Released January, 2010
The Pros:Plenty of PCI/PCI-E slots which are well spaced, allowing components to run cooler. Great overclocking performance--stays cool and consistent even with multiple overclocked core components.
The Cons:Inconsistent RAM performance--doesn't handle 1066/1333MHz RAM very well. Limited RAM--only supports up to 4GB of DDR2. No built-in graphical support.
The Gigabyte GA-P31-ES3G is a chipset-based motherboard that supports Intel Core 2 multi-core and 45nm processors. It features Gigabyte's Easy Energy Saver, has an All-Solid Capacitator, a Ferrite Core Choke for CPU VRM, and has DualBIOS protection.
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The GA-P31-ES3G features the Easy Energy Saver, which automatically adjusts CPU power depending on the workload, for effieciency. The All-Solid Capacitator made of conductive polymer aluminum for electrical conductivity and heat resistance. The Ferrite Core Choke for CPU VRM combats loss of power, as it has the ability to hold power better than models with an iron core. This model also features DualBIOS protection, which is able to automatically recover BIOS data, if it is lost during a system crash.
Model upgrades from the GA-P31-DS3L model include the Ferrite Core Choke, patented DualBIOS protection, as well as Gigabyte's Easy Energy Saver feature.
- chipset-based motherboard
- supports Intel Core 2 Extreme processor/ Intel Core 2 Quad processor/ Intel Core 2 Duo processor/ Intel Pentium processor Extreme Edition/Intel Pentium D processor/ Intel Pentium 4 processor Extreme Edition/Intel Pentium 4 processor/ Intel Celeron processors
- front side bus: 1600(O.C.)/1333/1066/800 MHz FSB
- Intel P31/G31 Express and Intel ICH7 chipsets
- Easy Energy Saver
- All-Solid Capacitator
- Ferrite Core Choke for CPU VRM
- DualBIOS protection
- Dual Channel DDR2 1066
- RoHS compliant
User Reviews (2)
Plenty of PCI/PCI-E slots which are well spaced, allowing components to run cooler.
Great overclocking performance--stays cool and consistent even with multiple overclocked core components.
Inconsistent RAM performance--doesn't handle 1066/1333MHz RAM very well.
Limited RAM--only supports up to 4GB of DDR2.
No built-in graphical support.
Severely outdated--there are plenty of modern, better options available for similar prices at this point.
Narrow design may cause trouble with fitting components properly in some cases.
Doesn't allow you to control the system fan, only the CPU fan, without an external application of some sort.
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