With modern cases supporting USB and audio output on the front panel, it would have been nice if Gigabyte had colour coordinated or labeled pin polarity too. Would you buy this? If you’re on a budget, this can help you build a very lean computer. It’s a mainstream motherboard that’s based on Intel’s P31 chipset, which isn’t as extravagant as the P35 chipset. View our privacy policy before signing up. If you’re not sure what a given socket is for during installation, look on the PCB and you’ll find the answer. This is a particularly good score, which keeps up well against Pbased boards using the same configuration.

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Using the X38 chipset and an identical configuration, it’s only three points lower than what a top of the range board can achieve. With modern cases supporting USB and audio output on the front panel, it would have gigabte nice if Gigabyte had colour coordinated or labeled pin polarity too.

Gigabyte GA-PDS3L – motherboard – ATX – LGA Socket – P31 Overview – CNET

That should be enough to expansion to cover typical PC requirements. One IDE port is present, for a DVD burner or an older hard drive, and a floppy port, which is located on the bottom edge of the board, appears to have been included as an afterthought.

Now I’m sure you’re wondering why there is a price difference between the P35 and P31 Express chipsets. Well just your luck, Intel has released a stripped down iteration of the P35 called the P31 Express chipset. Budget motherboards don’t usually get this kind of treatment. Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

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The biggest difference between Sd3l and P31 chipsets really has nothing to do with the Northbridge actually, it’s what Southbridge is bundled. Windows Vista found all the motherboard’s components, so we didn’t even have to use the supplied driver disc. About Us Employment Privacy Policy. If you’d like to learn about the benefits of Gigabyte’s Ultra Durable 2 solid capacitors, have a read here.

View our privacy vs3l before signing up. In the box it’s nothing the bare basics.

Gigabyte Technology GA-P31-DS3L, LGA 775/Socket T, Intel Motherboard

If you’re not sure what a given socket is for during installation, look on the PCB and you’ll find the answer. The simple truth is Intel’s P35 Express chipset rocks. In terms of difficulty, if the GA-PDS3L is the first motherboard you’ve worked on, don’t put that user’s manual away just yet. Integrated items include Gigabit networking, 7.

Those of you looking to get more out of your CPU can tinker with the BIOS’s front side bus speed, which can be adjusted in 1MHz increments, and the memory speed can also be set to run at various ratios of the front side bus speed so the memory doesn’t need to run at MHz.

However, it does have the dynamic CPU fan control Smart Fan that Gigabyte boards use so effectively, and when this board is running, it keeps the CPU fan at a very low speed, which makes for a very quiet computing experience. Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. It’s a mainstream motherboard that’s based on Intel’s P31 chipset, which isn’t as extravagant as the P35 chipset. Because of the small size of the motherboard though, the layout of devices is very tight so you’ll have to be creative routing cables.

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Physically, the board is of the ATX form factor, but it’s not as wide as a full-size ATX motherboard, which means that xs3l should fit easily into a smaller-than-usual case. It doesn’t have as many ports as many higher-end models, so it’s best to consider how many drives and peripherals you need to attach before purchasing it.

If you want to transfer video from a camcorder, or if you have an older iPod, you’ll have to purchase a PCI expansion card with FireWire ports on it. If Gigabyte is extending solid capacitors to all motherboard segments that is especially good news for consumers.

Gigabyte GA-P31-DS3L – motherboard – ATX – LGA775 Socket – P31

It doesn’t have an exorbitant heat-pipe cooling system, nor any beefy heat sinks on the chipset and power circuitry, which Gigabyte’s more expensive models often flaunt. If you’re on a budget, this can help you build a very lean computer.

It offers excellent performance, rock solid stability, gogabyte load of features and is priced aggressively to boot. I had a quick look around CanadaComputers.

The board performed well in our tests. If that describes you, a motherboard built on the Intel P31 Express can save a bundle.

Mainstream users really can’t hope for much more, but if you’re looking to build a low cost entry level computer I’ll bet you want something a little cheaper than P35 can afford. I need power and lots of it.