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Intel's Budget Chipset Evolves - ECS G33 - Final Thoughts

We check out the ECS G33T-M2 (V1.0) motherboard based on Intel's GMA3100 graphics core and see if it is any good.

| Socket LGA 775 in Motherboards | Posted: Jan 1, 1970 12:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 8.0%      Manufacturer: ECS

Final Thoughts

 

It's clear that Intel has really put together a winner of a platform with the 3x series of chipsets. The P35 chipset has really given us something to look forward to, overclocking has already shown to be superior to that of the P965 chipset, and with the new G33 chipset for the value series, it's clear Intel has gone from strength to strength in recent times.

 

This is our first test of the GMA3100 series graphics core, and it's a definite improvement over that of the Q965 and G965 series, as it adds in DX9 support and also gains certification for Vista premium, a big bonus indeed. In DVMT mode, we see that the G33 is able to perform in basic tasks just as well as it would when using a discrete graphics setup.

 

ECS has a good product on its hands. It's definitely not the most feature-rich pack, it's a basic board at best. Without any digital video features or TV out, it's designed for the office environment, pure and simple.

 

Overall, the board has great potential for the workstation environment, as its price is extremely good for this type of board.

 

- Pros

 

G33 performs identical to P35 with discrete graphics

 

GMA3100 is a good basic IGP setup

 

Cheap

 

- Cons

 

Only 4 of the 6 SATA ports are used

 

No IDE port for DVD ROM drives

 

Rating - 8 out of 10

 

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