little bit debatable from my experience, but I keep an open mind :)

Moose
05-15-2002, 08:41 PM
i honestly can't tell you if i like em or no (mainly cos i haven't owneed anything made from them), but one thing i think they need to work on is the model naming/numbering. their currnet way of naming, IMO really sucks.

What's wrong with it?

It's simple and effective...

smokie
05-16-2002, 09:51 AM
I have been using different types of Gigabyte motherboards for over 5 years (always upgrading), and have never had problems with any of them.

I am using an MSI m/b in my main machine at the moment but that is only because it is very hard to get Gigabyte boards in the Philippines. But I can't complain about the MSI.

I have two other computers, both with Gigabyte boards, GA-60XE and a GA-6VX7-1394.

Andy
05-16-2002, 08:14 PM
What's wrong with it?

It's simple and effective...

besides the GA- at the start, the modle naming doesn't mean anything
e.g:
A7V333 - that in itself tells you, that its a VIA chipset, the kt333
GA-5AX - all it tells you is its made by Gigabyte nothing much else

maybe its just me wanting informative model numbers or something

Mr.Tweak
05-16-2002, 08:22 PM
Gigabyte aren't the only companies that make up their model names as they wish.

Sure the ASUS is pretty well named, like the A7V333.

A= ASUS
7= K7 (Athlon)
V = VIA
333 = chipset

but Abit also have a structured model naming convention, like the Abit SA6R for example.

The "S" comes from the first letter of the chipset, the "A" is pulled out of the sky, the "6" is the generation of processor the motherboard is for and the "R" is also pulled out of the sky to make a name which sounds good, basically.

ct_
05-17-2002, 07:39 AM
Rather quick judgment on your behalf.....

So I take it that Gigabyte are the only company that has made a bad mainboard over the years? ;)

quick? nothing quick about it...

i been ****ing with this board since day 1, and it has YET to work right :angryfire:


go back and read the thread and you'll see what i mean

i'll never trust another board from them until THIS one works as intended

:shoot: gigabyte

Moose
05-17-2002, 09:09 AM
quick? nothing quick about it...

i been ****ing with this board since day 1, and it has YET to work right :angryfire:


go back and read the thread and you'll see what i mean

i'll never trust another board from them until THIS one works as intended

:shoot: gigabyte

It is still a quick judgment...

It is because you are judging a Mainboard manufacturers quality of overall products on just one of their products...That specific product that you are talking about may be dodgy...but that doesn't reflect on the quality of their other products.

So by you saying that ALL of Gigabytes mainboards are crap...then yes..that is a quick judgment....
:devil:

Mr.Tweak
05-17-2002, 09:10 AM
It is still a quick judgment...

It is because you are judging a Mainboard manufacturers quality of overall products on just one of their products...That specific product that you are talking about may be dodgy...but that doesn't reflect on the quality of their other products.
:devil:

Spot on Moose my mate.

Moose
05-17-2002, 09:48 AM
besides the GA- at the start, the modle naming doesn't mean anything
e.g:
A7V333 - that in itself tells you, that its a VIA chipset, the kt333
GA-5AX - all it tells you is its made by Gigabyte nothing much else

maybe its just me wanting informative model numbers or something
So by this you are saying that the average Joe knows what A7V333 Means?

It doesn't need to have any reference to the set-up of the product at all really, as long as it tells us who made the mainboard...Techs that work with Gigabyte boards get used to the model numbers and the specs of the boards.... once it hits the Market with the end user...they don't need to know all the specs of the chipset and everything to do with the board. It is all jargon to them...all they want is a PC that works...only a fairly small amount of the computer market is aimed at the overclocking market...so really product codes that are related to the specific specs of the mainboard are not really necessary

Mr.Tweak
05-17-2002, 09:51 AM
And again, spot on. :)

Beefy
05-17-2002, 10:03 AM
Moose, you're on a roll here.. what else have you got to say? :)

Morgan_Lander
05-17-2002, 02:56 PM
I was under the impression that it stood for an ALi Aladdin chipset (GA-5AX) in an ATX formfactor. They had the same board in an AT formfactor as I recall, GA-5AA or something like that...

Andy
05-17-2002, 03:44 PM
So by this you are saying that the average Joe knows what A7V333 Means?

It doesn't need to have any reference to the set-up of the product at all really, as long as it tells us who made the mainboard...Techs that work with Gigabyte boards get used to the model numbers and the specs of the boards.... once it hits the Market with the end user...they don't need to know all the specs of the chipset and everything to do with the board. It is all jargon to them...all they want is a PC that works...only a fairly small amount of the computer market is aimed at the overclocking market...so really product codes that are related to the specific specs of the mainboard are not really necessary

of course the average joe won't know that A7V333 means, to them its just numbers and letters and the same with GA-5AX, but to 'informed' like you and me, know what A7V333 means, its by asus, its for the athlon, has a via chipset, and the chipset is the kt333, GA-5AX on the other hand, the only thing i can get from that is Gigabyte :\

Mr.Tweak
05-17-2002, 07:48 PM
of course the average joe won't know that A7V333 means, to them its just numbers and letters and the same with GA-5AX, but to 'informed' like you and me, know what A7V333 means, its by asus, its for the athlon, has a via chipset, and the chipset is the kt333, GA-5AX on the other hand, the only thing i can get from that is Gigabyte :\

Not a fan of Gigabyte, Andy? :)

Moose
05-17-2002, 08:06 PM
of course the average joe won't know that A7V333 means, to them its just numbers and letters and the same with GA-5AX, but to 'informed' like you and me, know what A7V333 means, its by asus, its for the athlon, has a via chipset, and the chipset is the kt333, GA-5AX on the other hand, the only thing i can get from that is Gigabyte :\

And...?

It still doesn't matter as the product code is not aimed at you and me...It is just a product code to tell the products apart...Generally a company will stick to a good product and continue to use that product until a more suitable product is released...once they know the specs on that mainboard there is no need for them to be told all the time...And really Andy.....if you look on the back of a Mainboard box...it usually has the specs of the product inside...so what is the point of creating a long code that will get people confused because they generally sound and look kind of the same when there is no need for?

Personally I think Gigabytes coding system is better...it is short and every mainboard code is always easy to tell apart :devil:

Andy
05-17-2002, 09:48 PM
Not a fan of Gigabyte, Andy? :)

nah, just don't like their model numbering

Andy
05-17-2002, 09:49 PM
And...?

It still doesn't matter as the product code is not aimed at you and me...It is just a product code to tell the products apart...Generally a company will stick to a good product and continue to use that product until a more suitable product is released...once they know the specs on that mainboard there is no need for them to be told all the time...And really Andy.....if you look on the back of a Mainboard box...it usually has the specs of the product inside...so what is the point of creating a long code that will get people confused because they generally sound and look kind of the same when there is no need for?

Personally I think Gigabytes coding system is better...it is short and every mainboard code is always easy to tell apart :devil:

like i said in one of my earlier posts:
"maybe its just me wanting informative model numbers or something"

Moose
05-17-2002, 11:14 PM
like i said in one of my earlier posts:
"maybe its just me wanting informative model numbers or something"

AKA: 0wn3d ;)

Andy
05-18-2002, 10:46 AM
AKA: 0wn3d ;)

ner :p

Mr.Tweak
05-20-2002, 06:53 PM
Guys guys guys, grow up! :laugh:

Beefy
05-20-2002, 08:01 PM
yeah, grow up!

:p

Moose
05-20-2002, 08:30 PM
ino ino.....but i can't help it :p

reli
05-21-2002, 02:23 PM
nah, just don't like their model numbering


so everybody can stop arguing about Gigabyte's naming, for my understanding, it does have a meaning.

GA-8IDML

GA for Gigabyte
8 ( first letter for CPU) Intel P4
ID (second and third letter for chipset vender + chipset) Intel brookdale Sdram
M (forth for form factor) Micro ATX
L (fifth code for other features) w/AC97 and LAN

You just have to know and it'll be easy, just like the example from Asus.

reli
05-21-2002, 02:29 PM
besides the GA- at the start, the modle naming doesn't mean anything
e.g:
A7V333 - that in itself tells you, that its a VIA chipset, the kt333
GA-5AX - all it tells you is its made by Gigabyte nothing much else

maybe its just me wanting informative model numbers or something

So for GA-5AX
will be
GA-Gigabyte
5 for 568
A for aladin
X for ATX

it wasn't that bad. just had to know, like asus A7V333

reli
05-21-2002, 02:32 PM
maybe a currently hot model might help

GA-7VRXP

7-K7
VR- Via DDR
X-ATX
P-plus

Moose
05-21-2002, 08:16 PM
We know they have meaning...


It's just that they are not as clear as say ASUS..

That is what we were discussing :)

fragman
05-21-2002, 10:21 PM
The GA-5AX was a socket 7 board based on the ALi Aladdin chipset - didn't most boards with the Aladdin 5 have big issues?

GK1
05-22-2002, 03:49 AM
Gigabyte GA-6VXDC7

Dual PIII 1GHz board Via Apollo Pro 133A chipset - Win2k Stable as a rock.
No problems at all - Bios has only a limited number of settings so is by no means an overclockers board - great for the duallie set up.

Wiggo
05-22-2002, 09:51 AM
[b]The GA-5AX was a socket 7 board based on the ALi Aladdin chipset - didn't most boards with the Aladdin 5 have big issues?
I found the 5AA and 5AX boards to be quite stable and offered a degree of overclockin' but the EPoX boards based on the VIA MPV3 chipset afforded a better BIOS which made them a much better overclockin' board. :smokin:

But I'm finding myself leanin' towards their GA-7VRXP for the next PC even though the BIOS still doesn't have all the special features I'd like. :thumb:
<center>:cheers:</center>

neopolaris
05-25-2002, 12:28 PM
http://www.viahardware.com/kt333roundup_8.shtm

Just an example... :) This is after this quote
"I think you guys will be surprised by their new boards."


__________________
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Ya, I'm surprised. Its a piece of crap. SURPRISE!!!:bounce2:
4xAGP DOES NOT WORK
fsb at 133 is a no go for 3D.

Thanks to Tom's Hardware Guide for rating this mobo #1. I fell for it.

:thumb: I wish I had never sold my K7T Turbo LE.....KMA Tom and Gigabyte


neopolaris

Wiggo
05-28-2002, 06:10 PM
Well this XP1800+ and GA-7VRXP motherboard that has now been running test and benchmark loops now for 36hrs with no problems at all. :thumb:
It would have to be the fastest bootup board that I've come across, got into the Memtest86 boot disk 3 times before I got into the BIOS, wow <img src="http://members.optushome.com.au/wiggo100/spin3.gif">
I don't go much on the CPU thermal sensor though as I think that its reading the temp of the chips under the core of the XP and not the back side of the core itself. :(
There has been no problems with anything not working or programs not installing or running as yet. In fact I didn't hit 1 snag at any stage which was very surprising and so far will have to give it a 9 out of 10. :devil:
<center>:cheers:</center>

Moose
05-28-2002, 08:41 PM
Welcome to the side of the Moose ;)

Wiggo
05-28-2002, 09:16 PM
So long as ya don't pull any of that "gay" stuff ya hear. :hmph:




:cackle: :laugh: :cackle: :laugh: :cackle:

Moose
05-28-2002, 09:27 PM
....No....But I will open a can of whoopass on you...


**Opens a can of whoopass on Wiggo** :hammer:

Wiggo
05-28-2002, 09:42 PM
Watch it boy or ya may get some of this <img src="http://members.optushome.com.au/wiggo100/fart1.gif">

:beer: :beer: :beer:

zzilver
06-25-2002, 11:09 PM
I've just finished building my second Pc so I can only compare my current GA 7VRXP to an Abit KT7-RAID.

And I liked the abit better.

The manual was a lot better. In my opinion the Gigabyte manual is really :cry: . The pages about BIOS are very annoying.

S.M.A.R.T. for Harddisks:
Disable -Disable Smart for Harddisk
Enable -Enable Smart for Harddsisk

All the BIOS functions are listed in this way. But it does not explain a single option/feature. So basically it just tells you what Enable and Disable means (50 times), and does a very poor job at this too.

So I relied heavily on this forum, to get it running properly. Now it's fine, and I am beginning to like it. Although I liked my abit better. The abit practically installed itself, and I never had a single problem.

I am still running win 98SE and I believe installing the Gigabyte would have been easier with an newer OS.

So in the end Gigabyte, turns out to be
:thumb:

Frost
06-29-2002, 11:03 AM
:D I'm an Abit fan all the way.. My wife and daughter have an Abit KT7A board versions 1.1 and 1.3 My spare is an Abit KT7A, my main computer.. which is the one that I'm typing this on, is an Abit KR7A-133 with 40GB ATA 133 Maxtor HD. :D

I've fiddled around with Gigabyte, MSI, EPoX, others, but I sure like the BIOS in this Abit Motherboards. Easy to tweak, easy to set up, and easy to get MB BIOS revisions and flash.

my 2 cents worth.

Morgan_Lander
06-29-2002, 11:14 AM
I like Asus, Tyan, and SuperMicro, but I try out different companies when I upgrade. I'm giving Iwill the go with this LAN box I putting together...tried Epox, but the blasted board croaked within 2 weeks of purchase:(:thumbs do I may try them again, but companies with boards that die kinda leave me with a bad taste in my mouth...that and boards that don't work right with certain hardware (looking at ECS:hmph: )