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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
Earlier this week David Lin reviewed the Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3S and on the review bench today we have the GA-P31-DS3L from Gigabyte. This P31 motherboard supports Intel's Core 2 45nm processors, DDR2-1066 memory, all-solid capacitors, and many of the other innovations found on the GA-P35-DS3S. Nevertheless, is the GA-P31-DS3L that currently sells for about $75 USD able to perform well under Linux like the GA-P35-DS3S?
· Support for an Intel Core 2 Extreme / Core 2 Quad / Core 2 Duo / Pentium EE / Pentium D / Pentium 4 EE / Pentium 4 / Celeron
· LGA-775 Processor Support
· Support for Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
· Realtek ALC888 codec
· RTL 8111B chip (10/100/1000 Mbit)
The accessories included with the Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3S were not as elaborate as some of the items included with the high-end ASUS and Abit motherboards, but more than enough to get an enthusiast going on a new PC build. The accessories with the GA-P31-DS3L were sufficient as well and had included two SATA cables, one ribbon IDE cable, one ribbon FDD cable, Windows driver CD, I/O panel, Gigabyte case sticker, and product documentation. For such a low price tag, the included accessories or there the lack of are certainly justified.