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GA-PS3G (rev. ) | Motherboard – GIGABYTE Global
If that describes you, a motherboard built on the Intel P31 Express can save a bundle. If you’re on a budget, this can help you build a very lean computer.
However, it does have the dynamic CPU fan control Smart Fan that Gigabyte boards use so effectively, and when this board is running, it keeps the CPU fan at a very low speed, which makes for a very quiet computing experience.
It’s a mainstream motherboard that’s based on Intel’s P31 chipset, which isn’t as extravagant as the P35 chipset. If you’re not sure what a given socket is for during installation, look on the PCB and you’ll find the answer. Those of you looking to get ba out of your CPU can tinker with the BIOS’s front side bus speed, which can be adjusted in 1MHz increments, and the memory speed can also be set to run at various ratios of the front side bus speed so the memory doesn’t need to run at MHz. Membership is free, and your security and figabyte remain protected.
It doesn’t have as many ports as many higher-end models, so it’s best to consider how many drives and peripherals you need to attach before purchasing it. The simple truth is Intel’s P35 Express chipset rocks. 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 P13 can afford. It offers excellent performance, rock solid stability, a load of features and is priced aggressively to boot.
That should be enough to expansion to cover typical PC requirements. Sign in with LinkedIn Sign in with Facebook.
GA-PDS3L (rev. 1.x) | Motherboard – GIGABYTE Global
The graphics card slot doesn’t impede the memory slot levers, so you can install new memory modules without having to remove the graphics card first, plus the SATA ports are located just behind the PCI slots.
If you want to transfer video from a camcorder, or if you have an older iPod, you’ll have to purchase a PCI expansion card with FireWire ports on it. In the box it’s nothing the bare basics.
Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more. Windows Vista found all the motherboard’s components, so we didn’t even have to use the supplied driver disc. Integrated items include Gigabit networking, 7. If you’d like to learn about the benefits of Gigabyte’s Ultra Durable 2 solid capacitors, have a read here.
Because of the small size of the motherboard though, the layout of devices is very tight so you’ll have to be creative routing cables. Gigabyte passively cools the Intel P31 Express and ICH7 chipsets, note both get fairly warm so maintain good airflow in your computer case to avoid problems down the road. Using the X38 chipset and an identical configuration, it’s only three points lower than what a top of the range board can achieve.
I need power and lots of it.
Gigabyte GA-P31-DS3L – motherboard – ATX – LGA775 Socket – P31
This is a particularly good score, which keeps up well against Pbased boards using the same configuration. If Gigabyte is extending solid capacitors to all motherboard segments that is especially good news for consumers. Physically, the board is of the ATX form factor, but it’s not as wide as a full-size ATX motherboard, which means that it should fit easily into a smaller-than-usual case.
One IDE port is present, for a DVD burner or an older hard drive, and a floppy port, which is located on the bottom edge of the board, appears to have been included as an afterthought.