The Gigabyte P35-DS3R Motherboard Review

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Test Setup

Test Platform:

Test Platform



Live Pricing


Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 (2.4ghz)



Gigabyte P35-DS3R

Gigabyte GA-965P DQ6 rev 3.3

eVGA 650i Ultra 

DFI LanParty UT ICFX3200

EVGA 680i SLI 775 A1

Foxconn 975X7AB

ECS PN2 SLI2+ Extreme

Asus P5N-E SLI

Video Card



Corsair C6400C4 2 GB kit

Hard Drive

Western Digital 250GB, 16mb Cache


Corsair Nautilus

Power Supply

PC Power & Cooling 750

Operating System

Windows XP Professional w/SP2





All tests were run using a clean install of Windows XP Professional with SP2. For our stock speed tests, we ran everything at default timings for the CPU.  Our stock speed testing used Corsair DDR2 C6400C4 2 GB kit at 1.9 vDimm  at DDR2 800.  Timings for our overclocking were left 4-4-4-12 and 1.9v, but the ram divider was set to the lowest possible to take any ram issues out of the CPU overclocking.  For the P35-DS3R board, we had to raised the timings to 5-5-5-18 and set the vdimm to 2.4 to be able to run the ram at over ddr1000 speeds. Vcore is set at 1.5v (actual) for overclocking.  The video card was left at default timings as well for all tests.  For this review, stability was determined by running our battery of tests, plus the ability to complete a SuperPi 32mb test run.

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