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Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3
Written by Gizmo   
Wednesday, 21 February 2007 20:32
(Image courtesy of Nordic Hardware)

Gigabyte is a brand stands in the shadows of many other manufacturers, which we think is a shame. More competition benefits the consumers of course, but Gigabyte's current lineup of Conroe motherboards deserves more attention.

Read the full review at Nordic Hardware:

Ever since Intel's introduction of the Core 2 series of CPUs it has reclaimed its position on the great throne of processing performance from AMD, and at the same time it doesn't even have to cost that much. No one who is up to date can have missed the Core 2 series and its performances around the world in the hands of enthusiasts and even though the choice of CPU might be crystal clear for many, you have to think harder about which motherboard you might want to pick.

Today, we are looking at four "more" high end chipsets supporting Allendale/Conroe/Kentsfield; these are Intel's own 965P and 975X, ATI's RD600 and NVIDIA's 680i. The three latter comes with a big drawback though; they far from cheap.

Think of it like this. You're in a situation where you're aiming at an Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 or E4300 CPU and you have a budget of about $150 to spend on a motherboard. Of course you're looking to get the best one available for this kind of money. You look around at several retailers, just to realize that there are more or less only boards with the 965P chipset available. Then it all takes a turn for the worse; which one of all these should you choose? We hope to find out if Gigabyte's competitor, the GA-965P-DS3 is up to the challenge, and we're not determining whether it's good or not by measuring USB and Ethernet performances. It's all from the enthusiast's point of view.

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