AMD Llanos has finally hit the market and the new A75 and A55 chipsets have started trickling in from all major motherboard manufacturers. We’ve already seen the Asus F1A75M-PRO in action, and now it’s Gigabyte's turn. The GA-A75-D3H is a mainstream motherboard with their own flavour thrown in like DDR3 memory support upto 2400MHz, dual BIOS and much more. First, let’s have a look at the design and layout of the board.
Good set of connectors
One thing to note is that if you enable dual-link, you can't use any of the other ports. Other connectors include optical-out, LAN jack, ESATA, USB 2.0 ports and Realtek ALC889 with 7.1 channel support.
Good layout and design
The four memory slots are placed at a good distance from the PCIE slot, so they don't get in the way after installing the graphics card. There are a total of 5 SATA III connectors onboard along with one ESATA in the rear panel. In terms of expansion, we have two x16 PCIE connectors with CrossFireX support, along with three PCI slots and two PCIE x1 slots. Gigabyte has gone with their trademark blue PCB and overall, I didn’t have any issues with build quality of the motherboard.
The Southbridge gets hot pretty quickly
Gigabyte hasn’t used a UEFI BIOS like Asus, which means you still have to deal with the blue screen and keyboard. Their ‘Touch BIOS’ is only available for the Intel Sandy Bridge platform as of now. Basic overclocking options are present under the M.I.T submenu. The rest of the options are pretty standard across all Gigabyte motherboards. There are a whole bunch of software utilities like EasyTune 6 for monitoring and tweaking settings of the motherboard and CPU. Dynamic Energy Saver 2 is also present and so is Smart Recovery 2 and AutoGreen. All the drivers and utilities are provided on the disk. The bundle includes the user manual, four SATA cables and an I/O shield plate.
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