Gigabyte GAMA69VMS2 review

Big brand, low price

If you're on a budget, this proves you can still afford quality

TechRadar Verdict

Redefining the term budget motherboard


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    Incredibly cheap


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    Basic features

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With Intel's Core 2 Duo topping all the bench tables, the Athlon has been reduced to a supporting role as a value offering.

In that context, this distinctly modest AM2 motherboard from Gigabyte makes a lot of sense. At just £35, its pricing is downright dirty.

Especially for a board from a major manufacturer like Gigabyte. And just think, you could add a cheap dual-core Athlon and a couple of sticks of budget memory and barely break the £100 barrier.

What's more, thanks to the integrated Radeon X1200 graphics, you only need add a hard disk and DVD drive for a cheap dual-core rig.

We'll therefore forgive the absence of BIOS ramping options, overlook the lack of digital video out and ignore the mere quartet of SATA ports. If you're on a budget, this proves you can still afford quality. was the former name of Its staff were at the forefront of the digital publishing revolution, and spearheaded the move to bring consumer technology journalism to its natural home – online. Many of the current TechRadar staff started life a staff writer, covering everything from the emerging smartphone market to the evolving market of personal computers. Think of it as the building blocks of the TechRadar you love today.