Gigabyte GA-7VT600-L - Page 2

..:: Gigabyte GA-7VT600-L Product Package ::..

Gigabyte ships the 7VT600-L in a black colored box with their usual spaceship design on the top. The only way to distinguish that you indeed have this specific motherboard model is by locating a small sticker on the left side of the box, so make sure you don't end up with the wrong board at the checkout counter.

One thing that Gigabyte is well known for is the amount of items and accessories that they include with their motherboards, and the goodies that the 7VT600-L is bundled with is no exception. The package contains the usual accessories such as a user manual, an I/O backplate, the driver/software installation CD, one UDMA/133 hard drive cable and a floppy cable. Gigabyte doesn't stop there, however. They also toss in a quick installation guide, an orange sticker to affix to the interior of the computer case, a USB 2.0 bracket with two ports, two case badges of different sizes and even a UDMA/33 cable for an optical drive! Needless to say, the 7VT600-L has a very comprehensive package for a motherboard that is targeted at the budget consumer.

Nearly all of the topics in the user manual are clear and detailed with the exception of the BIOS section. Granted that some of the BIOS settings do not need an in-depth explanation as to what each one is designed to do, but some of the hidden BIOS features and settings of the 7VT600-L motherboard are nowhere to be found in the user manual. We'll explain how to enable them as well as show you these hidden features and settings later on in the BIOS section of this review.

..:: Gigabyte GA-7VT600-L Software Suite ::..

After you install your operating system of choice, the next thing you will need to do is install the drivers. The 7VT600-L motherboard was just released as of the writing of this review, therefore Gigabyte provides all of the latest versions of the drivers with the included installation CD. When you first insert the disc into your CD-ROM, the main window will pop up right to the driver install window. Here, you simply click which drivers to install and youíre good to go. The next window thatíll be important is the Utilities window. Here youíll be able to install all of the third party software, and Gigabyteís own software onto your system. One of the nicer software inclusions within the package is that of Norton Internet Security. This software package includes the likes of Norton Anti-Virus, Personal Firewall, Parental Controls, etc. Gigabyte has also chosen to include their Windows-based BIOS writer, along with a basic system monitoring utility. Overall the Gigabyte GA-7VT600-L comes along with a great software suite for a budget board.