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GIGABYTE GA-G33M-S2L LGA 775 Intel G33 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

  • Intel G33
  • Core 2 Quad / Core 2 Extreme / Core 2 Duo
  • DDR2 800
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  • Anonymous
  • 8/29/2008 6:55:12 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Tough mobo and stylish as all GB products are! Lots of options.

Cons: It wasnt free?

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  • Andrew J.
  • 8/20/2008 11:15:56 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat!

Pros: Great board. Hooked everything up and booted to install the OS. No problems at all! Highly recommend. Love the 6 USB ports built in.

Cons: If you have a big video card, it WILL cover the first 1 or 2 SATA connectors. I only had one hard drive so this wasn't a problem for me, but could be for others.

Other Thoughts: I had bought a previous version of a similar board from Gigabyte and didn't have any problems with it (still going strong), so I thought I'd by the newer version and it's giving me the same stability!

Make sure you buy a correct size case if you want to put any kind of high end video card in it!

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  • Orson W.
  • 7/25/2008 5:57:07 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsFollow up: stable, but is G31 better?

Pros: My first board was bad - Newegg completed a painless RMA. My second board has been running 24/7 overclocked to 1333MHz FSB with a quad-core and is perfectly stable. The rebuild was a non event thanks to the handy Gigabyte XpressRecovery utility.

Cons: -

Other Thoughts: For most people, the G33 offers very little advantage over a G31 chipset yet comes with a large price difference. Check the specs carefully - most premium manufacturers like Gigabyte tweak the G31 version to equal the performance of the G33 version, leaving a few minor feature differences to justify a large cost difference. If I had to do this over again, I would have gone with the Gigabyte G31 version as a better value proposition.

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  • Mark B.
  • 7/17/2008 11:16:46 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsUpdate to No Dual Core

Pros: Addendum to previous post, it is W2K Pro failing to recognize the e7200 as dual core and not a BIOS fault. I fixed that and CPUz shows 1 core with 2 threads. Upgrading to Windows XP PRO + SP2 and CPUz shows 2 cores, 2 threads at 3.2 GHz speed. This is a great motherboard!

Cons: I have a defective sound chip. Not a problem for me as I'm not needing HD stereo sound so I just turned it off in the BIOS, plugged in a PCI SB-64, and have sound that way.

Other Thoughts: I did a Homer DOH !!! in that W2K Pro was installed with a single core CPU and I had to manually switch from UniPC to the MultiPC driver to get Wndows 2000 Pro to use both cores.

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  • Mark B.
  • 7/16/2008 9:01:15 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNo Dual Core for e7200

Pros: Easy to setup with Intel e7200 cpu. The built-in Q-flash utility makes it a snap to upgrade the BIOS safely to the latest version. Has 4 memory slots. Very easy to overclock, has all the important voltages including memory for my OCZ Reaper. Has a great auto display of real memory speed when setting the FSB and memory multiplier (no more manual calculation needed). Right angle SATA cable is nice touch when space is tight.

Cons: No 5 stars as W2k Pro with SP4 boots up but CPUz only shows 1 core, 1 thread, not dual core like it should. Latest F3e BIOS is from April and e7200 started shipping mid-May but BIOS POST does identify the e7200 correctly. Posted question to Gigabyte tech., wil see how fast they answer it. Be careful, I got a boot failure with a plug in Rocket RAID controller after flashing the BIOS. Almost had heart attack until I looked and the flash drive I still had plugged in was listed first in boot drive priority, pulled out the flash drive and W2K Pro booted up ok (whew!).

Other Thoughts: Clocking e7200 at 3.2GHz with Freezer Pro 7 cooler and it stays around 2000 rpm, haven't tried anything higher as it's not my own computer. If anyone has e7200 running on XP Pro showing normal dual core please let me know as I'll upgrade to XP if that fixes it.

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/12/2008 10:51:12 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsvery nice microATX

Pros: four RAM slots is very flexible, will even support 1066mhz RAM, i have a ballistix tracer 800mhz, allows you to manually change voltage options in increments of +/- .1 Volts, which is nice because crucial ballistix are known for their picky 2.1-2.2 volts requirements. everything is great, although my massive thermaltake cpu cooler blocks one ram slot, i can still use the other slots in dual channel!!

Cons: c'mon its micro atx, the cpu 4 pin connector could be better located elsewhere, expect a TIIIIGHT fit and a lot of patience hooking up the 4 pin cpu power connector to this mobo when you have a massive cpu cooler like mine, but in the end, its worth it for all the bright lights.
also, the flexible plastic PCI-E clip at the end can be done away with, its a tight time getting everything to plug into when removing the graphics card is hard enough to begin with.

Other Thoughts: system is complete with this mobo, EVGA 512mb Geforce 8800GT, WD 250gb HD, thermaltake LanBOX Lite, and Thermaltake CL-P0478 80mm CPU Cooler, like i said, its a tight fit if you want to fit everything in a micro ATX case, also using a SILVERSTONE ST75F 750W ATX 12V 2.2 & EPS 12V Power Supply, it may be big, but iits modular!!!!

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  • Valentine D.
  • 7/10/2008 12:25:10 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent MATX

Pros: Rarely you find MATX MB with good overclocking abilities.
And this MB does have features (CPU-clock change, CPU-voltage change, FSB and RAM voltage change) if go to OC.
Before I bought them (4) i reviewed around 140 different
types, mostly rejecting for low standard FSB and OC features. ( Definitely I was looking for MATX and quad Intel support). Finally I choose this one and will never regret it.
If you do not need more that 1 PCI-E(16) and looking for a good performer - this is your MB.
Now I run them with Q6600-3.24Ghz, but it has no problem to go upto 3.6.

So for this price this is a killer.

Cons: None.
(I'm not a gamer, I do not use PCI-E).

Other Thoughts: No FireWire. But 6 usb ports !

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  • johnny e.
  • 7/1/2008 8:51:53 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: unknown at this time . board was D.O.A . i gave a high rating because of the excellent customer service , as it was no hassle in getting the rma # and shipping it back. waiting on the replacement board . will repost after i have a chance to play with my toys.

Cons: none!!

Other Thoughts: excellent return / no hassle policy

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  • Orson W.
  • 6/25/2008 5:39:10 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsExcellent board, but died

Pros: Excellent quality components around CPU area. Decent quality OC options for what is basically a budget board.

It has the usual handy Gigabyte features such as XpressRecovery (basically a hard drive imaging program residing in BIOS and HD) and QFlash which are very handy.

Cons: I still have no idea why Gigabyte hides overclocking options behind a cntl-F1 key in the BIOS menus. Gigabyte has also typically been sparse with fan headers - this board has only 2 (one for CPU and one for other use). This board also flexes more than most boards that I have worked with, including other budget boards and Gigabyte boards - I highly recommend installing the heatsink before mounting the motherboard (always a good idea, but especially so with this board).

My board was working very well for 3 weeks. Then, data corruption, BSOD, lock-ups, and boot looping started occurring. Swapping out memory, CPU, and powersupply with known-good components and reinstalling O/S resulted in no improvement.

Other Thoughts: Kudos to Newegg for a painless RMA. I have had good luck with Gigabyte in the past, so hopefully this is a stroke of bad luck. I will follow up after I live with my replacement for a while.

System: Intel Q6600, Crucial Ballistix pc2-8500, Antec OCZ GameXstream 700w

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  • Wissam A.
  • 6/17/2008 6:49:34 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery Good Board

Pros: This is an excellent motherboard. I have had no problems whatsoever with it. I've been using the VGA port for about 3 weeks now and it has not given me any problems whatsoever. Even plays some older games like BF1942 maxed out. With the BIOS update, overclocking is very user-friendly.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Buy it!

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