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The board performed well in our tests. Using the X38 chipset and an identical configuration, it’s only three points lower than what a top of the range board can achieve. Be it workstation or gaming, this motherboard delivers big time for a low price, you can’t get better than that!
GA-PDS3L (rev. 1.x) | Mainboards – GIGABYTE Germany
That’s amazing when you consider the other motherboards tested are two to three times more expensive! Those of you looking to get more out of your CPU can tinker with the BIOS’s front side bus speed, which can be adjusted in 1MHz increments, and the memory speed can also be set to run at various ratios of the front side bus speed so the memory doesn’t need to run at MHz.
One IDE port is present, for a DVD burner or an older hard drive, and a floppy port, which is located on the bottom edge of the board, appears to have been included as an afterthought. Lack of upgradability and low performance? It often performed as fast as Intel P35 Express motherboards and that’s pretty good!
Mainstream users really can’t hope for much more, but if you’re gigagyte to build a low cost entry level computer I’ll bet you want something a little cheaper than P35 can afford. Overclocking is alive and well!
Typical Test System Specifications: Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. This motherboard rocks for the right applications – office and internet! Well just your luck, Intel has released a stripped down iteration of the P35 called the P31 Express chipset.
Gigabyte GA-P31-DS3L – motherboard – ATX – LGA775 Socket – P31
Windows Vista found all the motherboard’s components, so we didn’t even have to use the supplied driver disc. I ga–p31-ds3l power and lots of it.
Sign in with LinkedIn Sign in with Facebook. Ga-3p1-ds3l a mainstream motherboard that’s based on Intel’s P31 chipset, which isn’t as extravagant as the P35 chipset.
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Gigabyte Technology GA-P31-DS3L, LGA 775/Socket T, Intel Motherboard
During testing the motherboard had no problems running, when it comes to overclocking this board reached a very respectable MHz FSB! If you’re new to Overclocking and not sure what to do, check out these two excellent Guides for some pointers: Physically, the board is of the ATX form factor, but it’s not as wide as a full-size ATX motherboard, which means that it should fit easily into a smaller-than-usual case.
It doesn’t have an exorbitant heat-pipe cooling system, nor any beefy heat sinks ga-p31-de3l the chipset and power ga-p31-dd3l, which Gigabyte’s more expensive models often flaunt. However, it does have the dynamic CPU fan control Smart Fan that Gigabyte boards use so effectively, and when this board is running, it keeps the CPU fan at a very low speed, which makes for a very quiet computing experience.
It doesn’t have as many ports as many higher-end models, so it’s best to consider how many drives and peripherals you need to attach before purchasing it.
Intel Core 2 Duo E 2. If you want to transfer video from a camcorder, or if you have an older iPod, you’ll ga-p31ds3l to purchase a PCI expansion card with FireWire ports on it. Please see individual review for more specific test details.