Difference between revisions of "Board:gigabyte/m57sli"

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There is a version with a PLCC socket for the BIOS chip ([http://www.motherboards.org/imageview.html?i=/images/reviews/motherboards/1628_p6_6.jpg socketed BIOS]), but this might be a pre-production board since nobody has so far (2007/03) confirmed the purchase of a GA-M57SLI-S4 board with socketed BIOS.  
There is a version with a PLCC socket for the BIOS chip ([http://www.motherboards.org/imageview.html?i=/images/reviews/motherboards/1628_p6_6.jpg socketed BIOS]), but this might be a pre-production board since nobody has so far (2007/03) confirmed the purchase of a GA-M57SLI-S4 board with socketed BIOS.  


There are 3 volume revisions, 2 with plcc32 (v1.0, v1.1) ([http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Products/Motherboard/Products_Overview.aspx?ProductID=2287&ModelName=GA-M57SLI-S4 soldered BIOS]) and v2.0 with single 8 pin SPI. All 3 have unpopulated secondary pads, which can be utilized (see below).
There are 4 volume revisions, 2 with plcc32 (v1.0, v1.1) ([http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Products/Motherboard/Products_Overview.aspx?ProductID=2287&ModelName=GA-M57SLI-S4 soldered BIOS]) and another 2 with single 8 pin SPI. All 4 have unpopulated secondary pads, which can be utilized (see below).


The fact that the BIOS is soldered onto the board complicates matters considerably, because it means that one flash of a faulty image will render your board unusable (it will be 'bricked'). '''Top Hat Flash''' does not work with the M57's SST 49LF040B 33-4C-NHE, but might work with other FWH.
The fact that the BIOS is soldered onto the board complicates matters considerably, because it means that one flash of a faulty image will render your board unusable (it will be 'bricked'). '''Top Hat Flash''' does not work with the M57's SST 49LF040B 33-4C-NHE, but might work with other FWH.

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