AnandTech heeft een review gepost van het Gigabyte GA-7IX Athlon mainboard. Het blijkt om een nogal kale plank te gaan die vrijwel gelijk is aan AMD's Fester reference design. Voor overklokkers valt er met dit bord voorlopig ook weinig eer te behalen, want naast de standaard 100MHz bus zijn er geen alternatieve settings:
So far, overclocked FSB speeds are virtually non-existent on Athlon motherboards and the GA-7IX is not the first to break the mold and only offers a 100 MHz setting. As such, any overclocking will have to be performed by modifying the actual Athlon CPU in order to enable multiplier selection. See AnandTech's Athlon Buyer's Guide Part 2: Overclocking article. In Part 1: Motherboards, the Gigabyte GA-7IX performed admirably in both standard and overclocked stability tests, falling only behind the Asus K7M. However, we have yet to see an Athlon motherboard with stability that matches that of the best i440BX boards, such as the AOpen AX6BC Pro Gold or Tyan Thunderbolt.
Gigabyte has taken the standard Award 4.51PG BIOS and put it on the GA-7IX with virtually no modifications. Thus, tweaking the BIOS to squeeze out every last bit of performance is simply not possible with this board. Power management consists of pretty much the standard stuff these days. Wake on LAN and wake on modem ring headers are available to allow the system to power on in the presence of network activity or incoming call. The BIOS can be set to turn on the system at a specific time. The CPU fan can be shut off when the system suspends to quiet things down a bit. Full ACPI support is included for additional power management options under an ACPI compliant OS, such as Windows 98 or 2000.