Written on: 07/02/2006 by mushymarlil (1 review written)
Very Reliable And Stable, Easy To Set Up
Layout Could Be Better
I have had this Gigabyte GA-7N400 Pro 2 Motherboard for about 2 years now and I'm running an AMD ATHLON XP 2800+ the processor stays at about 45-50deg.c when on 100%load and the same when idle, 25-30deg.c when on standby and the case temperature is round about 20-25deg.c i have an ATI RADEON 9800 ALL IN WONDER PRO and because all the exhaust fans are above the card it tends to get quite hot but i'll change that with a new cooler for my card, I have coolers on my 2 stripped RAID HDD's they run perfectly with no errors at all - the motherboard itself gets to about 35-40deg.c which when considering my case temperature, is very hot, most boards run just above ambient temperature so i'll see about getting a heatsink with a fan on for my board (its the standard heatsink at present). When I first set my PC up I found it really easy to do, didn't find any problems and some people say that when updating the dual bios it wipes both bios for some reason - mine only updates one bios and leaves the other bios as standard but I have a backup of both bios just in case. I bought this board for around £65 and I use my system intensively sometimes being on and at 100% load for often up to 7 days at a time, I play a lot of games and do quite a bit of video editing, this board is by far the best I have found. I also have 4GB of dual channel PC3200 RAM 1GB on each slot and I have had no problem with that either, the only fault I can find with this otherwise perfect board is that some of the slots are difficult to get to when the pc is set up, meaning if I want to take anything out i have to unplug several things to get to the one I want - but in my books that's not a problem that would make me change my board. The software I cant find a fault with apart from when windows tried to update my sound card driver (on board, as standard) - It does not do it properly and I have to install from the cd again but even the standard sound card drivers I have no problem with - all round a great board.