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Gigabyte dual S370 mobo w/1GHz CPUs, 1gb RAM, Thermaltake coolers, AGP video, etc

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    Gigabyte dual S370 mobo w/1GHz CPUs, 1gb RAM, Thermaltake coolers, AGP video, etc

    Selling this awesome dual S370 motherboard!

    I'm sure someone out there thinks this is as cool as I do

    Board is a Gigabtye GA-6VXD7. Apollo Pro 133A chipset, 1 AGP, 5 PCI, onboard audio, dual BIOS, 2 USB (and has front panel USB header), 2 COM, etc.

    No domed capacitors.

    Review on the board:

    CPU's are matched 1GHz P3's.

    Both have Thermaltake Volcano 6Cu coolers with good fans.

    Includes both old and new style ATX case back plates.

    RAM is a set of four matched Crucial (256mb PC133 CL3) sticks that passed a 24-hour Memtest.

    Video is a PNY MX440 64mb AGP card. Basic but something to get you going.

    Gigabyte does list S370 boards with the Apollo Pro chipset in their downloads but not this exact one. Not sure if the drivers would be the same or not.

    Anyways, fully tested and guaranteed. Would like to see $40 shipped but if that's a pipedream just send me a message with an offer

    Will trade as well; always like boxed DOS games, Soundblaster 16 CT1730 (Tandy special), and newer PC stuff (DDR2 level).

    Last edited by aaron7; July 19, 2012, 02:24 AM.

    Don't care for VIA chipsets personally! Would rather have Intel! I actually have a dual slot-1 Asus P3C-D which uses RAMBUS. Now that's a fast dual board! Sorry Aaron7 not trying to kill your sale I hope you get the price your looking for or More!!!. Just stating my opinion.


      defiantly worth what your asking, I just don't need one.
      It is a mistake to think you can solve any major problems just with potatoes.


        Wow, I'm definitely getting old if this is considered "vintage".
        Collector of socket 3, 5, 7, and 8 CPU's.
        I also love Gateway 2000 computers.


          Its not that vintage, but it isn't consumer run of the mill crud either. Dual P2/P3 boards were better made then normal consumer stuff and much rarer. If I didn't have a Dual P3-700 I might have jumped on this.
          What I collect: 68K/Early PPC Mac, DOS/Win 3.1 era machines, Amiga/ST, C64/128
          Nubus/ISA/VLB/MCA/EISA cards of all types
          Boxed apps and games for the above systems
          Analog video capture cards/software and complete systems


            The good old Russian Gigabyte site rarely deletes older drivers & manuals


            There are 10 types of people in this world:
            those who understand binary and those who don't. ~Author Unknown


              Thanks for the links!

              Uploading pics right now


                Curious that you have pads for an ISA slot at the end of the board, but GB didn't bother to install a connector.
                Reach me: vcfblackhole _at_ protonmail dot com.


                  It's not vintage ! Post in the correct area of the forum!

                  (Moved to off-topic ... If you've been a registered member here since 2003 this is not a mistake you should be making.)


                    Sorry, still get confused.

                    A bottle of booze this old is considered vintage!

                    Do remember it's 2012 and this (going by the manual printing) turns 12 years old TODAY!


                      Up on ebay for $19.99 free shipping opening bid!



                        Nice board--can the pads for the ISA connector on the edge of the board be populated?
                        Reach me: vcfblackhole _at_ protonmail dot com.


                          That's one sweet looking board. Makes me kind of wish I had that for the start of my last PIII project. (Almost there on that one - only need to get the Ensoniq PCI audio up and woking in DOS - works fine ix Xp). If I wasn't overloaded with mobo's at this time I'd jump on it. Might anyway at that price. lol
                          Surely not everyone was Kung-Fu fighting


                            Originally posted by Chuck(G) View Post
                            Nice board--can the pads for the ISA connector on the edge of the board be populated?
                            The PDF manual for the board indicates an ISA slot. My guess is that this board was at the end its run and they saw no need for ISA slots. Probably a version or two before this one had the ISA slot onboard.
                            Surely not everyone was Kung-Fu fighting