Gigabyte GA-945PL-S3 Motherboard Highlights Gallery
Gigabyte GA-945PL-S3 motherboard has three 32-bit PCI, three PCI Express
x1 slots and one PCI Express x16 videocard slot (in blue).
The High Definition audio header for the
remaining surround sound channels is just to the left of the PCI Express
x16 connector. The necessary bracket is an optional extra in with this budget board.
'click-connect' SATA II connectors positively lock each SATA cable into
position, reducing the chance of loose cables down the road. The Intel
ICH7 southbridge supports a single IDE channel (two IDE devices). Various
USB and and front panel connectors occupy this corner of the Gigabyte
GA-945PL-S3 motherboard. Neither USB2.0 bracket (in yellow) is
The 24-pin main ATX
power connector is positioned just to the right of the DDR-2 memory slots.
Up to 2GB of DDR2-533/400 memory can be installed on the GA-945PL-S3
motherboard. The CPU heatsink fan header is the 4-pin PWM type. Gigabyte
colour coordinate the four DDR-2 DIMM slots to make it easier for you to
setup dual channel DDR-2 memory in pairs.The 945PL Express chipset is
cooled with a passive aluminum heatsink.
The LGA775 CPU heatsink
and fan make use of a 4-pin Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) fan header that
allows the motherboard BIOS to automatically scale fan speed to match heat
load, so noise is kept to a minimum. The Intel 945PL chipset supports a
800/533MHz Front Side Bus, but 1066MHz FSB Core 2 Duo CPUs can be used -
they just default to the 800MHz FSB and a lower clock speed. Not the ideal
solution, but better than getting locked into buying a Pentium 4 or
Pentium D CPU.
There is sufficient
space next to the PCI Express x16 slot so a videocard can be installed
with dual-slot heatsink, leaving two PCI express x1 connectors still
useable. The CMOS battery and BIOS reset jumper are seen in the
Up next we'll be putting the Gigabyte GA-945PL-S3
motherboard through a couple rounds of gaming and office oriented benchmarks,
but first PCSTATS we toss our hat into the overclocking ring and see where this
motherboard takes us...
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