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This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-EG31M-S2 LGA 775 Intel G31 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: Price/Performance ratio. I paired this motherboard with an Intel E5200 and have it O/Ced to a stable and cool 3.0 GHz on stock cooling with a minor voltage increase. I could probably go higher, but see no need to, right now. Has BIOS features more expensive boards have that allow Power User O/Cing. Energy efficient and small physical footprint in case = less heat.
Cons: Gigabyte decided to include a parallel printer port? This isn't needed because most peripherals like this are all attached via USB these days. Only two PCI slots which means if you have a dual-slot video card you are cutting off air flow if you also have a stand alone sound card installed. Also, only two DDR2 slots, but this is expected given the price.
Other Thoughts: This is my first Gigabyte motherboard. I was worried reading other reviews about getting a lemon (DOA boards, or boards that work for a while then gradually die). Mine booted right up the first time and the current F1 Bios that ships with it will recognize newer Intel Core 2 Dual and Core 2 Quads without an update (I updated to the latest BIOS just to be current, however). This board + E5200 is the bargain of the year for gamers on a budget and others who want top-tier performance at almost a third of the price.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Price/Performance ratio. I picked this up on what was a one day deal for $72 one month ago today. I paired this with a Gigabyte GA-EG31M-S2 (Revision1) mobo and have the E5200 O/Ced to 3.0 GHz stable on STOCK COOLING. I could probably go higher, but see no need to... Yet. This processor is faster than a AMD 64 X2 6000+ (3.0 GHz) at stock speed (2.5 GHz), let alone O/Ced like this. Also, I increased voltage a mere ONE volt to achieve my current O/C from the stock voltage. Runs very cool under heavy load (Microsoft Flight Simulator X @1680x1050).
Cons: Possibly the 2 MB cache... And like all things in life, it may be the luck of the draw that some can O/C, while others cannot.
Other Thoughts: This is by far the best processor I have ever owned. It is not a Core 2 Quad, or a E8xxx series, but it comes very close to it in performance at almost a third of the cost. Be sure you have a good PSU (Power Supply Unit) around 600+ Watts with solid rails and good DDR2 RAM for a stable O/Cing. I highly recommend this for FSX users looking for improved performance, but at an affordable price.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Excellent RAM. Quality product. Can O/C like other well-known brands such as OCZ, Kingston, etc. Heatsinks do their job perfectly. Nice black finish vs. the crimson (pink) ADATA 2 Gigabyte kit is also a plus.
Other Thoughts: I've been using ADATA for the last two years in three system builds. Never had a bad (defective) stick yet. Will continue to use them well into the future. Highly recommend to anybody wanting quality RAM at reasonable prices.READ FULL REVIEW