Gigabyte GA-G31M-ES2L Motherboard Intel Core 2 Extreme Socket 775 Intel G31 Micro ATX Gigabit Ethernet £29.38 @ amazon.co.uk - delivered - HotUKDeals
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Product Description: Gigabyte GA-G31M-ES2L - motherboard - micro ATX - iG31
Product Type: Motherboard
Form Factor: Micro ATX
Dimensions (WxDxH): 24.4 cm x 19.4 cm
Chipset Type: Intel G31 Express / Intel ICH7
Multi-Core Support: Dual-Core / Quad-core
Max Bus Speed: 1333 MHz
Processor: 0 ( 1 ) - LGA775 Socket
Compatible Processors: Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Quad, Pentium Dual Core, Celeron 400 sequence, Celeron Dual Core
64-bit Processors Compatibility: Built-in
RAM: 0 MB (installed) / 4 GB (max)
Supported RAM Technology: DDR2 SDRAM
Storage Controller: ATA-100, Serial ATA-300
USB Ports Configuration: 8 x USB
Storage Ports Configuration: 1 x ATA, 4 x SATA
Graphics Controller: Intel GMA 3100 Dynamic Video Memory Technology 4.0
Audio Output: Sound card - 7.1 channel surround
Networking: Network adapter - Realtek RTL8111C - Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet
Microsoft Certification: Compatible with Windows 7
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#1
I have this mobo, runs OSX flawlessly with sleep, the works!! Though i think the rev2 has problems with ethernet possibly.

Also runs stable overclocking my E5300 from 2.6ghz to 3.6ghz.

Recommended!
#2
Nice spot
#3
I also installed this Motherboard in a customers PC recently and it was a bargain.
#4
4gb max RAM? Is that true?

Would this fit in an old Dell Dimension 5000 Case?
#5
Always found Gigabyte board to be the most reliable.
#6
its mATX so its very small, usually used for media Pc's therefore there is only 2 RAM slots to save on space.
#7
This motherboard does not support DDR3.
Price is nearly this same anywhere else.
I think I will go for motherboard with DDR3 support.
Cold.
#8
Crackin' deal. Good work OP. H&R added.

Wish I could find a deal even half as good as this on a P55 board :(
#9
Lost Symphonies
4gb max RAM? Is that true?


Yes, 2x2GB

Lost Symphonies


Would this fit in an old Dell Dimension 5000 Case?


I do not think so.This is a micro ATX motheboard, whilst the Dimension 5000 has,according to pcpro, micro BTX which is different, see the pictures enclosed .Just buy a new case.

http://www.pcper.com/images/reviews/262/13-ATX-BTX.gif
http://img.tomshardware.com/de/2005/11/22/zukunftssicher_atx_gehaeuse_mit_optionalen_btx_upgrade/atx-bax.jpg

The Gigabyte is a very good, inexpensive motherboard.
#10
scissorhands64
This motherboard does not support DDR3.
Price is nearly this same anywhere else.
I think I will go for motherboard with DDR3 support.
Cold.

I think this kind of board is meant for smaller, cooler systems like media centres so bleeding edge speed isn't required. I can understand if you want more but I don't think it's a reason to vote cold.
#11
scissorhands64
This motherboard does not support DDR3.
Price is nearly this same anywhere else.
I think I will go for motherboard with DDR3 support.
Cold.


Does any sub £100 S775 mobo have DDR3?

Heat added
1 Like #12
wightmad
Crackin' deal. Good work OP. H&R added.

Wish I could find a deal even half as good as this on a P55 board :(


If you'll settle for a P45, MSI Zilent P45 boards tend to drop to the £50 mark quite often. Flog the bundled Zalman 9700 cooler on eBay for £20, and, there you go. Keep hunting.

Regarding this deal, I'm not blown away by it. G31 motherboards like this are always around the £30 mark, so this is just the going rate.
#13
dxx
If you'll settle for a P45, MSI Zilent P45 boards tend to drop to the £50 mark quite often. Flog the bundled Zalman 9700 cooler on eBay for £20, and, there you go. Keep hunting.

Regarding this deal, I'm not blown away by it. G31 motherboards like this are always around the £30 mark, so this is just the going rate.


Thanks dxx - I'll have a look for one. [R added.] :thumbsup:
#14
djglenn1337
Does any sub £100 S775 mobo have DDR3?

Heat added


Here
#15
Not sure if a 100% hackintosh is completely possible with this mobo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZ0lZmiNEgc

Update: someone else posted this video with spec list so perhaps it does:

400W Xilence power
Case-Lian Li PC-V351
Motherboard-Gigabyte GA-G31M-ES2L - Motherboard - Mikro-ATX - iG31
Hard drive-Sata300 1.5 To western Caviar Green (64)
Processor-INTEL Core 2 Quad 2.5GHz Q8300 + Ventilateur [ LGA775 - 4MB - 45nm - 1333MHz]
DVD Player-SATA - DVD ± RW 8.5GB SONY OPTIARC AD-7241S LightScribe
PCI Card-Carte PCI FireWire 1394A (2x ext./1x int.) et USB2 (3x ext./1x int.)
Grafic card-MSI GF N8400GS-D512H 512MB DDR2 PCI-E VGA DVI PASSIVE
Two 22" acer screens
and for fun external hard drive 1.5 ta
works perfect thank you Nanan
#16
scissorhands64;8086160
This motherboard does not support DDR3.
Price is nearly this same anywhere else.
I think I will go for motherboard with DDR3 support.
Cold.



your knowledge
+
back of a postage stamp

= perfect fit.

.
#17
I recently brought this MB to build a HTPC system for my parents because I had some bits and pieces from my old PC lying around. It did the job the perfectly and it has some very good overclocking options, but rather than overclock the CPU I undervolted it because for their purposes they didn't need an overclocked machine.
#18
Actually, I think the guy arguing about the board not supporting DDR3 might be on to something. Check this benchmark out. DDR2 800MHz vs DDR3 1333MHz? Vroooooooooooooooooooooooooooom! 2fps, man, I'm blown away.
#19
The person who voted cold because this mobo doesn't support DDR3 must be a troll. Surely no one is that dumb?
#20
Had 2 Gigabyte motherboards in the past. An old AMD socket one I had was flawless. I had a Gigabyte Socket 775 motherboard as well but the sata controller died on it. I bought a DFI X48 motherboard to replace it and it is A LOT better (I did have a DOA DFI board though before that Socket 775 Gigabyte).

Anyway this board is similar priced elsewhere and old tech but is perfect for HTPCs. So hot from me.
#21
I think this has a single memory channel, unlike most boards. May not notice the difference in real life, but it will benchmark slower.
#22
[FONT=Arial][COLOR=black]GA-G31M-ES2L (rev. 1.x)[/COLOR][/FONT]
Intel® G31 + ICH7 Chipset
[LIST=1]
[*]Revolution energy saving design with Easy Energy Saver technology to FSB 1600 (O.C.)
[*]Supports Intel Core™ 2 multi-core and upcoming 45nm processors
[*]Solid capacitors and Ferrite core choke design in CPU VRM
[*][COLOR=red]Dual Channel DDR2 1066(O.C.) for remarkable system performance[/COLOR]
[*]Integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3100 (Intel GMA 3100)
[*]Features high speed Gigabit Ethernet
[*]Integrated 8 channel High Definition audio
[*]DualBIOS solution gives a multiple security to the system[/LIST]:whistling:
#23
dxx
Actually, I think the guy arguing about the board not supporting DDR3 might be on to something. Check this benchmark out. DDR2 800MHz vs DDR3 1333MHz? Vroooooooooooooooooooooooooooom! 2fps, man, I'm blown away.


Exactly - there is no performance benefit - only a slight power decrease which is of more interest to laptops - in the future DDR3 may have higher speeds and therefore higher performance but not today:

"The purpose of this comparison of DDR3 and DDR2 was to determine whether DDR3 really brought any better performance to the Core 2 platform. However, the test was designed so that any performance improvements that were brought by the new P35 (Bearlake) chipset would be captured and could be isolated. P35 supports either DDR2 or DDR3, and we found no real difference in current performance of DDR2 and DDR3 on the P35 platform."

- Simon.
#24
One reason to prefer DDR3 is that DDR2 RAM prices are likely to shoot up once everyone goes over to DDR3. See what's happened to the price of DDR RAM.
#25
^ +1

....Will happen


Stock up on DDR 2
#26
cRuNcHiE
I have this mobo, runs OSX flawlessly with sleep, the works!! Though i think the rev2 has problems with ethernet possibly.

Also runs stable overclocking my E5300 from 2.6ghz to 3.6ghz.

Recommended!


I have one too, runs nicely. I've never got sleep to work though. Any advice?!
#27
Anyone have an equivalent cheap AM2 (AMD) motherboard? My old PC's motherboard PCI-e slot has gone faulty and I need to swap it out. Something like this for around £29 would be a bargain.
Has to be a micro-ATX board like this one.
#28
I have this board, and setup the pc about 2 weeks ago.
Dual memory is fine, system works great for 29 notes.

cons
* USB mouse support took a while to figure out. Its not on by default on all ports - ps2 only.
* One of the usb ports will work for keyboard. In the end the front
(jacked in from the USB1 from the board) enabled me to control the bios setup so i could boot from cd rom and control the window setup!
Once your in you can then turn on usb keyboard support for all ports.

* no DVI - add another 25pounds, if you want a clear sharp picture to a big screen. (VGA @ 1900x1200 is horrible). Not only that obviously no HDCP support from it either.

But yes, other than that, very cheap, easy to overclock, and the sound is 6 channel which is fine.
#29
Lost Symphonies
4gb max RAM? Is that true?

Only two slots for RAM - that is a true sign of a budget board. I would pay 5 pounds more for 4 slots, but then again I have 8 GB of RAM in my machine...
#30
MrPuddington
Only two slots for RAM - that is a true sign of a budget board. I would pay 5 pounds more for 4 slots, but then again I have 8 GB of RAM in my machine...


It,s because of the form factor.

You will not find many M-Atx with 4 dimm slots
#31
#32
dontasciime
You will not find many M-Atx with 4 dimm slots

Well, you only need one, right? :-) And they are certainly there if you look for them.

Experience shows that upgrading RAM is the most likely and most effective upgrade for a PC. So I would not buy one where you can't do that. Ok, 4 GB is a bit of a barrier to hit, but still.
#33
MrPuddington
Well, you only need one, right? :-) And they are certainly there if you look for them.

Experience shows that upgrading RAM is the most likely and most effective upgrade for a PC. So I would not buy one where you can't do that. Ok, 4 GB is a bit of a barrier to hit, but still.


4gb is enough for most users under 32 bit and no messing on with PAE

Older M-atx boards seem to offer 4 dimms but use a chipset that is not sata 2 friendly.

*
#34
Surely 99.9% of pc users don't need even 4 GB ram????
#35
MrPuddington
Only two slots for RAM - that is a true sign of a budget board. I would pay 5 pounds more for 4 slots, but then again I have 8 GB of RAM in my machine...


Remember this is a microATX board designed to fit into a mini tower case, so space is limited. I have been using one of these for 18 months in a multimedia PC which i built to use in our living room, i have a graphics card with an HDMI output and a dual tuner DVB card and its excellent for watching BBCi player etc on our flat panel TV. I have 4GB (2 X 2GB) of ram running Windows 7 64 bit. I can only comment on my experience with it which has been faultless. :)
#36
MrPuddington
Well, you only need one, right? :-) And they are certainly there if you look for them.

Experience shows that upgrading RAM is the most likely and most effective upgrade for a PC. So I would not buy one where you can't do that. Ok, 4 GB is a bit of a barrier to hit, but still.


Rubbish, upgrading the processor is the most effective upgrade.As it's a low end board most people would look towards a E5400 and the extra 70 for your 4gb ram upgrade buys you a Q8400. 4gb is more than enough for most peoples needs anyway.
#37
probably one of the worst motherboards to buy currently!!!!

for starters it has no pci express AND relies on an AGP slot!!!

dont get me started on the DDR2.....

not a good offer - do not buy this motherboard!!!!

btw - i am running a 64bit system on 2gb ddr on windows 7.....the machine fly's...you dont need 4gb of ram.....its non sense.....

for an extra £11.83 you might as well invest in something more up to date
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Asrock-Motherboard-1600Mhz-4XDDR2-4XSATA/dp/B001EH6S2W/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1268412872&sr=1-9
#38
djglenn1337
Does any sub £100 S775 mobo have DDR3?

Heat added


Try less than half of £100 ;)

http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Motherboards/Socket+775+(Intel)/Gigabyte+GA-G41MT-ES2L+Intel+G41+(Socket+775)+DDR3+Micro-ATX+Motherboard+?productId=38912

I've been doing a bit of research as I've a Socket 775 Core 2 Quad Q6700 processor which frankly is still an excellent processor and the current DDR2 mobo is dying on me... totally unsure whether to go for 6gb DDR3 1600 & new DDR3 mobo or stick with a DDR2 mobo and use existing 6gb of DDR2 RAM I have. Next total rebuild I'd get an I7 with DDR3 but with the 775 processor I'm just not sure what to do for now... any suggestions? Will I really notice a massive difference going from 6gb of 800mhz DDR2 RAM to 6gb of 1600mhz DDR3 RAM? I know some basic stuff about PC builds and have built a few in the past but RAM speeds is something I'm a bit clueless about - any tips would help.
#39
Notis7
probably one of the worst motherboards to buy currently!!!!

for starters it has no pci express AND relies on an AGP slot!!!

dont get me started on the DDR2.....

not a good offer - do not buy this motherboard!!!!


Expansion Slots
1 x PCI Express x16 slot
1 x PCI Express x1 slot
2 x PCI slots

Go get started on DDR2 we could all do with a laugh!:roll:
#40
Notis7
probably one of the worst motherboards to buy currently!!!!

for starters it has no pci express AND relies on an AGP slot!!!

dont get me started on the DDR2.....

not a good offer - do not buy this motherboard!!!!


Are you having a laugh?

This board does not have an AGP slot it has PCI Express,

http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Products/Motherboard/Products_Overview.aspx?ProductID=3134

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