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ECS G33T-M2 Intel G33 Express Motherboard Review

ECS G33T-M2 Intel G33 Express Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The ECS G33T-M2 motherboard is based on Intel's news integrated graphics chipset, the G33 Express, and like the Intel P35 Express makes an awesome duo when paired with a dual core Intel Core 2 Duo processor.
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External Mfg. Website: ECS Jul 12 2007   Colin Sun  
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PCSTATS Maximum Motherboard Overclocking Chart & Conclusions

Overclocking is alive and well! PCSTATS has all the details you need to see at a glance to know which board is best. The chart we've compiled below lists the highest overclocked Front Side Bus speeds we were able to achieve while maintaining 100% stability.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportMaximum Intel Motherboard Overclocking Results
Motherboards Max FSB
(MHz)
Ranking
MSI P35 Platinum (Intel P35 Express) 504
Gigabyte GA-P35-DQ6 (Intel P35 Express) 482
Asus P5N32-E SLI Plus (nVIDIA nForce 650i SLI) 472
ECS PN2 SLI2+ (nVIDIA nForce 680i SLI) 450
MSI P6N SLI Platinum (nVIDIA nForce 650i SLI) 435
Abit AB9 Pro (Intel P965 Express) 420
Asus P5B Deluxe/WiFi-AP (Intel P965 Express) 420
ECS NF650iSLIT-A (nVIDIA nForce 650i SLI) 412
Asus P5N32-SLI Premium (nVIDIA nForce 590i SLI) 410
Gigabyte GA-965P-DQ6 (Intel P965 Express) 406
Asus P5B-E (Intel P965 Express) 406
Asus P5W64 WS Professional (Intel 975X Express) 400
Abit AW9D-MAX (Intel 975X Express) 385
MSI P965 Platinum (Intel P965 Express) 375
Foxconn 975X7AB-8EKRS2H (Intel 975X Express) 368
MSI 975X Platinum (Intel 975X Express) 360
Foxconn P9657AA-8KS2H (Intel P965 Express) 352
Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 (Intel P965 Express) 352
ECS PN1 SLI2 (nVIDIA nForce 590i SLI) 350
Epox EP-5P945 Pro (Intel 945 Express) 350
Biostar Tforce P965 Deluxe (Intel P965 Express) 341
Biostar P4M890-M7 (VIA P4M890) 336
ECS G33T-M2 (Intel G33 Express) 335
Foxconn G9657MA-8KS2H (Intel G965 Express) 333
Gigabyte GA-945PL-S3 (Intel 945PL Express) 255
Typical Test System Specifications: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 (2.4 GHz), 2GB Corsair Twin2X2048-8888C4DF DDR2 Memory, MSI NX7800GTX-T2D256E. Please see individual review for more specific test details.
If you're new to Overclocking and not sure what to do, check out these two excellent Guides for some pointers:Overclocking the CPU and Memory, Overclocking the Videocard

The ECS G33T-M2 motherboard overclocks to a pretty unimpressive 335MHz Front Side Bus.

Does the Intel G33 Express Impress?

In terms of integrated video motherboards, for Intel or AMD, the performance difference between chipsets is almost negligible these days. The scales tip in the Intel G33 Express's favor because the Intel Core 2 Duo processor is faster than AMD's Athlon64 series. The ECS G33T-M2 motherboard is a good simple mainstream platform for 2D tasks, like regular office work, surfing the web and the like. The onboard Intel GMA X3100 handles 2D applications just fine, and can be used with Windows Vista Aeroglass because it's compliant with DirectX 9.0C.

In the benchmarks we saw that the ECS G33T-M2 motherboard's integrated video outperformed the nVIDIA GeForce 7050PV and AMD 690G, largely because the Intel Core 2 Duo processor is more powerful than the Socket AM2 AMD Athlon64 X2 5000+. The chipset itself is a weaker integrated videocard than the either nVIDIA or AMD solution however.

When it comes to 3D games the ECS G33T-M2 motherboard performs faster as long as you have a quick CPU to use. If you want to do gaming the Intel G33 Express gives you similar performance to the nVIDIA GeFOrce 7050V and AMD 690G. With a PCI Express x16 videocard is installed the G33 Express has the advantage of being backed by a Core 2 Duo processor.

The ECS G33T-M2 motherboard is as about as future ready as you can get, supporting Intel's upcoming 45nm CPUs, as well as 1333 MHz Front Side Bus (FSB). The board is DDR2 only, most motherboard makers are only releasing one or two models with DDR3 capability as DDR3 RAM is not expected to really take off until mid 2008.

The ECS G33T-M2 motherboard handles itself well in 2D applications, making it as fast as other Intel Core 2 Duo platforms. If you're a gamer the GMA X3100 integrated video is simply not enough, you'll need to get yourself a PCI Express x16 videocard for sure. The nVIDIA GeForce 8600GT/GTS is a good place to start. Overclocking was a no show.

With a retail price of $110 CDN ($105 USD, £51 GBP), the ECS G33T-M2 is an economical entry level motherboard with integrated video and almost all the ports and connectors a typical SOHO user will need. There's not much fluff here, so the G33T-M2 is really just the basis for good workstation PC.

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Contents of Article: ECS G33T-M2
 Pg 1.  ECS G33T-M2 Intel G33 Express Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  The Intel G33 Express Chipset
 Pg 3.  The Intel GMA X3100 Videocard
 Pg 4.  ECS G33T-M2 Motherboard Highlights
 Pg 5.  Overclocking Intel's P35 chipset
 Pg 6.  Motherboard Benchmarks: SYSmark 2007 Preview, SiSoft Sandra XIb
 Pg 7.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PCMark05, 3DMark06
 Pg 8.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Doom 3, FEAR
 Pg 9.  — PCSTATS Maximum Motherboard Overclocking Chart & Conclusions

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