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Specifications and Retail Package - GIGABYTE GA-M59SLI-S5

GIGABYTE GA-M59SLI-S5 Motherboard - Specifications and Retail Package
Well Balanced

Socket AM2 for AMD Athlon 64 FX / Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core / Athlon 64 / Sempron processor

NVIDIA nForce 590-SLI
Super I/O: ITE IT8716 chip.
Integrated Peripherals
T.I. IEEE1394 controller
Marvell 88E1116 Gigabit Ethernet controller
Realtek ALC888DD Audio Codec
GIGABYTE SATA2 controller

4 DDR2 DIMM memory slots (supports up to 16GB memory)(Note 1)
Supports dual channel DDR2 800/667/533/400 DIMMs
Supports 1.8V DDR2 DIMMs

Internal I/O Connectors
1 24-pin ATX power connector
1 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
1 4-pin PCIE 12V power connector
1 floppy connector
1 IDE connectors
8 SATA 3Gb/s connectors
1 CPU fan connector
1 system fan connector
1 power fan connector
1 front panel connector
1 front audio connector
1 CD In connector
1 power LED connector
1 SPDIF In connector
3 USB 2.0/1.1 connectors for additional 6 USB 2.0/1.1 ports by cables
2 IEEE1394a connectors for additional 2 port by cable

Form Factor
ATX form factor; 30.5cm x 24.4 cm

Expansion Slots
2 PCI Express x 16 slot
1 PCI Express x 8 slot
2 PCI Express x 1 slot
2 PCI slots

Rear Panel I/O
1 PS/2 keyboard port
1 PS/2 mouse port
1 parallel port
1 SPDIF out port (optical)
1 COMA port
4 USB 2.0/1.1 ports
1 IEEE1394a port
2 RJ-45 port
6 audio jacks (Line In / Line Out / MIC In/Surround Speaker Out (Rear Speaker Out) / Center / Subwoofer Speaker Out / Side Speaker Out)

H/W Monitoring

System voltage detection
CPU /System temperature detection
CPU / Power / System fan speed detection
CPU/ System warning temperature
CPU fan failure warning
Supports CPU Smart Fan function(Note 2)

2 4Mbit flash ROM
Use of licensed AWARD BIOS

Other Features
Supports @BIOS
Supports Download Center
Supports Q-Flash
Supports EasyTune (Note 3)
Supports Xpress Install
Supports Xpress Recovery2
Supports Xpress BIOS Rescue

The GIGABYTE GA-M59SLI-S5 has a impressive retail package that comes equipped with some common, and not so common items.  The package comes with a relatively clear and detailed user's manual and a comprehensive drivers CD. When inserted, a browser-based auto configuration screen loads that scans what hardware exists and provides easy access to the necessary drivers.  For storage solutions, GIGABYTE includes four SATA cables and one Molex to SATA adapter.  There was also a single floppy and 80-Pin IDE ribbon cable included as well as a SATA extension cable to be used with GIGABYTES eSATA package, which we'll touch on in a moment.  An SLI bridge PCB was included as well as a retention bracket that fits in an empty slot in the case to ensure the SLI bridge is seated securely.  Rounding out the bundle is a GIGABYTE case badge and I/O shield for a perfect fit in any case.


One item that stands out is the eSATA adapter package.  This bracket sports two SATA ports and one Molex power connector that gets routed to the rear of the PC.  This is an extremely convenient feature making it very easy to connect an eSATA drive externally by supplying both data and power connections.  Power to the external drive is adapted using the male Molex to SATA adapter.  About the only thing that would make this feature even more convenient would be to offer the flexibility of mounting the bracket either at the rear of the case or in an available 3.5" drive bay at the front of a case.  Either way, this was a useful, and clearly thought-out extra that should prove to be quite functional for some users.

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