Gigabyte updates LGA 775 boards as demand grows
Ryan Martin / 5 years ago
For a large proportion of computer users the ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it’ principle applies and this is certainly the case with Intel’s LGA 775 platform. Even though Intel are discontinuing LGA 775 there is still substantial demand for the remaining stock which is falling in price as retailers look to clear stock. This combined with the relatively high prices of DDR2 compared to DDR3 (4GB DDR2 ~£40 and 4GB DDR3 ~£20) has made a lot of people look to getting a DDR3 capable LGA 775 board.
Consequently Gigabyte have updated a popular LGA 775 board (GA-EG41MFT-US2H) that has DDR3 support, as for many customers it is cheaper to buy a new board and some DDR3 than it is to invest in some high density DDR2 modules for an existing board. Not to mention the fact DDR3 RAM brings lower power consumption and better bandwidth.
The new board features improved quality VRM in a 3+1 Phase and an updated Ethernet chip to bring improved speed and stability. In addition to that everything else remains the same :
‘The processor is wired to Intel’s G41 northbridge. Surprisingly, its graphics controller gives out an HDMI connection apart from DVI and D-Sub. It is wired to four DDR3 DIMM slots, supporting up to 8 GB of memory. Expansion slots include two PCI, one each of PCI-Express 1.1 x16 and PCIe x1. The ICH7 southbridge drives four SATA 3 Gb/s ports, and an IDE connector. The gigabit ethernet controller has been updated to RTL8111E, from the 8111D found on the older revision. Other features include 8-channel HD audio, Firewire, FDC, COM, and a number of USB 2.0 ports’
So if you have a DDR2 LGA 775 board, now has never been a better time to buy an upgrade to DDR3 as prices fall on LGA 775 boards, processors and DDR3 RAM.