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Gigabyte GA-MA78GPM-DS2H Motherboard

Author:  Jack Wells
Date:  2008.09.11
Topic:  Motherboards
Provider:  Gigabyte
Manufacturer:  Gigabyte

Gigabyte GA-MA78GPM-DS2H Motherboard

Gigabyte GA-MA78GPM-DS2H motherboard

Gigabyte GA-MA78GPM-DS2H motherboard


With the GA-MA78GPM-DS2H, Gigabyte is attempting to reach people in the market for a mid-range motherboard.  The GA-MA78GPM-DS2H is packed with features, comes in a small form factor, and is the perfect board for any AMD enthusiast.  It’s probably not for the power gamer, given that it only has one slot for a graphics card and has a limited number of expansion slots.  However, it seems well built and for a mid-range board, it’s loaded.  Let’s take a closer look at some of the features.

Description, Features, and Specifications (according to Gigabyte)

The GA-MA78GPM-DS2H is GIGABYTE’s next generation, high performance platform based on the new AMD 780G Chipset and support for the new AMD Phenom™ quad-core processors, with the latest AM2+ platform support, integrated DDR2 1066 memory controller, HyperTransport™ 3.0 technology links and 128-bit Floating Point Units. In addition, GA-MA78GPM-DS2H features with two innovative S features- Safe, Smart technologies, further providing reliable and user friendly computing and reaching the maximum system performance easily via personalized software settings. GIGABYTE S series motherboards, the champion’s choice for AMD AM2+ platform!

  • Supports AMD Phenom/ Athlon series processors
  • Dual Channel DDR2 1066* for remarkable system performance
  • Integrated 128MB DDR3 1066/ 1333(OC)MHz SidePort Memory
  • Integrated ATI Radeon HD3200 graphics (DirectX10)
  • Ultimate graphics performance with PCI-E 2.0 x16 interface with ATI Hybrid CrossFireX support
  • Features high speed Gigabit Ethernet and IEEE1394
  • High quality 106dB SNR ALC889A HD audio
  • Supports Dolby Home Theater audio to create a stunning surround sound listening experience.
  • Integrated HDMI/ DVI interface with HDCP
  • DualBIOS solution gives a multiple security to the system
  • All Japanese manufactured solid capacitors

See here for a complete listing of all specifications.

Supported CPU
  1. AMD Phenom™ FX processor
  2. AMD Phenom™ X4 processor
  3. AMD Phenom™ X3 processor
  4. AMD Athlon™ X2 processor
  5. AMD Athlon™ processor
  6. AMD Sempron™ X2 processor
  7. AMD Sempron™ processor
Hyper Transport Bus 5200/2000 MT/s
  1. North Bridge: AMD 780G
  2. South Bridge: AMD SB700
Memory 4 x 1.8V DDR2 DIMM sockets (DDR 1066 max)
Integrated Memory 128MB DDR3 SidePort memory
  1. Realtek ALC889A codec
  2. High Definition Audio
  3. 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel
  4. Support for Dolby® Home Theater (Note 3)
  5. Support for S/PDIF In/Out
  6. Support for CD In
LAN Realtek 8111C chip (10/100/1000 Mbit)
Expansion Slots
  1. 1 x PCI Express x16 slot (1 x PCI Express x16 slot supporting ATI Hybrid CrossFireXTM technology and conforming to PCI Express 2.0 standard)
  2. 1 x PCI Express x1 slot
  3. 2 x PCI slots
Storage Interface
  1. 1 x IDE connector supporting ATA-133/100/66/33 and up to 2 IDE devices
  2. 5 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors supporting up to 5 SATA 3Gb/s devices
  3. 1 x eSATA 3Gb/s port on the back panel supporting up to 1 SATA 3Gb/s device
  4. Support for SATA RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 10 and JBOD
IEEE 1394 Up to 2
USB Up to 12
I/O Controller ITE IT8718 chip
BIOS Use of licensed AWARD BIOS
Form Factor Micro ATX Form Factor; 24.4cm x 24.4cm
Unique Features
  1. Support for @BIOS
  2. Support for Download Center
  3. Support for Q-Flash
  4. Support for EasyTune (Note 6)
  5. Support for Xpress Install
  6. Support for Xpress Recovery2
  7. Support for Virtual Dual BIOS

Let's look at the special features of this board now.


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