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Gigabyte GA-945PL-S3 945PL Express Motherboard Review

Gigabyte GA-945PL-S3 945PL Express Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The Gigabyte GA-945PL-S3 motherboard is an affordable Intel platform of complementary technologies for consumers on a budget. Best suited to the upcoming Conroe-L Celeron processor.
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Intel 945PL Express Good for Core 2 Duo?

The Gigabyte GA-945PL-S3 motherboard PCSTATS tested today retails for about $98 CDN ($80 US/£40 GBP), making it a very inexpensive platform for mainstream and value-oriented users. Built on the passively cooled Intel 945PL Express and Intel ICH7 chipsets, the GA-945PL-S3 has a basic feature set and a nice collection of expansion options. It's a good no-frills kind of motherboard, and especially well suited for the upcoming 'Conroe-L' based Celeron processor which operates at a 800MHz Front Side Bus speed.

The Intel 945PL chipset just bogged down the Core 2 Duo down with its 800MHZ FSB limitation. Clearly, fast chips like to have enough bandwidth, and running a nice quick Core 2 Duo 600MHz slower than its default speed is counter productive.

When equipped with a good mid-level videocard the Gigabyte GA-945PL-S3 is more than adequate for 2D applications and desktop programs. If you primarily use your computer for work; surfing the 'net, sending email, using Microsoft Office and similar Windows XP/Vista based applications it will handle the tasks well enough. Game handling is good, but seriously capped by the 945PL Express' 800MHz FSB limitation...

With the ability to run a maximum of 2GB of DDR2-533/400 memory, the GA-945PL-S3 is not exactly built for upgrading at a later date. Install the full 2GB of memory the first time around, Windows Vista demands at least this much.

All in all, PCSTATS found the Gigabyte GA-945PL-S3 to be a well paced mainstream motherboard when it comes to office oriented applications and productivity software. Compared to P965 Express based motherboards in benchmarks like SYSMark2004 or Business Winstone 2004, the Gigabyte GA-945PL-S3 motherboard stands up satisfactorily. It is certainly not as fast as boards based on the P965 chipset, because the Core 2 Duo processor we used for testing natively runs with a 1066MHz FSB, while the Intel 954PL can support no more than a 800MHz front side bus.

That makes the Gigabyte GA-945PL-S3 an appropriate budget board for mainstream applications, ideally with a Conroe-L Celeron processor and not the Core 2 Duo. If cost is your primary concern, you'll find the Gigabyte GA-945PL-S3 worth the low price tag.

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Contents of Article: Gigabyte GA-945PL-S3
 Pg 1.  Gigabyte GA-945PL-S3 945PL Express Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Intel 945PL Express and ICH7 Chipsets
 Pg 3.  Gigabyte GA-945PL-S3 Motherboard Highlights Gallery
 Pg 4.  Overclocking a 945PL Board with Conroe
 Pg 5.  Test System Specs and Sysmark 2004 Benchmarks
 Pg 6.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Office Productivity, SiSoft Sandra
 Pg 7.  Motherboard Benchmarks: SuperPi, PCMark05
 Pg 8.  Motherboard Benchmarks: 3DMark05, 3DMark06
 Pg 9.  Motherboard Benchmarks: FarCry, Doom 3, Quake 4
 Pg 10.  — Intel 945PL Express Good for Core 2 Duo?

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