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GIGABYTE GA-EP35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

  • Intel P35
  • Core 2 Quad / Core 2 Extreme / Core 2 Duo
  • DDR2 1200(OC)/1066/800
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Edmundo C.
  • 6/12/2014 10:18:49 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMy first PC build.

Pros: I have to hand it to Gigabyte, they sure know how to built them.

As a preface, my tech level was super low when I put this PC together, so I kind of 'winged it'. I know, it's idiotic on my part, but I was just a kid.

I got this part in 2008. The unit has lasted me until now, 2014, even after it's been in three different cases, been mounted without standoffs, subjected to poor ventilation, accidentally poked and repoked with a sharp screwdrivers, has seen three video cards, two power supplies and I think dropped it once or twice when I was switching it into another case.

And the blasted thing still works. My gosh. My kudos to the engineers of Gigabyte.

In the end, I rebuilt a new computer using this motherboard and my trusty E8400 to sell it to my friend. Just recently too; as of June 2014.

Still working.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: I'm now biased towards Gigabyte products since my purchase of this board in 2008.

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  • Daniel B.
  • 2/10/2013 8:06:12 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest motherboard I ever had!

Pros: Very dependable!! Has lasted over 5 years with no problems!

Cons: None!

Other Thoughts: Had built a computer with an Intel motherboard back in 2007. That motherboard failed within a year. Purchased this motherboard in 2008 and has been running great ever since! Have used a Core 2 Duo 1.86GHz processor in it with 4GB DDR2 SDRAM, 3 SATA drives, 1 SATA DVDRW and 1 EIDE DVDRW and 256MB Video Card and has been running great!! One main reason why it's lasted so long is probably because I have it in an Antec 900 Case with about 6 cooling fans in it, along with a Rosewill 550W power supply.

I am currently upgrading the processor to a Core 2 Quad 2.5GHz Intel processor, and yesterday just put in new 8GB DDR2 SDRAM (maxed out). I'm keeping this motherboard until it quits!!!

I have read other reviews on more recent Gigabyte motherboards, and I'm not quite sure if I will purchase another Gigabyte motherboard in the future, as a lot of them nowadays seem to go dead within a year. We will see, though!

Too bad they don't make this motherboard anymore, or I wish they did with upgraded SATA 6.0GB/sec hookups on it, and possibly upgraded memory slots.

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  • Dennis D.
  • 11/26/2011 11:55:31 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood motherbaord

Pros: Installed this in July 2008, been running it almost daily since then (powered on and off daily as well). Plenty of SATA ports, and RAM slots (which I still have not filled). The extra IDE port was also a plus for my older drive. Used mainly for gaming (plays BattleField 3 pretty good), surfing the web, compiling source code, composing music, graphics design.

Cons: The PCI express slot is the main bottleneck on this board. I wish I had bought one with a faster slot for my graphics card. Having to upgrade now based on this weakest link, but 3.5 years is a pretty long lifetime, which is why I gave this board 5/5 eggs.

Other Thoughts: I installed this almost 4 years ago, and it has yet to disappoint. Might be because I bought a really nice components for it: Well ventilated Antec case, Power Supply (Antec 550W), RAM (CORSAIR DOMINATOR 2x2GB), CPU (Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz)

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  • Steven B.
  • 10/28/2011 2:37:04 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsP35-DS3L

Pros: (Update History) ..Board is still running!? ..Original system build..1/21/2008)-(E6750 @3.2ghz (stock cooler),4 gigs of generic corsair ram, 500 Ocz power supply, 8800 gts 512, After market north bridge cooler.) Easy to overclock and tinker with. Gave me a couple years with no problems. (Update/Latest) (E8200 @ 3.2ghz(Aftermarket cooler), Patriot Pc8500 ddr2 memory (4 gigs) , Corsair 650 TX, Zotac 550 Ti gtx video card. (Getting one more video card upgrade)

Cons: System stopped posting/No boot up.(lights & fans only) Thought the worst and retired the old beast....Couple months later found out the ram was bad..board good?. New ram lasted a week(Pc6400 ram), On third set (put 8500 ram in it) (power issue) 500 Ocz was running high on its 12 volt rail. (12.63V) Replaced it. (very upset with them) Not really sure about CPU monitoring Temps with newer processor. (Bios reads 32C, Real Temp & Core Temp (software) reading 39C in Windows 7. (Updated bios early last year) This board likes to eat ram. (Hoping it was just poor ram/power supply problems) That caused earlier issues with this board.

Other Thoughts: Hoping to keep this system running for some time to come(Gaming Lan rig). Runs really good ATM. (6.6,7.0,7.3,7.3,5.9)(windows index score)

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  • Mary C.
  • 8/27/2011 5:24:50 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsUnhappy with Gigabyte

Pros: This was a great motherboard for about 2 years 9 months.

Cons: This was my son's motherboard and he was experiencing random but often BSD issues. Through tedious selective component diagnosis, the motherboard was the culprit. he was graduating high school and was preparing for college so we bought him the components so he could build another great computer so he could use in his freshman year in an out of state college for computer science. I recently realized that this motherboard was under warranty but through the busy schedule we have, I lapsed on the time frame and missed the deadline by several weeks. BUT this problem was occurring DURING the warranty period so I contacted Gigabyte and it took them almost 1 week to reply with just a simple sentence"If you think this is a warranty matter, submit an RMA". They new what they were doing! I submitted an RMA and they basically immediately declined for out of warranty! No consideration of the letter I composed! 1 egg rating because I can't select zero!

Other Thoughts: Well I will NEVER by another Gigabyte product and I will spread this to all who ask for my advise. I am in the customer service business and not everything is written in black and white. Considerations should be taken. I would not waste my time making up a story. My time is worth more than this but now I am UPSET at the shotgun rejection I received! Good bye Gigabyte as I will NEVER by another one of your products!

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/5/2011 2:29:46 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsImpressive

Pros: Reliability.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: So it's 2011. If you're reading this it must be out of boredom.

I'm writing this review because i just did a systeminfo @ the command prompt of our 03 server.

System Up Time: 627 Days, 21 Hours, 16 Minutes, 53 Seconds

System Model: EP35-DS3L
System Manufacturer: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd.

CPU: E8400 / Core2Duo

So yeah it's stable. BTW the uptime would be longer if it weren't for a cruddy Antec PSU this machine was originally built with.

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  • Yi L.
  • 12/22/2008 7:08:55 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsDecent mobo

Pros: *Great board for the price
*1333 FSB CPU and 1066 RAM support
*Designed for OCing

Cons: *No Firewire (but that's okay, I don't use it anyway)
*Kind of packed, worried that it might not fit a 92mm fan
*Gigabyte sent me a defective one, RMA'ed, and got another one within a week

Other Thoughts: Used this for my first PC build. Overall I'm satisfied with it, but I would rather have gotten a DS4.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/14/2008 8:49:34 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat board

Pros: Great overclocking ability. overall well rounded board, especially when you consider the price.

Cons: Prone to cracking if you press just right when installing that stubborn heatsink.

Other Thoughts: Be careful when installing that new monster heatsink. The board tends to flex excessively resulting in stress cracks in the pathways. I had a friend that this happened to and they weren't covered by warranty becuase of it.

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  • Ian B.
  • 12/10/2008 6:37:41 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: This is a great all around motherboard. I used this for my first custom build and I have had absolutely zero problems. Really amazing to be honest. I was expecting at least some sort of trifle, but had none. Went into my case beautifully and easily and the layout was perfect for my other hardware. Plenty of room for lots of ram, 4 SATA plugs for extra storage, its great.

Cons: Does not support FireWire and my case has an unused FireWire hub which disappoints me greatly, but I have firewire on my Mac so I don't miss it too much.

Other Thoughts: I was building on a budget and this motherboard has really shined through and through. Currently running XP Pro, but considering Vista SP1 after I upgrade to 4gb RAM. I am confident this board will handle anything I throw at it. I definitely recommend to anyone like me who is building on a tight budget but still wants good quality parts.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/9/2008 5:37:32 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNot a bad board

Pros: Lots of usb ports, works with Wolfdale processers, no memory issues. Low cost compared to competitor boards with oc features.

Cons: Wish it came with a usb riser card, as my Antec 900 case only supports 2 usb ports on front. The flashing program is flimsy, couldn't ever get it flashed to the new bios, but that might be because the bios program hates Vista. (most programs do)

Other Thoughts: Not a bad motherboard, I've had worse boards with less features, more problems, and bad arrangement of connectors, this one is pretty cool, came with lots of cables.

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