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MODS CLOSE THIS THREAD. IT IS FULL OF MISCONSTRUED INFORMATION.

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Some info about this board was posted in the Hardware Section, but I figured I'd give this topic more face time in this section.

Gigabyte has recently released the GA-E7AUM-DS2H. This mobo is powered by Nvidia's 9400 chipset. A desktop version of the 9400m chipset found in the new unibody revisions of the Macbook/Macbook Pro. This baby supports Hybrid Sli as well as 16GB of DDR2 ram.

The specs are very nice...

Chipset : Nvidia Geforce 9400
Audio: Realtek 889a (Fully supported by OSx86)
Ethernet: Realtek 8211CL (Not 100% on this, but should work)
Video: Geforce 9400 via DVI, HDMI, or VGA output.

Full spec list at Gigabytes site: Here


Assuming this new chipset is supported, you'll most likely have to sport a 10.5.6 update or Macbook/Macbook Pro restore disc minimum to install.

Thoughts? Discuss. ;)


-Stell

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very interesting, looks like it would make a great HTPC ;)

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price?

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The price of GA-E7AUM-DS2H is about 14980 Yen ( japan currency).
See here for detail:
http://ascii.jp/elem...000/186/186755/

Hmm , expensive!

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I think this board ought to capture a substantial amount of attention. Looks like a Mini-killer, even if the new Mini arrives with the 9400 chipset.

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I think this board ought to capture a substantial amount of attention. Looks like a Mini-killer, even if the new Mini arrives with the 9400 chipset.


I agree with you. I think the new mini will come loaded with the 9400 chipset.

-Stell

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My home theater is currently run by a 2 gHz Mini with 3 gb RAM. With Plex, it plays all but two of my Blu-ray rips just fine, even with DD or DTS audio. This new board with an e6600 ought to be just perfect for problem-free playback of Blu-ray video without generating too much heat. I suspect it will be a very quiet setup, particularly inside a Lian Li HTPC box.

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My home theater is currently run by a 2 gHz Mini with 3 gb RAM. With Plex, it plays all but two of my Blu-ray rips just fine, even with DD or DTS audio. This new board with an e6600 ought to be just perfect for problem-free playback of Blu-ray video without generating too much heat. I suspect it will be a very quiet setup, particularly inside a Lian Li HTPC box.


agreed

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Yes, it's a nice board I must say. I have been playing with it for about a week now and I'm really satisfied with it. I bought it only because of the new macbooks. I'm running vista on it right now but that will change as soon as I can get osx on it. These few days gave me a flashback to why I switched to mac all those years ago: the hunt for drivers and overall system layout. Unfortunately I'm a total hackintosh noob so I guess that I have to wait for someone else to do the dirty work. :/

I will be scouring through the bbs and at least give it a try, but don't count on me getting it working. :D

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Where did you get your board and how much did it cost?

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Very nice board. I wonder if anybody will ever make a board without stuff like a floppy disk interface, serial interfaces, and IDE connectors? It just seems logical that you some company would get the smart idea to dump all of the legacy stuff and produce a slick modern board that didn't pay homage to the past. Lets face it 99% of us do not need any of those interfaces. It is just a waste of PCB space especially on these smaller boards.

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Looks like NewEgg has it in stock now at $135. Not a bad price if it can be made to work with ethernet, video and digital optical audio.

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Hey all. So I have some good news....

-Nvidia 9400 works 100% QE/CI. Only tested via DVI so far.
-Ethernet works oob and has proper bonjour/afp sharing support
-firewire works oob
-ahci working oob, but with device id added to ahci kext info you get info in sys profiler (picture below)
-Vanilla kernel works (from macbook restore disc)
-Sleep works and even wakes using usb keyboard on S3.

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More info to come soon. Of course you'll need a macbook/macbookpro unibody restore disc as of now.

Thanks to Signal64 for testing this stuff out for the curious crowd. ;)

-Stell

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Now that is insanely great news for the hackintosh community. Thanks for the info and keep us posted.

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sweeet

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Great job Signal64, i know how much hard work you put into making this possible.

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Signal64 ftw!

soon to be on the working list is : asus p5n7a-vm

not as easy as the gigabyte but hopefully fully operational soon.

-D-



sweeet! getting me one of these boards pretty soon :)

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So afaik, the only quirk is that ethernet needs to be reset after system wake. I cannot test this as I do not currently have the board. I plan on getting it soon hopefully.

-Stell

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i really have my eye on that one too
how did you install it ?

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I agree that this sound awesome. I for one am glad that Apple decided to switch to nVidia. Can wait to see how this pans out for hackint0sh support! -_-





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