Gigabyte GA-P35C-DS3R Motherboard Review
Patrick "MACMAC" MacMillan
With the arrival of DDR3, the memory and motherboard sectors are in a period of transition. What this ultimately means for consumers is that the products you buy today, likely wont be compatible with the hardware of tomorrow. However, Gigabyte has ingeniously found a way to circumvent this rule. TechGage has just reviewed the Gigabyte GA-P35C-DS3R, an Intel P35-based motherboard with both DDR2 and DDR3 memory slots.
Lets see what they had to say:
When all said and done, I am going to rate the P35C-DS3R an 8 out of 10 on the Techgage scale. With what we've been delivered, I feel the board is about $20 more expensive than it should be, but I believe that's because of the combo RAM functionality, but functionality I can't see many people using. Even still, for the price, this is a stable board for regular consumers and enthusiasts alike. It doesn't offer explosive overclocking ability, but even at 450FSB, the board appeared completely stable. The ASUS P5K boards performed better in almost all of the tests, but they cost upwards of $60 more, but also include WiFi and slightly better overclocking ability. With those facts in mind, the ultimate decision is yours.
If you are someone who doesnt upgrade very often, then this motherboard was meant for you. Priced a mere $20 above standard DDR2-only motherboards, it is a much better option than having to change your motherboard in the future. Overall, it seems like a top-notch product for the non-enthusiast crowd.
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