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

 

A big green sticker shouts out Gigabyte’s effort in providing good power and
stability for this motherboard:

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

All Capacitors onboard are Conductive Polymer Aluminum Solid Capacitors

 

The x16 PCIE slot for your graphics card:

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

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

The PCIE x16 slot is situated between 3 PCIE 1x slot, 1 above it and 2 below
it. And thereafter, you’ve got 3 PCI expansion slots. You also see that the BIOS
battery is situated right below the PCIE x16 slot and the CMOS reset switch is
right on top of the battery, with which you short out with a screwdriver should
you wish to reset the CMOS settings to it’s default. Beside the BIOS battery is
the ICS clock generator.

The ICH8 Southbridge is located at the bottom right of the PCIE slot, with a
small heatsink over it. It does get rather warm during operation but definitely
holds fine with just a passive heatsink.

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

6 SATA connectors lie right below and beside the Southbridge. You also have
the IDE connector in the same area.

 

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

The Realtek ALC883 8 Channel HD Audio Codec, not WLP 3.0 Compliant.

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

Marvel 8053 PCI-Express Gigabit LAN Controller

 

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

Over at the rear I/O panel, you have your PS/2 keyboard and mouse ports, a
SPDIF Out connection (coaxial+optical), a parallel port, 4 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports,
a serial port, a RJ-45 port and 6 x audio jacks (Line In / Line Out / MIC
In/Surround Speaker Out (Rear Speaker Out)/Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out/Side
Speaker Out).