P35 Series from Gigabyte


The model with on-board video based on G33 chipset is called GA-G33M-DS2R and you can see it in Figure 3. It still has one x16 PCI Express slot, so you will be able to disable its on-board video and add a “real” video card on it in the future, if you like to. It also has an x4 PCI Express slot, two PCI slots and four DDR2 sockets, supporting up to 8 GB and dual channel mode, of course.

Gigabyte G33Figure 3: Gigabyte GA-G33M-DS2R.

As we mentioned, G33 and P35 chipsets do not have parallel IDE and floppy disk drive ports. So Gigabyte added on this motherboard a small JMicron JMB368 chip to add these features to this board.

Gigabyte G33Figure 4: JMicron JMB368 chip adds one parallel IDE and one floppy disk drive port to this motherboard.

For the mainstream market the model Gigabyte is releasing is called GA-P35-DS3R. As you can see in Figure 5, it has one x16 PCI Express slot, three x1 PCI Express slots, three PCI slots and four DDR2 sockets, supporting up to 8 GB and dual channel mode, of course. It also has a “Gigabyte SATA2” chip (a relabeled JMicron chip) bringing two extra SATA-300 ports to the board (for a total of eight SATA-300 ports) and also support to parallel IDE and floppy disk drives.

Gigabyte P35Figure 5: Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3R.

Gigabyte P35Figure 6: Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3R rear panel. All models have optical and coaxial SPDIF outputs soldered on the board.

Let’s now talk about the models supporting DDR3.

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Author: Gabriel Torres

Gabriel Torres is a Brazilian best-selling ICT expert, with 24 books published. He started his online career in 1996, when he launched Clube do Hardware, which is one of the oldest and largest websites about technology in Brazil. He created Hardware Secrets in 1999 to expand his knowledge outside his home country.

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