Gigabyte GA-N650SLI-DS4 650i SLI Review

8 Gigabyte GA N650SLI DS4 650i SLI Review

It was a pleasant surprise to find such an elaborate cooling employed by
Gigabyte on a mid-range motherboard. Fully copper and featuring tall
over-hanging rows of fins totaling 30 rows altogether, this is the best cooler
with the highest amount of surface area I’ve seen employed on a 650i SLI
motherboard. And the story doesn’t end here:

12 Gigabyte GA N650SLI DS4 650i SLI Review

Right behind the C55 chipset lies a copper heatsink to take the cooling
factor another length of distance away from the competition. In comparison,
you’ll find that the coolers on other 650i SLI motherboards pale:

18 Gigabyte GA N650SLI DS4 650i SLI Review

14 Gigabyte GA N650SLI DS4 650i SLI Review

13 Gigabyte GA N650SLI DS4 650i SLI Review

For those worried about third party Cooler for CPU due to chipset cooler, here’s how high the cooler stand from PCB, 3.2CM:

67 Gigabyte GA N650SLI DS4 650i SLI Review

High score in the cooling department for this board for sure. The cooling on
the Southbridge is much less elaborate, but quite sufficient for the low-heat
producing NF430 chipset.

15 Gigabyte GA N650SLI DS4 650i SLI Review


 

The 4/8pin +12v power connector lies beside the Northbridge. I was happy to
see what I saw on the CPU socket area as well:

9 Gigabyte GA N650SLI DS4 650i SLI Review

Not only is it the only 650i SLI motherboard to spot a CPU socket packed full
of SMD capacitors, it is the only 650i SLI motherboard with 6-phase power for
the CPU
, with 2 MOSFETs splitting load per phase. The ASUS 650i SLI is 3-phase
while the Abit 650i SLI is 4-phase by comparison. Good investment in features
that make a difference in my book.

10 Gigabyte GA N650SLI DS4 650i SLI Review

Gigabyte’s favorite Voltage Regulator for CPU Intersil makes the ISL6327
regulator.


11 Gigabyte GA N650SLI DS4 650i SLI Review

Rear I/O: PS/2 ports, S/PDIF Out connection (coaxial+optical), parallel and
serial ports, 4 USB 2.0/1.1 ports, a IEEE 1394a port, Ethernet port, and 6 audio
jacks.

 16 Gigabyte GA N650SLI DS4 650i SLI Review

Full bundle you get the manual, Driver CD, I/O shield, an IDE and Floppy
Cable, 4 SATA cables and an SLI connector.

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8 Gigabyte GA N650SLI DS4 650i SLI Review

It was a pleasant surprise to find such an elaborate cooling employed by
Gigabyte on a mid-range motherboard. Fully copper and featuring tall
over-hanging rows of fins totaling 30 rows altogether, this is the best cooler
with the highest amount of surface area I’ve seen employed on a 650i SLI
motherboard. And the story doesn’t end here:

12 Gigabyte GA N650SLI DS4 650i SLI Review

Right behind the C55 chipset lies a copper heatsink to take the cooling
factor another length of distance away from the competition. In comparison,
you’ll find that the coolers on other 650i SLI motherboards pale:

18 Gigabyte GA N650SLI DS4 650i SLI Review

14 Gigabyte GA N650SLI DS4 650i SLI Review

13 Gigabyte GA N650SLI DS4 650i SLI Review

For those worried about third party Cooler for CPU due to chipset cooler, here’s how high the cooler stand from PCB, 3.2CM:

67 Gigabyte GA N650SLI DS4 650i SLI Review

High score in the cooling department for this board for sure. The cooling on
the Southbridge is much less elaborate, but quite sufficient for the low-heat
producing NF430 chipset.

15 Gigabyte GA N650SLI DS4 650i SLI Review


 

The 4/8pin +12v power connector lies beside the Northbridge. I was happy to
see what I saw on the CPU socket area as well:

9 Gigabyte GA N650SLI DS4 650i SLI Review

Not only is it the only 650i SLI motherboard to spot a CPU socket packed full
of SMD capacitors, it is the only 650i SLI motherboard with 6-phase power for
the CPU
, with 2 MOSFETs splitting load per phase. The ASUS 650i SLI is 3-phase
while the Abit 650i SLI is 4-phase by comparison. Good investment in features
that make a difference in my book.

10 Gigabyte GA N650SLI DS4 650i SLI Review

Gigabyte’s favorite Voltage Regulator for CPU Intersil makes the ISL6327
regulator.


11 Gigabyte GA N650SLI DS4 650i SLI Review

Rear I/O: PS/2 ports, S/PDIF Out connection (coaxial+optical), parallel and
serial ports, 4 USB 2.0/1.1 ports, a IEEE 1394a port, Ethernet port, and 6 audio
jacks.

 16 Gigabyte GA N650SLI DS4 650i SLI Review

Full bundle you get the manual, Driver CD, I/O shield, an IDE and Floppy
Cable, 4 SATA cables and an SLI connector.

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