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GIGABYTE GA-G33M-DS2R LGA 775 Intel G33 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

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  • Intel G33
  • Core 2 Quad / Core 2 Extreme / Core 2 Duo
  • DDR2 1066(OC)/800

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Evan B.
  • 8/15/2014 9:59:54 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsIndestructible

Pros: I've been using this motherboard in my main PC for a little over three years now, maybe three and-a-half. It has been rock-solid stable the entire time, with the exception of those times when I pushed my overclocks a little too far and didn't have enough voltage, that was my fault though and not the board's. What I've run in this board: E4400 at 3GHz, E4700 at 3.6Ghz, E8400 at 3.8GHz, Q6600 at 3GHz. It may be the G33 chipset, which is a limited version of the P35, but it's surprisingly really not bad for overclocking, it's stable most of the time. Also, I'm currently running mine with 4x2GB memory sticks (8GB total) at 1000MHz (1066MHz sticks) and it is able to detect and utilize all of it with no problems. I note that because I've seen some users complain of LGA775 DDR2 motherboards not detecting all memory when 2GB sticks are used and/or system being unstable at frequencies past DDR2-800, mine has neither of those problems though.

Cons: Has terrible voltage Drop (vDrop) and voltage Droop (vDroop). vDrop is the tendency for the board to apply a voltage that is lower than what is selected in the bios at idle, and vDroop is the tendency for the voltage to droop below the "nominal" voltage (the voltage you would see at idle) when a load is applied to the system. For instance, with my board if I apply 1.35v in the bios, I will actually see anywhere between 1.25v and 1.31v in the actual OS with a monitoring program (HWMonitor). Also, chipset had a tendency to run hot, so I had to replace the passive heatsink with an aftermarket one that had a fan for active cooling (just to run at stock speeds). Didn't have any heatsinks for the mosfets/VRM's, so I had to purchase and apply some aftermarket heatsinks myself (not a big deal, it was easy to do). RAM slots are really close to the PCI Express slot, so removing any memory is nigh on impossible unless you remove your graphics card first (if you have one in place). Only two fan headers. Not nearly enough, especially when I have 9-11 fans in my case (big case). I know being a mATX form factor they can't fit as many components on the board, but I was hoping for at least three fan headers.

Other Thoughts: Really a decent board if you make a few minor upgrades to cool it better (heatsinks). Overall, I've had a very good experience with the board, but I'm looking to upgrade to a newer platform soon as CPU's have advanced far beyond what LGA775 can offer in terms of performance. Don't know what brand I'll go with for my next board, but this one has me sold on Gigabyte from a reliability standpoint, so there's a good chance I'll at least consider Gigabyte for my next PC upgrade.

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  • Andrzej N.
  • 2/5/2014 10:54:06 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFantastic mobo!

Pros: Thank you Gigabyte for making that mobo! I'm using it about 7 years and its going strong. I have q9550 @3.4 for last 4 years and I'm really happy. I added SSD, 560 GTX, other HDD 2TB etc. and I can't complain. Some time in future, I will change it and I will buy again Gigabyte and Intel they go well together.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: GREAT mobo!

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  • DAVID T.
  • 6/7/2012 12:55:55 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs'Twas an excellent board ...

Pros: Kudos to Gigabyte, and a fond farewell to this most revered mainboard, an excellent board which I was unable to kill. I bought it to learn how to tweak the hardware, but the CPU (Intel Core2Duo 6750) and RAM (OCZ Silver/Platinum series, overpriced, DOA, and rebate-failed) were utterly unresponsive, so I ended up leaving the stock settings alone and weeping the tears of the aftermath of a failed enterprise.

Lesson Learned: NO OCZ. There will be another review for THEM, oh yes.

So Long, and Thanks for All the Chips!

Cons: Poor documentation for Linux users (in late 2007). All support was Windows-only, though the website was certainly ample. Little online support for Linux OCers in 2007-8 when I got it, but that's hardly Gigabyte's fault.

Much has changed. The Sandy/Ivy processors are OC-friendly, so I hear.

Other Thoughts: What took me so long? Last time, I avoided leaving reviews, and have ignored this since. Now, I'm looking for parts for a new system. I *HATE* it, but it's time for an upgrade -- it's been 4.5 years, and the world is migrating to SATAIII, USB 3.0, and SSD system disks. This will soon be Tux4Mom -- maybe she'll have better luck overclocking it!

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  • John L.
  • 1/26/2008 6:09:33 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice & Easy

Pros: Very easy build. Board's labeles are easy to read. Good bang for the buck.

Cons: No floppy provided for XP install.

Other Thoughts: I plan to purchase more of these boards.

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  • Nathan F.
  • 1/22/2008 3:09:02 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat overclocker!

Pros: This is the Intel m-atx cube tinkerer's dream motherboard. Tons of voltage and clock settings in the bios as well as an automatic voltage regulator setting that makes overclocking easy. Paired up with an E2160 Allendale and I've overclocked 3.2 Ghz on stock cooling. Love the solid capacitors and ferrite core chokes.

Cons: Nothing big. The system fan header is between the cpu and the atx connectors making it hard to get to in my m-atx cube case. No free shipping or mail in rebates I guess is the only other gripe?

Other Thoughts: Loving it!

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  • Brian P.
  • 1/19/2008 9:17:01 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsStable Server 2003 x64 board

Pros: All the drivers I needed were available either through or or Got it up quickly.

Cons: Had to do some research to find an x64 dirver for the 8111B NIC. None available on the site.

Other Thoughts: Found a driver through Google for the Realtek 8111B NIC. The Asus P5ND2 driver brought the NIC right up.

I also pulled down the current Intel Matrix Storage Manager from the Intel site instead of using the Gigabyte driver. Running two Raid 1's on the Gigabyte with no issues.

This is my first time back to Gigabyte since the Server 2000 days when the I had major compatibility issues. Looks like in this case, they have the right stuff.

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  • monica c.
  • 1/17/2008 8:44:53 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsawesome

Pros: small powerful package with enough connectors, nice manual and easy to understand for it's colors

Cons: none so far

Other Thoughts: if you want it then buy it if don't then find a better one i recommend this one it's foolproof

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/16/2008 11:38:00 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice MicroATX board with eSATA and RAID

Pros: 6 SATA ports with the ICH9R chip, which is a known top performer. Lots of BIOS options for OC'ing, SATA/RAID. Easy OC'ing with no overheating even with the small heatsinks on the chipset. Perfect DVD playback with the onboard video, but I assume games will suck (haven't tested yet).

Cons: No DVI or HDMI, just VGA. Only 4 USB Ports, while there are 4(??!!) USB headers on the board.

Other Thoughts: Really great board, very stable and works fine with the C2D e6750 and GSkill 2x1GB DDR800 RAM. I was able to OC to 3.6Ghz on air with no problem.

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  • Shih S.
  • 1/15/2008 5:12:47 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsBIOS Version F7 Updates

Pros: Stable and perform well under overclocking, running board for more than 10 months. Starting from BIOS F7, Gigabyte resumed support memory multiplier of 2. Now you have more flexibility to overclock the processor running a slower memory clock rate.

Cons: None. Gave 1 rating before due to the irresponsive engineering support, refused to provide memory multiplier of 2 in BIOS F5 and F6 which would allow lower memory frequency. Now this problem is corrected.

Other Thoughts: C2D 6320, Mushkin EP RAM, OC'ed CPU at 3.03Ghz = 7 X 433, memory at 866 = 2 X 433. Also read an review talking about running North Bridge G33 hot. Please refer to Intel website on G33 thermal specs. It can run pretty hot and certainly OC FSB will make it worse.

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  • Adam D.
  • 1/14/2008 10:13:44 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsUN-KILLABLE!!!

Pros: STABLE! rock solid bord great overcloack best micro atx on market. runs cool 35 to 40 with q6700 and rosewill cooler at 2.9... Bios overclcok very helpful very esay. dont think i could kill this bord if i tried its like a vampire. also tons of sata. love this bord

Cons: bios tired to manage my cpu clock speed by undercutting my voltage thus my speed. had to adjust some presets to allow cpu to run full throttle. this was hard to figure out at first but once i got to it board is awesome... Gigabyte word to the wise esata needs to be on board not taking up one of my precious slots on my micro which has so few to begin with also only one pci slot after 2slot graphic card is installed

Other Thoughts: stable bord need a good case to maximize overclocking ablity

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