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DukeOfURL.org: Gigabyte GA-7DXR on Linux

Aug 19, 2001, 18:00 (7 Talkback[s])
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"Most of today's current DDR solutions are still far from mature. Let's face it, the first wave of DDR motherboards and SDRAM weren't the great boon of power most people were looking for it. After a lot of going back to the drawing board, a lot of criticism, several chipsets, and three different revisions of the new DDR SDRAM, we may finally be ready to behold the true power of DDR.

Things like CAS 2 DDR SDRAM, PC2400 SDRAM, the KT266, and our subject today, the AMD 761 chipset, have all come along and finally proven themselves viable components to the DDR solution.

Gigabyte's GA-7DXR is unique in more than one way. First off, it uses the AMD 761 north bridge, along with the VIA 686B south bridge. I haven't seen this match made before, but Gigabyte obviously saw potential in this unlikely combination. Secondly, the GA-7DXR raises the bar and is equipped with 3 DDR SDRAM DIMM slots rather than the standard fare of 2. I'll be the first to say this is one of the single biggest factors that has kept me from DDR SDRAM to date.

Of course, the GA-7DXR wouldn't be a Gigabyte board without their usual additions like CT5880 audio (Creative Labs Sound Blaster 128), the PDC20265D (Promise FastTrak Lite 100), and AGP Pro. I haven't seen these three technologies come together a single motherboard before, and that's something a lot of motherboard manufacturers seem to miss. Give them something they haven't seen before.

/ Gigabyte has a lot good going for them so far. Can they pull off a unique DDR motherboard, or will the GA-7DXR fall by the wayside like a lot of other AMD DDR motherboards? "

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