63 Gigabyte P35 DS3R Intel Bearlake Review

The Intel BearLake chipset, also known as P35, is about to dawn upon us. We already see boards starting to pack the retail shelves. It is a mid-range chipset solution to replace the 965P chipset, with support for both DDR2 and DDR3 Memory. DDR3 Memory is still expensive, and there are even boards out that will support both RAMs to make the transition a lot less expensive at one shot. Today, we take a look at the Gigabyte P35-DS3R motherboard… one that I snuck from a retail outlet! I was pleasantly surprised at it’s overclocking in particular…

The Intel BearLake chipset, also known as P35, is about to dawn upon us. We
already see boards starting to pack the retail shelves. It is a mid-range
chipset solution to replace the 965P chipset, with support for both DDR2 and
DDR3 Memory. DDR3 Memory is still expensive, and there are even boards out that
will support both RAMs to make the transition a lot less expensive at one shot.
Today, we take a look at the Gigabyte P35-DS3R motherboard… one that I snuck
from a retail outlet!

17 Gigabyte P35 DS3R Intel Bearlake Review

16 Gigabyte P35 DS3R Intel Bearlake Review

Now, bear in mind that the DS3 series is the value-for-money
level set by Gigabyte to capture the mass consumer market. As such, we do not
see the fancy heat-pipes and dual PCIE slots we see on the DS4 and DQ6 series,
which are more catered for the enthusiasts market.

Specification
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
Chipset
  1. Northbridge: Intel® P35 Express Chipset
  2. Southbridge: Intel® ICH9R
  3. Gigabit Lan Controller
  4. 8 Channels ALC889A Audio controller
Memory
  1. Supports DDR2 1066*/800/667/533 memory
  2. Dual Channel architecture supports up to 8GB by 4 DIMM slots
Expansion Slots
  1. 1 PCI Express X16 slot
  2. 3 PCI Express X1 slots
  3. 3 PCI slots
Form Factor
  1. ATX form factor, 305 x 210mm
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)
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
Unique Features
  1. Ultra Durable 2 Motherboard
  2. All Japanese manufactured solid
  3. Over-clocking Enhanced