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Gigabyte GA-P31-DS3L Intel P31 Express Motherboard Review
Gigabyte GA-P31-DS3L Intel P31 Express Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
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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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
Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 (Intel X38 Express) 525
Biostar TP35D3-A7 Deluxe (Intel P35 Express/DDR3)*


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
Gigabyte GA-P31-DS3L (Intel P31 Express) 463
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
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.
* - Tested with Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 (2.67 GHz) and 2GB Corsair Twin3X2048-1800C7D DDR3 memory.
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 Gigabyte GA-P31-DS3L is surrounded by some pretty good company wouldn't you say? Pretty much every motherboard around it costs twice as much though....

The Intel P31 Express, a great entry level chipset!

What do you think of when someone talks about a budget motherboard? Lack of upgradability and low performance? Gigabyte wipes those old stereotypes away with its GA-P31-DS3L motherboard.

Based on Intel's entry P31 Express chipset this little board retails for $80 CDN ($83 USD, £40 GBP) but don't let that fool you. This motherboard rocks for the right applications - office and internet!

On paper the difference between the Intel P35 Express and P31 Express chipsets is small. No 1333 MHz FSB support (officially anyway) and DDR2-800 memory only. The P31 Express also comes with the older Intel ICH7 Southbridge instead of the modern ICH9.

The Gigabyte GA-P31-DS3L motherboard only comes with a Gigabit network card and 7.1 channel High Definition Azalia audio integrated. If you need more there are three PCI Express x1 and three 32 bit PCI slots for your expansion needs. The GA-P31-DS3L is refreshingly small and easy to work with.

Of course where the Gigabyte GA-P31-DS3L really impresses is the benchmark results, the little motherboard absolutely kicks butt! The workstation style tests like SYSMark2004, PC Worldbench 5 and Super Pi put the budget motherboard in excellent company. It often performed as fast as Intel P35 Express motherboards and that's pretty good!

We thought the lower operating memory frequency would be a major handicap for the Gigabyte GA-P31-DS3L but it looks like DDR2-800 memory is still plenty fast for games.

3DMark06, Doom 3, FarCry and Quake 4 all put the Gigabyte GA-P31-DS3L near the top! That's amazing when you consider the other motherboards tested are two to three times more expensive!

Officially the Intel P31 Express chipset does not support the 1333 MHz FSB but Gigabyte has certified the GA-P31-DS3L motherboard for that speed. During testing the motherboard had no problems running, when it comes to overclocking this board reached a very respectable 463 MHz FSB! Not bad for a budget motherboard eh...

If you need a low cost motherboard make sure you check out the Gigabyte GA-P31-DS3L. Be it workstation or gaming, this motherboard delivers big time for a low price, you can't get better than that!

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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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