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Gigabyte GA-EP35C-DS3R


$170.00 Released January, 2010

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Supports both DDR2 and DDR3 RAM--a very rare feature. Dynamic Energy Saver does a good job of reducing energy consumption. Above-average number of USB 2.0 ports--plenty of room for USB devices.

The Cons:LGA 775 is pretty much dead at this point. Doesn't automatically detect CPU clock speeds--have to be set manually.

The Gigabyte GA-EP35C-DS3R is a midrange, socket 775 ATX motherboard designed for Intel Core 2, Pentium, and Celeron processors. It supports both DDR2 (1200/1066MHz ) and DDR3 (1333-OC/1066Mhz) memory modules, eight SATA drives in addition to RAID (see features), Gigabit LAN, high-definition audio, USB 2.0 (12), and eSATA support via two internal SATA connections.

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There is however no FireWire; plus a single PCI Express x16 slot means no ATI CrossFire. There are however three PCI Express x1 slots for sound cards, whatnot. The big feature on this board is Dynamic Energy Saver, a unique interface that lets users monitor CPU power consummation and then reduce it (like an underclocking ability).

Features

  • ATX Form Factor
  • LGA 775 Socket
  • Intel Core 2 Duo, Quad, Extreme
  • Intel Pentium Extreme, D, 4 Extreme, 4
  • Intel Celeron
  • Intel G35 NorthBridge
  • Intel ICH9R South Bridge
  • Two DDR3 slots (4GB Total)
  • Four DDR2 Slots (8GB Total)
  • Intel G41 Integrated Graphics
  • D-Sub Connectivity
  • High-Definition Audio
  • 2/4/5.1/7.1-Channel Audio
  • S/PDIF In/Out
  • Gigabit LAN
  • PCI Express x16 (1)
  • PCI Express x1 (3)
  • PCI (3)
  • SATA 3Gb/s (6)
  • eSATA (Internal)
  • RAID 0, 1, 5, 10
  • USB 2.0 (12)
  • Windows Vista/XP

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Pros
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    Supports both DDR2 and DDR3 RAM--a very rare feature.

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    Dynamic Energy Saver does a good job of reducing energy consumption.

  • 1

    Above-average number of USB 2.0 ports--plenty of room for USB devices.

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    Good layout--components are well-spaced with little chance of even a larger graphics card getting in the way of anything.

  • 1

    ALC889A 7.1-channel sound card offers excellent audio support for an integrated card (106 dB Signal-to-Noise ratio, 2 channels of independent stereo output).

Cons
  • 1

    LGA 775 is pretty much dead at this point.

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    Doesn't automatically detect CPU clock speeds--have to be set manually.

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