Gigabyte 965P-DS3/ E7200

By h_pavon
Jul 5, 2008
  1. Hello people, I guess the question is obvious from the title... I currently have a 965p-DS3 and was wondering if it supports E7200 with 45n architechture, maybe with latest bios upgrade!

    10x in Advance!
  2. DeepMartin

    DeepMartin TS Rookie Posts: 54

    this is the link from the Gigabyte website about your motherboard (REV 1.0 and REV 2.0) and it says "N/A = Not support"

    But REV 3.0 says IT DOES with the "F13x bios"

    So now its all up to what version of motherboard you have

    rev1 and rev2 = no
    rev3 = yes

    Its all because of the 1333MHz FSB
  3. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,455   +1,758

    That's a really new processor, it actually takes different, newer BIOS versions from even the E8400.

    This processor has a 1066Mhz FSB This from Intel's site
  4. h_pavon

    h_pavon TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 47

    Fortunately I got Rev.3.3 so I will have no problems with it...
    Thanks Everyone!
  5. DeepMartin

    DeepMartin TS Rookie Posts: 54

    U need to have the f13 bios before remember
  6. h_pavon

    h_pavon TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 47

    I bought the Gibabyte 965P-DS3 for US$135.00 about a year ago, from the many options offered at the time it was the thing to get. Best price/performance ratio, best reviews, etc... I guess my purchase still pays off.

    I've been a little outdated on motherboards lately (too much work)... I would like to know what is the best mobo purchase as of today, considering all the aspects mentioned above. I know from all the products out there it's dificult to select just one, 2 or 3 options will work if there are. I´ve come to like gigabyte mobo's maybe there's one as good as the 965P-DS3 from a year ago.

    Thanks in advance!
  7. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,455   +1,758

    Gigabyte it is Then.......

    Intel's 965 series chipsets are fine hard working offerings, but are starting to show their age. Most of the newest series C2D processors would require a BIOS update to function properly.

    Here are a couple of low to mid-priced Gigabyte boards, based in the newer Intel P35 chipset. Neither one is SLI capable, (1 X PCIE-16) in both. The P35 chipset is pretty much plug and play for all the newest CPUs.

    You didn't mention a price range that's why I started here:
  8. h_pavon

    h_pavon TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 47

    Many 10x captaincranky!
    The EP35-DS3L was one of my selections but I see the EP35C-DS3R has a few extras that might come handy in the long run, like DDR3 and more SATA support, too bad none of them include WiFi.

    I'm not a SLi or Crossfire fan and my OC days are over... I'm just looking for rock solid stability, compatibility and support from the manufacturer like bios updates, etc... I'm planning on buying an ATI 4870 and maybe the ram listed below, I'm not sure if DDR2 1066 or DDR3 gives noticeable performance over the good ol DDR2 800?

    Once again, many thanks for your replies!
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