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Getting ready for Vista, you are going to need good hardware. I have long been a fan of  PCStats hardware reviews… so without further ado,,,

The future for Intel ’s P965 chipset is a bright one, particularly with Core 2 Duo processors finally rolling out the door (actually, physically so). Aside from PCI Express x16 videocard support, the Intel P965 chipset leads with a 1066 MHz front side bus, a new 12.8GB/s ‘Fast Memory Access’ memory controller, and a few other technologies we’ll touch upon momentarily. Released in tandem with the Intel 975 chipset, the more economical 965 core logic is likely to be the real favourite of the show with most consumers.

As PCSTATS embarks upon the review you’ve come for, the Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 motherboard, it’s worthwhile to note that little has changed since Asus and Gigabyte merged. Both Gigabyte and ASUS will maintain separate product lines, but the motherboard manufacturer is now among the largest in the world. The only direct competition left comes from the industry behemoth Foxconn, which aside from its own brand of motherboards figures into just about every single motherboard produced at some level…. but that’s another story.

Gigabyte’s GA-965P-DS3 motherboard offers a good mix of performance and value for the Intel Pentium D or Core 2 Duo microprocessor. The board itself retails for a reasonable price of $156 CDN ($140 US, £75 GBP) with scant little in terms of bundled in accessories. The GA-965P-DS3 is made for Intel’s remarkably proficient Core 2 Duo processor series, and for the purposes of this review PCSTATS will be testing it with an Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 CPU - the sweetheart of the bunch for its 2.4GHz clock speed and 4MB of L2 Cache.

Featuring Intel’s P965 Express northbridge and ICH8 southbridge chipsets, the Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 motherboard supports all Socket 775 processors from the flagship Core 2 Duo/Extreme to the Pentium D/4 and Celeron D. Either 1006MHz Front Side Bus or 800MHz FSB is the number to remember, but it will also accept 533MHz FSB chips if you’re really strapped for a chip. The ATX motherboard’s four DDR2 memory slots accommodate a maximum of 8GB of DDR2-533/667/800 RAM, and unofficially at least it also works with DDR2-1066 memory modules. There are a few integrated devices outside of the standard collection associated with the P965 Express chipset; such as an IDE controller, 7.1 channel Azalia High Definition Audio and a 10/1000 Gigabit network card.

The rest of the story is at PCStats

 

 


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