Gigabyte unveils Intel 945-based Core 2 boards

While motherboards based on Intel's new P965 Express chipsets are getting all the attention, Gigabyte has taken the wraps off a whole line of Core 2-compatible motherboards based on Intel's older—and cheaper—945-series chipsets. The boards include the GA-945P-S3, GA-945PL-S3, GA-945GM-S2, GA-8I945GZME-RH, and a GA-945G-S3 that isn't yet up on Gigabyte's site. The GA-945GM-S2 and GA-8I945GZME-RH are both microATX offerings with integrated Intel GMA 950 graphics. With only two memory slots and no PCI Express x1 slots, the latter seems to be the more budget-oriented of the two.

At the high-end of Gigabyte's new introductions, the GA-945P-S3 and GA-945PL-S3 are virtually identical save for the fact that the 945PL chipset only supports front-side bus speeds up to 800MHz. This limitation will bottleneck Core 2 Duo E6000-series processors designed a 1066MHz front-side bus, but it could fit in with a rumored Core 2 Duo E4200 that will reportedly run at 1.6GHz with an 800MHz front-side bus.

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