I am looking for a cheap(<$70) motherboard to overclock. I had a good experience with GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L. But that board is no longer available from major online sites.
Why? I don't get it.
The closest one would be GIGABYTE GA-P31-ES3G. I read good reviews about GIGABYTE GA-P31-DSL. but that isn't available neither. Is GIGABYTE GA-P31-ES3G as good as GIGABYTE GA-P31-DSL in overclocking? They do have the same BIOS and the same HSF.
Any reason not to?
What is the difference between them anyway besides P31-DSL has 4 DIMM slots while P31-ES3G has only 2 slots? which doesn't bother me. However, they both have 3 PCI slots which has become rare in GIGABYTE's P43/P45 line.
The bottom line:
Can I overclock my exact same E2160 at 9x390 MHZ = 3.51 GHZ with GIGABYTE GA-P31-ES3G as I've already done that with GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L?
I want to find a good home for my E2160 while I am trying out Q6600 with my GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L.
Yes, I confirmed it. I was able to OC E2610 @ 3.51 Ghz with GA-P31-ES3G.
GA-P31-ES3G is as good as GA-P35-DS3L, but cheaper. Only noticeable difference seems to be 4 DIMM slots vs. 2 DIMM slots. They have the same Northridge HSF and the same BIOS which allows you to change FSB, CPU, and memory Freq and more importantly voltages.
GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L is no longer available and GA-P31-ES3G is the replacement.
I almost bought more expensive GIGABYTE's P45/P43 motherboard, but I couldn't see any reason to spend $100 to do so.