Gigabyte is a long term manufacturer and distributor of Computer Hardware products. I am very much excited to mention one of the best motherboard I purchase. With so much features in a less price, give the same performance and power compatibility. Gigabyte 78LMT-USB3 supports for AMD chipsets and supports for both AM3 and AM3+ socket processors.
AM3 was the previous generation socket which was popular in the phenom series. It helped to push the boundaries with AMD phenom processors. with bulldozer series, AM3+ socket came back in 2011 but it is still a choice for Budget Gamers. So, If I get a chance to review any of the motherboards, How I will review it???
Gigabyte 78LMT USB3
It is a Micro ATX form factor. It supports for AM3/AM3+ socket and 760G series chipsets. The motherboard also supports Integrated graphics processing unit “HD 3000”. This graphics chip supports DirectX 10 and OpenGL 3.3 APIs. Now, API helps to interact between hardware and software.
It consist of AM3 socket and four slots of DDR3 memory slots. It supports for DDR3 clock rate @1066 MHz and 1333(O.C) MHz and Dual channel memory architecture. If two memory module of same speed, same no. of pins and same clock speed, it will support for Dual channel memory Architecture. But, when we install a FX processor, they support clock rate of 1866 MHz. This motherboard will not use the full potential of a processor in terns of its of primary memory.
On Back panel, there are three display ports. D-sub port, DVI-D port and HDMI port supporting upto maximum resolution of 1920 X 1200. RJ-45 connector for ethernet.
Realtek Audio chip supports upto 7.1 multi channel sound. It is a High-Definition sound. There is also Dedicated Audio Hardware, so it should not get interfere with other components.
There are expansion slots containing 1 X PCI Express x16 slot, 1 X PCI Express x1 and 1 PCI slot. These all ports confirm to the version 2.0, which is not better as the data transfer speed is less than the 3.0 version. And, Nowadays All Graphic cards comes with 3.0 version.
The chipset supports for 8 USB 2.0/1.1 ports. Half of them on back panel and half on the front. There is an integrated VIA chip that supports for 4 USB 3.0 ports.
- 24-pin ATX main power connector
- 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
- 6 SATA 3Gb/s connectors
- IDE connector
- CPU Fan Header
- System Fan Header
There is an I/O controller chips for managing all the input and output ports connectors. The integration of this chip allows the faster transfer rate of data. This motherboard also supports for Dual BIOS. Main BIOS and Backup BIOS. If Main BIOS get failed during bios update, it will directly switch to Backup BIOS for continuing boot up sequence.
Many Hardware monitor software utilities are available with this motherboard. Gigabyte 78LMT-USB 3 also comes with unique features such as CPU voltage control, VGA core clock control and many more. The most exciting feature of this motherboard is that it support for Core unlocking.
This feature supports for the core locked processor. AM3 processors such as phenom series were unlockable processor. There were processor cores ranging from 2-6 cores. AMD have locked the processor in its 2-core and 4-core phenom processor. They locked the processor from 6-core to make it Quad core and 4-core to Dual core processor. but you have to remain caution while performing core unlocking, because due to faulty or bad silicon in processor, it may get damaged. I tried unlocking my dual core to Quad core, but it was getting unstable. So I disable the two cores and now it is running normal without throttling.
I don’t think that there is any software to check your motherboard performance, it completely depend on the CPU, RAM and Graphic cards you use. This three components will decide the performance of your system.
When it comes to price, it is available at 4500/- only.