Released January, 2010
The Pros:BIOS has failsafe mode that allows peace of mind for inexperienced builders. Intuitive BIOS layout offers high degree of customization. High number of SATA and USB ports for this price point.
The Cons:Occasional stability problems when overclocking RAM. BIOS requires several updates out-of-box.
The Gigabyte GA-EP35C-DS3R is a midrange, socket 775 ATX motherboard designed for Intel Core 2, Pentium, and Celeron processors. It’s available in three formats, including the standard GA-EP35-DS3R, the GA-EP35-DS3L with 8-channel audio, and the premier GA-EP35-DS3P, which inherits everything from its predecessors and adds IEEE 1394a (x2) and an extra PCI Express x16 slot—meaning support for an ATI Crossfire configuration.
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Also featured on the standard are eight SATA ports with optional RAID, Gigabit LAN, and most importantly, Dynamic Energy Saver. This is a unique interface that lets users monitor CPU power consummation and then reduce it (like an underclocking ability). The one limiting factor is that all three models rely on DDR2 RAM.
- ATX Form Factor
- LGA 775 Socket
- Intel Core 2 Duo, Quad, Extreme
- Intel Pentium Extreme, D, 4 Extreme, 4
- Intel Celeron
- Intel G35 NorthBridge
- Intel ICH9R South Bridge
- Four DDR2 Slots (8GB Total)
- Intel G41 Integrated Graphics
- D-Sub Connectivity
- High-Definition Audio
- 2/4/5.1/7.1-Channel Audio
- S/PDIF In/Out
- Gigabit LAN
- PCI Express x16 (1)
- PCI Express x1 (3)
- PCI (3)
- SATA 3Gb/s (8)
- eSATA (Internal)
- RAID 0, 1, 5, 10
- USB 2.0 (12)
- Windows Vista/XP
- Gigabyte GA-EP35-DS3R | 7-Channel Audio
- Gigabyte GA-EP35-DS3P | 8-Channel Audio
- Gigabyte GA-EP35-DS3L | 8-Channel Audio, FireWire, Extra PCI Express x16
User Reviews (1)
BIOS has failsafe mode that allows peace of mind for inexperienced builders
Intuitive BIOS layout offers high degree of customization
High number of SATA and USB ports for this price point
Receptive to overclocking, especially for experienced users
Better integrated cooling features than many comparable boards
Offers more power-saving features than typical boards, good if not to be used for intense computing
Occasional stability problems when overclocking RAM
BIOS requires several updates out-of-box
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