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The Gigabyte GA-G31M-S2 is a chipset based motherboard that supports the Intel Core 2 multi-core and 45nm processors.

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Software component enables comprehensive setup - adjustment menus are detailed and accurate

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Excellent overall value at the price point - safely and securely pushes CPU and memory within smaller home computer setups

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Twin-channel design is ideal for Core 2 users - maximizes efficiency, keeping CPU expenditure low

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Functions very well during over-clocking - maintains low operative temperature with sufficient protection of important files and documents

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Micro-board design significantly increases unit compatibility - reduces installation time and reduces risk of damage

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Not recommended for larger PC setups - minimal space remains after inserting a powerful graphics card

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Lacks USB and Firewire connectivity - severely limits external device support

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The Gigabyte GA-G31M-S2 is a chipset based motherboard that supports the Intel Core 2 multi-core and 45nm processors. It comes equipped with an all-solid capacitator for CPU VRM, the PCI Express Interface, and has dual channel memory architecture.

The GA-G31M-S2 supports the Intel Core 2 Extreme processor/Intel Core 2 Quad processor/Intel Core 2 Duo processor/ Intel Pentium Dual-Core processor/ and Intel Celeron processors. It comes equipped with the all-solid capacitators design, which differs from the electrolytic capacitator design by offering a longer lifespan. The PCI Express Interface x16 offers twice the bandwidth as the regular PCI interface, for multi-purpose usage. This model also has dual channel DDR2 1066 memory architecture, which helps memory performance.
Model variations include the new version GA-G31M-S2L, which features DualBIOS (instead of the S2's Virtual DualBIOS) and the Easy Energy Saver (instead of S2's Dynamic Energy Saver Advanced).

Features
  • motherboard
  • supports the Intel Core 2 Extreme processor/Intel Core 2 Quad processor/Intel Core 2 Duo processor/ Intel Pentium Dual-Core processor/ and Intel Celeron processors
  • front side bus: 1600(O.C.)/1333/1066/800 MHz FSB
  • Intel G31 Express and intel ICH7 chipsets
  • 4GB system memory
  • all-solid capacitator design
  • PCI Express x16 Interface
  • DDR2 1066 dual channel memory
  • Virtual DualBIOS
  • Dynamic Energy Saver Advanced
  • Microsoft Windows Vista/XP operating systems
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