- Intel P35
- Core 2 Quad / Core 2 Extreme / Core 2 Duo
- DDR3 1333 / DDR2 1066
Outstanding- Great bang for the buck$$ 07/07/2008
Great features ( DDR3, raid, , step by step installation instructions, tweakable bios, stabilty etc.) This is my 2nd Gigabyte build. Currently running like a champ and VERY fast!! I am a gamer so speed is important to me. I would highly recommend this MB to people that are considering building their first computer.
Listed below are minor problems I encountered during this build. Most of the info below is not really a motherboard problem. I am just stating it in the CON section to help others.
Raid with XP was a little difficult. It requires a floppy drive 3.5" to load the 3rd party raid driver for XP. I think Vista already has the required drivers. The stock Intel heat sink/fan was difficult to mount to the MB. During the first run, XP found new devices ( onboard audio ) and asked if I wanted it to search for drivers. . I clicked "OK" and it loaded the wrong audio driver and would not work. Actaully, this was my mistake and had to go online to the Gigabyte website for a fix. I found the info in the "FAQ" section for this MB. Make sure you click cancel then load the MB disc.
My specs= XFX GeForce 9800 GTX Black Edition 512MB PCI Express, Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 Yorkfield 2.5GHz LGA 775, Patriot 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Dual Channel, OCZ EvoStream 720W ATX Power Supply, and Two raided HDD's (Western Digital Caviar SE16 Sata 300 320 Gb.
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