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The Gigabyte GA-G31M-ES2L is a chipset-based motherboard that supports the Intel Core 2 multi-core and 45nm processors.

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Easy to overclock; overclocking tends to be stable with little chance of overheating.

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Gigabyte does a good job of shipping out new units with the newest BIOS updates.

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Cons

PCI slots aren't very well spaced-bigger video cards may interfere with neighbouring PCI slots.

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Only two RAM DIMMS limit upgrading.

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Integrated sound card has problems working at all with operating systems other than Windows.

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The included manual is not very helpful, fails to properly outline supported RAM types.

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A little big for a microATX board, might fit a little too snugly in some HTPC cases.

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The Gigabyte GA-G31M-ES2L is a chipset-based motherboard that supports the Intel Core 2 multi-core and 45nm processors. It features Gigabyte's Easy Energy Saver, the On/Off Charge Support, as well as a 3x USB Power Boost.

The GA-G31M-ES2L features the Easy Energy Saver, which is able to dynamically adjust the power depending on the workload placed upon it, leading to power savings and efficiency. The On/Off Charge Support is technology that enables the user to charge the Apple iPod, iPhone, or iPad faster, as it will draw from more USB ports. The 3x USB power boost works hand in hand with this, and delivers extra power for USB devices, and promotes USB compatibility.
Model variations include the GA-G31M-ES2C, differences being in the LAN chip with the ES2C offering the AR8132 chip (10/100 Mbit), and the ES2L offering the AR8131 chip (10/100/1000 Mbit).

Features
  • chipset based motherboard
  • supports Intel Core 2 Extreme processor/ Intel Core 2 Quad processor/Intel Core 2 Duo processor/ Intel Pentium processor/Intel Celeron processors
  • front side bus: 1600(O.C.)/1333/1066/800 MHz FSB
  • Intel G31 Express and Intel ICH7 chipsets
  • 4 GB system memory
  • Easy Energy Saver
  • On/Off Charge Support
  • 3x USB Power Boost
  • High Definition Audio
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