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Gigabyte GA-M57SLI-S4 nForce 570 SLI Motherboard Review

Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: Gigabyte

Introduction and Specifications


GIGABYTE produces motherboards based on just about every chipset and socket configuration available for market use. GIGABYTE is considered a top Tier-1 motherboard manufacturer. In this case, I will be reviewing the GA-M57SLI-S4 motherboard featuring the nForce 570 chipset for socket AM2. Here is a look at the board's specifications taken directly from the manufactures web site.

Specifications (from


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


NVIDIA nForce 570-SLI
Super I/O: ITE IT8716 chip.
Integrated Peripherals
T.I. IEEE1394 controller
Marvell 88E1116 Gigabit Ethernet controller
Realtek ALC883 Audio Codec


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

Expansion Slots

2 PCI Express x 16 slot
3 PCI Express x 1 slot
2 PCI slots

H/W Monitoring

System voltage detection
CPU temperature detection
CPU / Power / System fan speed detection
CPU warning temperature
CPU fan failure warning
Supports CPU Smart Fan function

Back Panel I/O Ports

1 PS/2 keyboard port
1 PS/2 mouse port
1 parallel port
1 SPDIF out port (coaxial)
1 SPDIF out port (optical)
1 COMA port
4 USB 2.0/1.1 ports
1 IEEE1394a port
1 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)

Internal I/O Connectors

1 24-pin ATX power connector
1 4-pin ATX 12V power connector
1 floppy connector
1 IDE connectors
6 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 SPDIF In/Out 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
1 Power LED connector
1 Chassis Intrusion connector


1 4Mbit flash ROM
Use of licensed AWARD BIOS
PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.0, SM BIOS 2.3, ACPI 1.0b

Other Features

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

Form Factor

ATX form factor; 30.5cm x 23.4 cm

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