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Roundup: Six Core 2 Motherboards Under $100

G45T-M2 Software, BIOS, And Accessories

The G45T-M2 installation CD doesn’t include applications beyond the driver pack, so we can jump straight to its BIOS settings.

BIOS Frequency and Voltage settings (for overclocking)
FSB FrequencyStock to 500 MHz (1 MHz)
Clock Multiplier AdjustmentNo
DRAM RatiosUp to DDR2-800
PCIe ClockNot Adjustable
CPU VcoreNot Adjustable
CPU FSB VoltageNot Adjustable
Northbridge (MCH)Not Adjustable
Southbridge (ICH)Not Adjustable
DRAM Voltage+0.05 V, +0.10 V, +0.15 V
CASLatencyRange
tCAS:3-7; tRCD: 3-10; tRP: 3-10; tRAS: 9-24

Unlike motherboards that are specifically targeted at overclockers, the ECS G45T-M2 does not support overclocked memory speeds such as DDR2-1066 or DDR2-1200. Its menus are also far more basic.

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G45T-M2 Frequency and Voltage controls are limited to CPU FSB clock and DRAM over-voltage. Unfortunately, the FSB clock control didn’t function at all with our Core 2 Duo E8600, and altering our DDR2-800 memory timings caused severe instability. The G45T-M2 is the only motherboard in today’s comparison that was forced to use DDR2-800 memory speed at loose CAS 5 timings.

Accessories

Accessories
Documentation&SoftwareMotherboard ManualMotherboard Driver CD
Hardware1x DVI to HDMI Cable Adapter4x SATA Data Cable1x 4-pin to SATA power adapter1x I/O Panel Shield

ECS devoted a big chunk of the G45T-M2’s expense in the chipset, cutting costs in places like software and accessories. Still, we’re glad to see that this DVI-supporting motherboard includes an HDMI adapter.

Thomas Soderstrom
Thomas Soderstrom is a Senior Staff Editor at Tom's Hardware US. He tests and reviews cases, cooling, memory and motherboards.
  • V3NOM
    interesting, although pretty much anyone building a P775 system these days would spend a bit more than $100... and somethings really weird with this commenting thing cos i can't read what i'm typing... it just ... doesnt fill the box? just when i type something it instantly goes to the left instead of filling the box... but anyway, interesting if a bit useless article.
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  • cangelini
    FWIW, the issue with text disappearing from the commenting box as you're typing is something I've reported and m waiting for a fix still. Thanks for confirming that it's still an issue.
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  • rjcorrin
    Yes - everyone has money shooting out of their pantless ass to buy more expensive motherboards. I use a gigabyte Ep35 DS3L and am very happy with it. What is a >$100 board going to give me? Is it just that you want to waste money? I'm guessing you are one of those people who carry a balance on your credit card and lease a Lexus - you debt-carrying phag.
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  • jsc
    "What is a >$100 board going to give me?

    I have a DS3P becuae i need the exrta SATA ports.
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  • I run the I.T. department for a couple small businesses, and the sub $100 motherboard is almost essential in today's economy. Sure I could use a $120-$150 motherboard, DDR3, 10000 RPM hard drive, and all kinds of other things, but I would end up with a system that is only marginal faster in business applications for 3+ times the price. Take one of the G3x or G4x motherboards, 2GB DDR2, Intel E7x00 CPU and 80GB+ HDD and you have a system that will meet the needs of a good majority of businesses and home users. I am personally a gamer and can see the value in the higher end components; but there are a lot of other market segments out there where this makes financial sense.
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  • rjcorrin
    "I have a DS3P becuae i need the exrta SATA ports."
    The DS3L has 4 Sata ports which could easily handle 3 terabytes and a DVD drive. You could have saved money by editing down your porn collection and deleting your stolen .iso's of the entire "Friday the 13th" collection. Then you would have had enough space to install "Mavis Beacon Teaches Touch Typing". That would give you something else to do with your hands during your "adult film" marathons.
    Did you happen to notice that the comment box detects your errors and underlines them in red?
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  • rjcorrin
    "I have a DS3P becuae i need the exrta SATA ports."
    The DS3L has 4 Sata ports which could easily handle 3 terabytes and a DVD drive. You could have saved money by editing down your porn collection and deleting your stolen .iso's of the entire "Friday the 13th" collection. Then you would have had enough space to install "Mavis Beacon Teaches Touch Typing". That would give you something else to do with your hands during your "adult film" marathons.
    Did you happen to notice that the comment box detects your errors and underlines them in red?
    Reply
  • gaiden2k7
    I got a Gigabyte UD3P for $99 during black friday... would that top this list? :)
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  • Noya
    I got a Gigabyte UD3P for $84.50 during Black Friday, pwned you ninja gaiden fag.
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  • malveaux
    Wait, no AMD stuff?

    :(
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