Lack of upgradability and low performance? If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. There are few Pbased motherboards on the market, but as we find out, they are well-deserving of some attention. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Please see individual review for more specific test details.

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It might be a value motherboard, but the slots are plentiful. There are few Pbased motherboards on the market, but as we find out, they are well-deserving of some attention.

So naturally, a month or two after that launch, Intel followed-up with the introduction of the P31 and G31 chipsets for the value-conscious. But even with the downgrades, most people are unlikely to even notice, or care.

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

Instead of the limited 6 USB ports for example, 8 is possible on this board. Page 1 of 2 1 2 Last Jump to page: Indeed, the board itself is smaller than most, and the included extras are also few. If anything, the floppy connection seems to be in an inconvenient location, with the glgabyte needing to stretch across the chassis. Professional, bright and informative.

Neither the P31 or ICH7 chipsets generate much heat, so simple sinks are used. I’ve attached the bios screenshot of the settings I tried, and the CPUz memory timings screen.


Nero Recode, DivX Encoding 5. Using the X38 chipset and an identical configuration, it’s only three points lower than what a top of the range board can achieve. A 3-pin fan connector is found here as well, perfect for a RAM cooler. One IDE tigabyte is present, for a DVD burner or an older hard drive, and a floppy port, which is located on the bottom edge of ;31-ds3l board, appears to have been included as an afterthought.

If you are looking for a solid Intel motherboard and are not picky with features, P31 is a good choice. That’s amazing when you consider the other motherboards tested are two to three times more expensive! Related Articles Here are a few other articles that you might enjoy as well Overclocking is alive and well!

Gigabyte GA-P31-DS3L

Physically, the board is of the ATX form factor, but it’s not as wide as a full-size ATX giabyte, which means gigabyet it should fit easily into a smaller-than-usual case. Sapphire Radeon 1gb. The same goes for the top-end FSB frequency, which Gigabyte bumped up to FSB to match the current 45nm dual and quad core processors.

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.

Up next we will take a look at the boards BIOS and see if it also represents that of a budget offering. If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. Intel Core 2 P311-ds3l E 2. If anyone has any good ideas on any adjustments I can make to get my mobo detecting all 4gb, that would be much appreciated. The first thing I noticed, however, was how light the box was when compared to other offerings.


It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work. The problem, though, was that it was ggabyte for mid-range and high-end motherboards, cutting out the budget offerings entirely.

Gigabyte Technology GA-PDS3L, LGA /Socket T, Intel Motherboard | eBay

The floppy connection is located below all of those, in what could be the most inconvenient location on the board. Hi there, I’ve read this thread: Please report all spam threads, posts and suspicious members.

Even the NIC gigxbyte a Realtek chipset to enable 1Gbit operation, so in the end… this board is not that feature-lacking overall. Lack of upgradability and low performance?

Would you buy this?