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GIGABYTE GA-965P-S3 LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard

  • Intel P965 Express
  • Core 2 Quad / Core 2 Extreme / Core 2 Duo
  • DDR2 800
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Supporting the next-generation Intel Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Extreme processors, the GIGABYTE GA-965P-S3 motherboard delivers high performance and a complete arsenal of great tuning tools for DIY and power users to customize system performance to incredible heights.

The GIGABYTE GA-965P-S3 motherboard utilizes the latest Intel P965 chipset to deliver up to 8 GB dual-channel DDR2 800/667/533 memory with Fast Memory Access technology for maximum platform performance. Other features include 6 SATA 3Gb/s connectors, 8-channel onboard HD Audio and PCIe Gigabit LAN support.

  • newegg Intel P965+ICH8 Chipset The Intel P965 Express Chipset incorporates Intel Fast Memory Access technology to significantly increase overall system performance by optimizing available bandwidth and reduction of memory access latency. Up to dual-channel DDR2 800 memory is supported by the P965 chipset to provide 12.8 GB/s peak memory bandwidth for greater platform performance and memory flexibility. The ICH8 also features SATA 3Gb/s, High-Speed USB 2.0 and HD Audio support.
  • newegg Intel Core 2 Processor Support This motherboard supports the next-generation LGA 775 Intel Core 2 processors, including the Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Extreme. With new Intel Core microarchitecture technology, the Intel Core 2 processors are considered some of the most powerful and energy efficient CPUs in the world.
  • newegg Speed "Speed"-compliant GIGABYTE S-series motherboards provide extensive over-clocking and over-voltage settings through both the BIOS and an intelligent software interface for user-friendly operation.
  • newegg Smart GIGABYTE S-series motherboards provide GIGABYTE proprietary "Smart" software such as Download Center, @BIOS, Q-Flash, Xpress Install, Boot menu, and Smart Fan. BIOS as well as driver updates and management become much easier and user friendly with GIGABYTE Smart features!
  • newegg Safe "Safe" is a key feature of the GIGABYTE S-series motherboards with the following elements: Excellent hardware reinforced BIOS protection through GIGABYTE Virtual Dual BIOS Technology and GIGABYTE BIOS Setting Recovery Technology. Unique system software such as Xpress Recovery 2, PC Health Monitor, HDD S.M.A.R.T., and Corporate Online Manager (C.O.M.) further strengthen the stability and reliability of your PC!

Learn more about the GIGABYTE GA-965P-S3



Supported CPU

CPU Socket Type
LGA 775
CPU Type
Core 2 Quad / Core 2 Extreme / Core 2 Duo
Supported CPU Technologies
Hyper-Threading Technology


Intel P965 Express
South Bridge
Intel ICH8


Number of Memory Slots
Memory Standard
DDR2 800
Maximum Memory Supported
Channel Supported
Dual Channel

Expansion Slots

PCI Express x16
PCI Express x1
PCI Slots

Storage Devices

1 x ATA100 2 Dev. Max
SATA 3Gb/s

Onboard Video

Onboard Video Chipset

Onboard Audio

Audio Chipset
Realtek ALC883
Audio Channels
8 Channels

Onboard LAN

LAN Chipset
Marvell 8056
Max LAN Speed

Rear Panel Ports

USB 1.1/2.0
4 x USB 2.0
1 x Optical, 1 x Coaxial
Audio Ports
6 Ports

Internal I/O Connectors

Onboard USB
4 x USB 2.0

Physical Spec

Form Factor
12.0" x 8.3"
Windows Vista
Certified for Windows Vista
Power Pin
24 Pin


This product does not support Win9X/ME
Notice: Only DDR2-800 memory supporting JEDEC approved 1.8V operation with timings of 5-5-5 or 6-6-6 is supported on Intel Desktop Boards based on Intel 965 Express Chipsets.

Manufacturer Warranty

1 year limited
1 year limited

Quick Info


  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year

Customer Reviews of the GIGABYTE GA-965P-S3

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  • Jason R.
  • 10/1/2012 8:20:30 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs10/12 update

Pros: Still works

Cons: SATA seems a little fussy. If i add a new drive or take out a old drive the boot will sometimes lock up till i find a different SATA connection it likes. Took off a egg for that.

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  • Joel V.
  • 5/26/2012 8:54:15 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsThese boards all die within 2 years.

Pros: Lots of features
8 channel audio
RAID SATA + regular SATA
1 ATA/IDE for legacy devices
PS/2 ports
good layout

Cons: Dies within 2 years. I'm on my 4th board.

SATA ports randomly fail or just slow down to 10% speed.
Switching hard drive to a different SATA port fixed the problem, but at least 2 of my ports are defective.

USB problems with card readers or mass storage devices. You will think you have the wrong drivers but in reality your hardware is failing. Big waste of time.

Other Thoughts: First was DOA - didn't POST. The second lasted about two years and fried my video card when it died. The third lasted about two years. The fourth one lasted about 2 years. I'm done with this board; I'm going to suck it up and reinstall Windows with a different board. I kept getting the same board to avoid Windows reinstall and for the great features.

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  • Randy J.
  • 11/9/2007 6:49:11 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs2 DoAs

Pros: None, Two DOAS in a row, i got my 3rd one at my house now, HOPEFULLY it will work and I can write a review about it

Cons: Read previous

Other Thoughts: Im so tired of being stuck with my P4.. if this doesnt work this time im sending it back for refund and buying local

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  • Ann R.
  • 11/8/2007 5:28:21 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsCopper Heatsinks (:

Pros: Great. Very satisfied with. It has a copper heatsink for the NB and SB coolers

Cons: Big NB cooler makes it realativelly hard to install Aftermarket big coolers

Other Thoughts: Good Joob Gigabyte!!

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/1/2007 7:40:32 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome Board!

Pros: This board rocks! Running an E6300 with AC Freezer 7 Pro at 3.08ghz on stock voltage! Using 440FSB with Transcend AxeRAM DDR2-800 2x1gb memory. Memory currently running at 880mhz.

Cons: My only complaint is the lack of rear USB ports, but doesn't deserve an egg off IMO.

Other Thoughts: Buy this board, cheap alternative for learning how to overclock.

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  • Charles F.
  • 10/31/2007 7:29:26 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Good for the price. Everything fits nicely.

Cons: Had problems with RAM read errors. Also, my northbridge cooler came knocked off, and one of the plastic pins holding it in was manufactured poorly. I had to cut it a little with a razor knife to get it to clip in properly.

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  • Anonymous
  • 10/30/2007 9:49:41 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsBeware - no FSB1333!

Pros: Fine price/performance ratio, but you can do better

Cons: No FSB1333 capability! This comes up with new Core 2 Duo's, etc.

Other Thoughts: The P35 chipset that Gigabyte offers on other models rocks. You can even get a model with 8 rear USB ports, and 4 more available for case/drive bays! A bit expensive, though

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  • H T.
  • 10/26/2007 1:15:11 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDon't cheap out on your MB

Pros: Cheap, and it does OC well.

Cons: So many issues with this board. It states quad core in the spec but it is nowhere in the documentation. I found later that a bios update lets it accept them but too many limiting factors to make a good Q4 board.

Cons: Getting my CD-Drive to work consistantly was a pain, it would work and then stop for some reason. Once I had XP installed completely I had no problemsThe there was the confusing nature of the CPU Fan warning settings in the bios. A faq on GB site recommended to just disable it in the end. After putting in my two SATA whenever I would copy data from one to the other the mouse cursor would freeze, even though I could still select things if I visualized where it was at. Also it turned out one drive was bad and it would reset the machine when bad sectors were addressed. Next there is an issue with Western Digitals Diagnostic DOS boot software and Gigabyte boards. The test would jut freeze. I could not test my SATA drives to see if they were defective because using the win base tool would also reboot machine. Then there was random rpms with my stock fan. It would fluctuate between 100-800 constantly for 5-10 minute stretch and then stable off.

Other Thoughts: After moving to the GA-P35C-DS3R all of my problems went away. The drive was still bad but it did reboot or act quirky when it was accessed. Bottom line spend the xtra $$$ for a more stable board that can handle issues with components better..

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  • Claude C.
  • 10/25/2007 11:10:55 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood motherboard

Pros: I have had this motherboard for over a year and haven't had any problems. It has a lot of expansion slots.

Cons: Should have come with better instructions for installing components. The single sheet that comes with it is sparse, so be prepared to do a bit of trial and error with a few minor things. Also, the overclocking software is merely average, so be prepared to use the BIOS as usual.

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  • Bobby H.
  • 10/23/2007 6:50:32 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsBuy New- Avoid Openbox

Pros: 14 systems built with this board. Does everything needed, is flexible for different task requirements and is stable.

Cons: Buy New ONLY... last order was for an Openbox unit. Arrived in apparent good shape. During prep for processor install, found massive amount of thermal compound on the processor lock down and three damaged pins on the LGA775 array bed. NewEgg cannot take Openbox units back and physical damage like this is not considered a manufacturing defect. Board trashed and new one ordered.

Other Thoughts: Long time fan of Gigabyte boards and this class of board is one of the best. Quickly being replaced with new chipset versions.

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