Gigabyte GA 965P DS3 Core 2 Motherboard (Pencil Mods)

40 Gigabyte GA 965P DS3 Core 2 Motherboard (Pencil Mods)

It seems that just about everyone is mad about a Core 2 Duo. With that lust, it brings forth the search for a good motherboard which is an inevitable upgrade chore with the two main criteria being, Good and reasonably priced. I have to admit that I did not pay much attention to the Gigabyte GA 965P-DS3 at first. However, reading through many forums, it seems that the DS3 was getting very
good feedback from users and this got my curiousity perked so I decided to find out for myself…

"Conroe", "Allendale", "Core 2 Duo", "965P", "ICH8"… these are probably part of the vocabulary you snip off dialogues between your neighbourhood geeks. It just seems that just about everyone is mad about a Core 2 Duo. With that lust, it brings forth the search for a good motherboard which is an inevitable upgrade chore with the two main criteria being, Good and reasonably priced. I have to admit that I did not pay much attention to the Gigabyte GA 965P-DS3 at first, being more drawn to it’s "bigger brothers", the GA 965P DS4 and DQ6. However, reading through many forums, it seems that the DS3 was getting very good feedback from users and this got my curiousity perked so I decided to find out for myself…

2 Gigabyte GA 965P DS3 Core 2 Motherboard (Pencil Mods)

First let us take a look at the specs of this motherboard:

arrow down deepgray 7x7 Gigabyte GA 965P DS3 Core 2 Motherboard (Pencil Mods) Specification

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

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