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Gigabyte GA-P31-DS3L Intel P31 Express Motherboard Review

Gigabyte GA-P31-DS3L Intel P31 Express Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Mainstream users really can't hope for much more, but if you're looking to build a low cost entry level computer I'll bet you want something a little cheaper than P35 can afford. Well just your luck, Intel has released a stripped down iteration of the P35 called the P31 Express chipset.
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External Mfg. Website: Gigabyte Nov 02 2007   Colin Sun  
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Gigabyte GA-P31-DS3L Motherboard highlights


Here is a good shot of the expansion options in the Gigabyte GA-P31-DS3L motherboard. There are three PCI Express x1 slots (in black), the PCI Express x16 slot and three 32 bit PCI slots for the older expansion hardware. Below the last PCI slot is the floppy drive connector, too bad GIgabyte couldn't have moved it elsewhere.


There is a good amount of space in front of the PCI Express x16 connector so if a videocard with a dual slot cooler is installed, the PCI slot will still be usable.


At the bottom right hand corner of the Gigabyte GA-P31-DS3L motherboard we find the four Serial ATA II ports and IDE connector. Just below are the USB headers (in yellow) and the front panel I/O header. There's a PWM four pin fan header to the right of the memory slots and the Intel ICH7 Southbridge is cooled with a small passive aluminum heatsink.


There are the four DDR2 memory slots and the motherboard can accept a total of 4GB of DDR2-800/667 memory. Install the memory in the same coloured slots to enable dual channel memory support. The main 24 pin ATX connector is located to the right of the memory slots which helps keep that big cable away from other devices.


There's a fair amount of space around the LGA775 Intel CPU socket so why not install a big quiet heatsink like the Zalman CNPS9700LED? The Gigabyte GA-P31-DS3L motherboard supports all current and upcoming Intel Core 2 Duo/Quad processors including the 45nm models.

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Contents of Article: Gigabyte GA-P31-DS3L
 Pg 1.  Gigabyte GA-P31-DS3L Intel P31 Express Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  — Gigabyte GA-P31-DS3L Motherboard highlights
 Pg 3.  Intel P31 Express Chipset
 Pg 4.  Overclocking the the budget platform
 Pg 5.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Sysmark 2004
 Pg 6.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Sysmark 2004 Continued
 Pg 7.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PC Worldbench (Graphics)
 Pg 8.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PC Worldbench (Office)
 Pg 9.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PC Worldbench (Data Crunching)
 Pg 10.  Motherboard Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra, Super Pi
 Pg 11.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PCMark05
 Pg 12.  Motherboard Benchmarks: 3DMark05, 3DMark06
 Pg 13.  Motherboard Benchmarks: FarCry, Doom 3., Quake 4
 Pg 14.  PCSTATS Maximum Motherboard Overclocking Chart & Conclusions

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