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GIGABYTE GA-G31M-S2L LGA 775 Intel G31 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

  • Intel G31
  • Core 2 Quad / Core 2 Extreme / Core 2 Duo
  • DDR2 800
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Joshua M.
  • 2/14/2013 11:58:55 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsDie already!

Pros: Purchased it in 2008, and it's still running like the day I bought it.

Cons: Just needs better grammer in the bios. Wish SATA was located somewhere else, because VGA's these days are huge. Wish it could control the system fans, because I have this crazy fan that don't care about what anyone says.

Other Thoughts: Die so I can get a new computer already! Well, we wouldn't want that either. How am I supposed to convince my wife that I need new internal parts?

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  • Jordan P.
  • 11/23/2012 9:07:12 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome motherboard

Pros: I have had this motherboard for 5 years running a Q6600. It has gone through two or three power supplies, two video cards, two cases, and two hard drives, traveled a total of roughly 3,000 miles by plane, and yet it is still running. GREAT part by a great company.

Cons: None.

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  • Christopher D.
  • 5/31/2012 9:59:35 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood budget motherboard

Pros: Been using this board since 2008 in a simple workstation, and it has been very stable with Linux.

Cons: *Integrated graphics output is a bit noisy. The interference is only slightly visible, however.

*Lack of DVI output for integrated graphics.

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  • Beracah Y.
  • 2/24/2012 3:45:08 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAlmost 4 years!

Pros: I've had this little board for almost 4 years now, no problems with it ever! Actually, the ram went bad before the board has.

Cons: -

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  • Daniel M.
  • 1/21/2011 10:48:21 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsNearly 2 years

Pros: Well it has been almost 2 years on this. It replaced a very nice Abit mobo that was tragically killed by a power supply. While this does not have quite the feature set of the old mobo I did not see any real performance hit when I moved over. Recently started to feel a little slow (using my friend's i7 too much lol), so I started OCing it. The OC process works well and seems fairly understandable to me. went from 2.2 to 2.66 without touching the voltages. From what I read online I should be able to later hit upwards of 3.2 before capping out. Perhaps a SSD will breathe new life into the system before taking the $2000 plunge in better hardware +software that takes advantage of it.
Good sound quality, good 1000/t ethernet, onboard video isnt much but that is what the 9800GT is for, running 4HDDs of various brands and all is well. It has been through 3 cases, and moved several times without problems.
Nothing special, but it just works which is all I ask for!

Cons: a little burned that it does not have raid like the newegg spec sheet said it did when I bought it, but if I really want it I can always do it with zfs in the future. Other than that it has been very good to me.

Other Thoughts: well, it is 2011, and this thing keeps on ticking. It was beginning to feel a bit laggy so I OC'd it a little. Once it starts feeling slow again I will OC it one more time before upping the whole platform. The best thing though is that it keeps up with my friend's newer computers from Dell and HP (newer C2D and Ci3), just goes to show the value in building your own rig. Mostly used for media (lots of netflix and FB), I also do a bit of audio and video editing on the side as a hobby and it edits full HD with no problem (premere pro, lagarith encoding), and this keeps up well. Once I do eventually upgrade this will make a great little home server!

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  • Brian L.
  • 11/12/2008 8:05:35 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNo hassle, great price

Pros: Cheap, small, easy to setup, runs like a champ.

Cons: If you have a large PCIe video card, the PCI slot underneath it is unusable. Not a big deal since I don't have any PCI cards, but if you need to use some slots then you may want to consider a board with more slots.

Other Thoughts: My first Gigabyte purchase (usually a Asus guy) and I am very pleased. It's stable so far (4 months) and performs well. I would definitely buy again.

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  • Cy I.
  • 11/11/2008 3:09:48 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPretty good

Pros: Haven't had any problems with this board. Nice overclocking options.

Cons: None

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/7/2008 2:52:11 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsGreat board

Pros: Inexpensive. My old motherboard was giving me tons of problems, so I decided to do some overhaul and replace the CPU, motherboard and RAM. I paired the motherboard up with an E5200 and it worked great out of the box. (Without a BIOS update, which was good since I wasn't sure if the new 45nm CPU would require one.) The board can easily push the CPU to 3.75GHz (300x12.5), but the voltage and cooling requirements for the CPU itself convinced me to bring it down to 3.45GHz (300x11.5). Passive cooling on the chipset, so no noise from the motherboard.

Cons: Integrated audio occasionally has some background noise like many. It only seems to happen when the audio isn't being used, so it doesn't bother me too much. Like others have said, the chipset heatsink does get pretty hot. For CPUs that aren't specified to run at a 333MHz FSB (like mine), the memory multiplier can only go as low as 2.66. With DDR2-800 memory, this effectively limits you to a 300MHz FSB (300x2.66=800).

Other Thoughts: When I first got everything set up, for some reason the board had my CPU running at 1.8GHz (200x9). Not sure why this happened, but it was easy to change in the BIOS settings, so no big deal. There is also a separate setting for fractional (0.5) CPU multipliers, which took me an extra two seconds or so to find - not sure if this is the case on other motherboards. I feel kind of bad giving this board a 4; I would give it 4.5 if I could. The audio is the only thing that bugs me in the slightest, and it only manifests itself when I'm not using it.

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/5/2008 4:46:22 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest Value

Pros: First You will not find a better mobo for the same price. Easily overclocks stable Q6700 (2.66) OC @ 3.2 running perfect for a few months now and still going strong. 4gig ddr2 800. The onboard features like gigibit lan and very decent sound card save money. Have bought more than one for friends computers.

Cons: When OC the northbridge gets very hott so i bought a small fan and mounted it on top, problem solved.

Other Thoughts: Northbridge did not get hot unoverclocked so no worries if you dont OC. Great budget board and will not waste your money or time. I only have about a Grand in my whole computer and it runs just as good as my friends Alienware he paid $3000.

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  • Jaime H.
  • 11/5/2008 8:34:49 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNot bad at all!

Pros: Extremely easy to install. My old mobo was fried and this was and excellent replacement so far. I got a new Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 Gig processor and an ASUS EN 8400 GS 512 MB video card to go with it. Only two gigs of ram right now but will max it out soon. I'm an average gamer and this runs BF2 and WAR pretty well.

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: Decent price, decent mobo.

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