Reviewed by cw2010031036 at @ 11:14 AM Dec 03, 2007
Gigabyte routinely scores highly in product reviews, and for good reason; they have some of the finest engineering talent on the planet. This transition board features support for (slow) DDR3 and the coming 45 nm Intel processors, so it will be possible to keep it on the cutting edge longer than competitors designs. The DDR3 support is nice, but it's questionable as to whether the higher latency of DDR3 can be offset by the higher bus speeds. Currently, it can not; but that is changing.
The board ships as a revision 2.0 design; but the photos on the Direct Canada website show the earlier Revision 1.0 board. One of the differences is that the Rev 2 board has no supplied Com A or LPT printer ports; the pinouts are on the motherboard, but you must supply and install your own cable interface. On the plus side, you get 8 USB 2.0 ports on the rear instead of a Com A and LPT port - and there are more USB pinouts on the board, as well, for possible case plugin support.
Hard core technical information has always been hard to obtain from the Gigabyte website; they sorta try, but you can tell their heart really isn't into translating technical documents. This is not a flaw limited to Gigabyte; it plagues most motherboard manufacturers.
The bottom line is that the P35C-DS3R is a superbly engineered board, but you may have to take guidance from the many enthusiast forums out there in getting the most out of it; and if you're still using a parallel port printer (like my HP Laserjet 4P) or using a COM A port for anything (like my flight simulator controller) you'll need to find an insert with the appropriate ports, and connect it to the pinouts on the motherboard yourself.
December 3, 2007 - Charlie Worton
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