The Gigabyte P35-DS3R Motherboard Review

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Introduction

The Gigabyte P32-DS3R Motherboard Retail Box

Gigabyte has been on a win streak as of late.  Their latest 965 chipset boards are great performers and overclock to no end, bringing the tried and true Intel chipset to the performance level that enthusiasts are looking for.  They even decided to fine tune an already great performing board with the release of the 965P-DQ6 v 3.3 that we reviewed here at Legit a couple weeks ago.  So where does a company go once they tweak every ounce of performance possible from a chipset?  Why, a new chipset of course!  Today, Legit wants to introduce to you the Gigabyte P35-DS3R motherboard, which sports the new Intel P35 chipset.  Will this board be a worthy board to replace the legendary 965 boards by Gigabyte?  We will see as we take a closer look!  First off,let’s look at the specs of the board…

 Specification
BIOS
  1. Supports Virtual DualBIOS
  2. 1 x 8 Mbit flash
  3. Use of licensed AWARD BIOS
  4. PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.0, SM BIOS 2.3, ACPI 1.0b
Chipset
  1. Northbridge: Intel® P35 Express Chipset
  2. Southbridge: Intel® ICH9R
  3. Gigabit Lan Controller
  4. 8 Channels ALC889A Audio controller
Processor
  1. Supports Intel® Core™2 Extreme Quad-Core / Core™2 Duo / Intel® Pentium® Extreme/ Intel® Pentium® D processors
  2. Supports1333/1066/800 MHz FSB
Internal I/O Connectors
  1. 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
  2. 1 x 4-pin ATX 12V power connector
  3. 1 x floppy disk drive connector
  4. 1 x IDE connector
  5. 8 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors
  6. 1 x CPU fan header
  7. 2 x system fan headers
  8. 1 x power fan header
  9. 1 x front panel header
  10. 1 x front panel audio header
  11. 1 x CD In connector
  12. 1 x S/PDIF In header
  13. 4 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers
  14. 1 x chassis intrusion header
  15. 1 x power LED header
Rear Panel I/O
  1. 1 x PS/2 keyboard port
  2. 1 x PS/2 mouse port
  3. 1 x parallel port
  4. 1 x coaxial S/PDIF Out connector
  5. 1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector
  6. 1 x serial port
  7. 4 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
  8. 1 x RJ-45 port
  9. 6 x audio jacks (Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out/Rear Speaker Out/Side Speaker Out/Line In/Line Out/Microphone)
Expansion Slots
  1. 1 PCI Express X16 slot
  2. 3 PCI Express X1 slots
  3. 3 PCI slots
Memory
  1. Supports DDR2 1066*/800/667/533 memory
  2. Dual Channel architecture supports up to 8GB by 4 DIMM slots

* Please refer “Memory Support List” for memory support information.

Form Factor
  1. ATX form factor, 305 x 210mm
Unique Features
  1. Ultra Durable 2 Motherboard
  2. All Japanese manufactured solid
  3. Over-clocking Enhanced

Ok, with all the specs in mind, let’s take a closer look at the new motherboard.

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