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The Gigabyte GA-EP43-DS3R is one of four products in Gigabyte's low-end P43 series motherboards.

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Pros

Energy Saver tool noticeably reduces power consumption.

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Full RAID support at a low price point.

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Good amount of SATA ports for a non-enthusiast board.

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Plenty of USB ports on the back panel (8 compared to the standard 6).

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Stable performance even when overclocking.

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Cons

Overclocking is a fairly complex process especially compared to newer boards.

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BIOS layout can be a bit confusing, counter-intuitive especially for those not used to navigating one.

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Supports dated LGA775 processors, DDR2 RAM.

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The Gigabyte GA-EP43-DS3R is one of four products in Gigabyte's low-end P43 series motherboards. Some similiar models include the Gigabyte GA-EP43-DS3, Gigabyte GA-EP43-DS3L, and the Gigabyte-EP43-S3L motherboards. The Gigabyte EP43-DS3R motherboard features socket LGA 775 CPU support for compatibility with Intel Core 2 Extreme, Core 2 Quad, Core 2 Duo, Pentium Dual-Core and Celeron processors. The DS3R supports a FSB (Front Side Bus) of 1333, 1066, and 800 MHz regularly as well as 1600MHz through overclocking. For memory it provides four 240 pin DIMM slots with support for dual channel DDR2 1200, 1066, 800 and 667 MHz up to a maximum of 16GB total. The DS3R also sports the Realtek ALC888 codec providing audio support for 2, 4, 5.1, and 7.1-channel digital or analog high definition audio. Included expansion slots for hardware upgrades are as follows; 1 PCI-E x16 Gen 2.0, 1 PCI-E x4 Gen 1.0, 1 PCI-E and 4 PCI. The DS3R also includes 8 USB 2.0 ports with an extra internal header for up to 12 USB 2.0 ports total, ATA133 support, 6 SATA 3GB/s connectors, 2 system fan headers, 1 power fan header, 1 coaxial S/PDIF Out, 1 optical S/PDIF Out, 2 IEEE 1394a ports, and 1 RJ-45 port. The Gigabyte GA-EP43-DS3R was released on September 25, 2008 and has an MSRP of $119.99.

Extra Gigabyte application support includes DualBIOS (2 onboard BIOS chips, one for backup), Easytune 6 overclocking software, and extra power saving functionality for all included hardware through Gigabytes dynamic energy saving technology. 

Features
  • Chipset: Intel P43    
  • Socket: LGA 775
  • CPU Support: Intel Core 2 Extreme, Core 2 Quad, Core 2 Duo, Pentium Dual-Core, Celeron and Intel 45nm multi-core processors
  • FSB: 1333/1066/800MHz; 1600MHz available through overclocking
  • Memory Support: Dual Channel DDR2 1200/1066/800/667 MHz up to a maximum of 16GB total
  • Audio Chipset: Realtek ALC888
  • Audio: 2/ 4/ 5.1/ 7.1-channel high definition audio
  • LAN Chipset: Realtek 8111C; gigabit LAN (10/100/1000 Mbit)
  • 1 PCI-E x16 Gen 2.0, 1 PCI-E x4 Gen 1.0, 1 PCI-E and 4 PCI
  • Up to 12 USB 2.0 ports total (8 ports on rear panel)
  • ATA133 support, 6 SATA 3GB/s connectors, 2 system fan headers, 1 power fan header, 1 coaxial S/PDIF Out, 1 optical S/PDIF Out, 2 IEEE 1394a ports, and 1 RJ-45 port
  • Gigabyte DualBIOS technology
  • Gigabyte Easytune 6 overclocking software
  • Gigabytes dynamic energy saving technology
  • Dimensions: 30.5cm by 24.4cm; ATX form factor
  • Release Date: 06/11/2008
  • MSRP: $119.99
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