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Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 Intel P965 Motherboard Review

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Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: Gigabyte
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Introduction and Specifications

Introduction


The Intel P965 chipset is quickly gaining ground as the top choice for Core 2 processor buyers due to its strong performance as well as lower prices.  Just a week or so ago, we reviewed the Asus P5B Deluxe motherboard that uses this same chipset; and you'll see it in our comparisons here.  The Gigabyte GA-P965-DS3 motherboard is a very basic solution, lacking a lot of the features we have seen in other products, but makes up for it in pricing. 


The DS3 has much to offer possible Intel Core 2 Duo buyers, even without a huge feature list.


Specifications (from Gigabyte-USA.com)



































Processor

  1. LGA775 Intel Core™ 2 Extreme/ Intel Core™ 2 Duo processor*
  2. Supports 1066/800/533 MHz FSB
Chipset

  1. Northbridge: Intel® P965 Express Chipset
  2. Southbridge: Intel® ICH8
  3. Marvel 8053 Gigabit LAN Controller
  4. GIGABYTE SATAII controller
  5. Realtek ALC883 8 Channel Audio Codec
Memory

  1. Supports DDR2 800/667/533 memory
  2. Dual Channel architecture support up to 8GB by 4 DIMM slots
Expansion Slots

  1. 1 x PCI Express X16 slot
  2. 3 x PCI Express X1 slot
  3. 3 x PCI slots
Form Factor

  1. ATX form factor, 305 x 210mm
Internal I/O Connectors

  1. 1 x 24-pin ATX power
  2. 1 x 4-pin ATX 12V power connector
  3. 1 x floppy connector
  4. 1 x IDE connector
  5. 6 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors
  6. 1 x CPU fan connector
  7. 1 x system fan connector
  8. 1 x front panel connector
  9. 1 x front audio connector
  10. 1 x CD In connector
  11. 3 x USB 2.0/1.1 connectors for additional 6 ports by cables
  12. 1 x SPDIF In connector
  13. 1 x power LED connector
Rear Panel I/O

  1. 1 x PS/2 keyboard port
  2. 1 x PS/2 mouse port
  3. 1 x SPDIF Out connection (coaxial+optical)
  4. 1 x parallel port
  5. 4 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
  6. 1 x serial port (COMA)
  7. 1 x RJ-45 port
  8. 6 x audio jacks (Line In / Line Out / MIC In/Surround Speaker Out (Rear Speaker Out)/Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out/Side Speaker Out)
H/W Monitoring

  1. System voltage detection
  2. CPU / System temperature detection
  3. CPU / System fan speed detection
  4. CPU warning temperature
  5. CPU / System fan failure warning
  6. CPU Smart Fan Control
Other Features

  1. Supports RAID 0, 1, JBOD (GIGABYTE SATA 2)
  2. Supports @BIOS
  3. Supports Download Center
  4. Supports Q-Flash
  5. Supports EasyTune 5
  6. Supports Xpress Install
  7. Supports Xpress Recovery2
  8. Supports Vertual DualBIOS