in the box?
seems that all of today's Mainboard companies enjoy putting
the same things in all of their boxes. In Gigabyte's box you'll
find the board (make sure that's there, it's very important),
a driver disk, a couple of IDE cables, and of course the manual.
The manual included in the box is not bad, instructions on how
to install the Mainboard, as well as detailed information for
almost every feature in the BIOS is present.
of Micro-ATX form factor there shouldn't be any problems fitting
the GA-7VM in any standard case. The board was so tiny in fact
that, it looked very out of place installed in our rather large
test computer's case. Oddly this board still uses age-old dipswitches
to control FSB (front side bus) speed settings. With most major
Mainboard manufacturers using totally BIOS driven controls I
expected a little more from Gigabyte. Once all was said and
done, we had a 750MHz Athlon, 1 stick of PC100 SRAM, an Elsa
Gladiac GeForce2, and a modem, an ATA/66 HD, and a 12x CD-ROM
drive all plugged in ready to go.
my first boot-up windows prompted me for the driver disk, which
I swiftly inserted into the CD-ROM drive. After all was setup,
and properly installed on our Windows98 test bed, I rebooted
one last time, and dove right into the BIOS to see what this
little sucker could do.