Gigabyte GA-73PVM-SH2 mATX Motherboard
|Gigabyte GA-73PVM-SH2 mATX Motherboard|
|Gigabyte GA-73PVM-SH2 Motherboard Specifications|
|Gigabyte GA-73PVM-SH2 Motherboard Testing|
|Gigabyte GA-73PVM-SH2 Gaming Testing|
|Final Thoughts and Conclusion|
There are literally hundreds of motherboard options on the market today, and it almost becomes overwhelming for some users that just want to build a new PC and don't really want anything too expensive, but still wants something reliable and also still wants a few features to be included. The Gigabyte GA-73PVM-SH2 is a board that is aimed at exactly that market, and with features like HDMI out, also could be a very popular choice for the HTPC market.
A couple weeks ago we took a look at another mATX board from Intel, the Intel DQ35J0, which is approximately in the same price range as the Gigabyte GA-73PVM-SH2 which we are going to be looking at today. Throughout the review I will be linking back to the Intel review since it will be great to compare the two to see how they compare performance-wise.
Let's get on with the testing....
At first look this board looks pretty standard, nothing too flashy about it. Then you look at the inputs and realize that this board has a ton of features, features like DVI-Out, VGA-Out, HDMI-Out, eSATA, lots of USB ports and headers, RAID capable, SPIDIF-Out, onboard 1394, 7.1 channel capable soundcard, Gigabit Ethernet, and more. Not too bad for a board that retails for less than $90.00 CDN
As you can see on the back of the board, there are a lot of options. HDMI-out is a great feature for the HTPC crowd, and options like eSATA really make adding another hard drive down the road simple.
One drawback is the 2 memory slots, but for the average user and HTPC, there is really no need for 4 slots of memory, with a couple 2GB sticks of memory you will have plenty of memory for anything you need for the time being. Also not many mATX boards have 4 slots anyways, so the lack of memory slots really isn't a huge drawback for most.