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Intel's Budget Chipset Evolves - ECS G33 (Page 14)

By Cameron Johnson on Jul 1, 2007 at 11:00 pm CDT - 1 min, 7 secs reading time for this page
Rating: 80%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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