Meant for power users, this AMD based motherboard supports the next generation AMD AM3 Phenom II/Athlon II processors. It comes with in-built 128MB DDR3 1066 MHz sideport memory, a unique feature which enhances the performance of 3D upto plus 10% as stated by Gigabyte. The motherboard has an integrated ATI Radeon HD 4200 graphics card supporting the direct 10.1. It supports DDR3 memory up to 1800MHz. The motherboard has dual BIOS creating a fail-safe option for users. Like most motherboards, this one has an advance proprietary software design which enables this board to dynamically adjust the CPU power depending upon the load. This motherboard performed well in our tests. For benchmarking this board, we used AMD Phenom II X4 965 processor with 2GB memory, 120GB HDD and Win XP as the OS, keeping all settings in default condition. The score ticked to 3291 in 3DMarks which is far better than ECS A780 GM-A Ultra Motherboard which scored 1384 3DMarks. In PCMark, the score was not as expected, it scored 6687 which is little less than ECS A780. Similarly in case of Cinebench, the scores were 8562 CB-CPU, 500 CB-CPU -less than the ECS motherboard. In POV-Ray, the motherboard scored better than ECS. It gave 23.89 FPS in unreal tournament benchmark without a dedicated graphics card.
Bottomline: Considering its feature and performance, it's worth buying.