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Gigabyte GA-P35-DS4 Intel P35 Express Motherboard Review

Gigabyte GA-P35-DS4 Intel P35 Express Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The Gigabyte GA-P35-DS4 is based around Intel's highly successful P35 Express and ICH9R chipsets. It supports Intel Celeron D, Pentium 4/D/XE and Core 2 Duo/Quad processors running on an 800/1066/1333 MHz FSB.
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Gigabyte GA-P35-DS4 Motherboard Highlights


On the Gigabyte GA-P35-DS4 the three black PCI Express x1 slots are for high bandwidth devices while the two physical PCI Express x16 slots are for videocards. The second orange slot operates internally at PCI Express x4 speeds and can be used with non-videocard devices as well. The two PCI slots are good for those old legacy cards you may have laying around. The Clear CMOS jumper header is to the right of the CMOS battery.


If you opt to run dual AMD videocards in Crossfire be aware that one PCI Express x1 slot will cease to function. Additionally, while the blue PCI Express slot will receive 16 PCIe lanes, the second orange slot will receive just 4 PCIe lanes.


On the bottom right hand corner of the Gigabyte GA-P35-DS4 we find eight Serial ATA II slots (six orange slots from Intel ICH9R Southbridge, two purple from the Gigabyte Serial ATA II controller). Various RAID Modes are supported between them. Next to the Serial ATA slots are four USB headers (in yellow) and at the lower left hand corner of the picture we see the two internal IEEE 1394 headers, and one IDE.


The Gigabyte GA-P35-DS4 has four DDR2 memory slots which can be installed with up to 8GB of DDR2 1066/800/667 MHz memory. Memory can run in a dual channel configuration. The main ATX, floppy and auxiliary power connectors are all located right here.


The Intel P35 Express and ICH9R Southbridge generate quite a bit of heat. Gigabyte cools the chipsets with an elaborate cooling solution called SilentPipe. The Southbridge and Northbridge heatsinks conduct heat through the heatpipes to the heatsinks around the LGA775 CPU socket.


Directly behind the Intel P35 Express and ICH9R Southbridge are heatsinks. When working as intended, this lowers the overall motherboard temperature.

Up next, PCSTATS will try its hand overclocking this Intel P35 'Bearlake" motherboard. This is going to be good... so click "next"!

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Contents of Article: gigabyte GA-P35-DS4
 Pg 1.  Gigabyte GA-P35-DS4 Intel P35 Express Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Stressing Build Quality and Engineering
 Pg 3.  Ultra Durable 2 = better motherboards?
 Pg 4.  — Gigabyte GA-P35-DS4 Motherboard Highlights
 Pg 5.  Overclocking the Gigabyte motherboard
 Pg 6.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Sysmark 2004
 Pg 7.  Motherboard Benchmarks: SYSMark 2004 Continued
 Pg 8.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PC Worldbench (Graphics)
 Pg 9.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PC Worldbench (Office)
 Pg 10.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PC Worldbench (Data Crunching)
 Pg 11.  Motherboard Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra, Super Pi
 Pg 12.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PCMark05
 Pg 13.  Motherboard Benchmarks: 3DMark05, 3DMark06
 Pg 14.  Motherboard Benchmarks: FarCry, Doom 3., Quake 4
 Pg 15.  PCSTATS Maximum Motherboard Overclocking Chart & Conclusions

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