Friday, March 10, 2006

Article: Intel® Desktop Board D101GGC Review (Embracing 3rd Party Chipset?) - Part III

I have finally brought up the third and final part of the review of this motherboard. I have been procrastinating, and wasn't really able to post this last and I believe, important part of the review. I have been excited in posting the earlier results of the review, so I just went ahead and post the first two parts. You can read the articles here (Part I) and here (Part II). Go ahead and read Part III to check the conclusion of the article.

Anyway, to make a long story short, I am able to bump clock speed. I manage to hit a very stable and healthy 1.2GHz above the stock clock speed. Now, this is a very respectable speed. Why? Because without any kind of voltage tweak, no option in the BIOS, running on a stock fan, I am only using a 320w super old Delta Electronics power supply on a cheap chassis. The benchmark results are nothing to sneeze at as well as it offered tremendous increase in performance. The motherboard also allows a cheaper processor such as this Intel® Pentium® 4 506 to perform beyond its current capabilities. If you have any doubts about the screenshot, here's the validation link. With a 2.66GHz processor to a 3.8GHz processor on a supposedly non-overclockable board, I can't complain!

Source:Article: Intel® Desktop Board D101GGC Review (Embracing 3rd Party Chipset?) - Part III


Ashok said...

I was researching about this motherboard and stumbled upon your wonderful blog. I am in the process of upgrading my system and I wanted 915GAV motherboard. However, that is in short supply and I am offered this one. I want to ask you if this motherboard is better than 915GAV performance wise, or should I go for some 945 version. I would appreciate a lot if you could drop you recommendation in a single line at

Thanking you in anticipation.


death_metal said...

Welcome to the FanBoy TechWeb site Ashok, and takes for the heartful comment.

This particular board is better than the D915GAV. However, do note that this board is on mATX factor, and hence, doesn't have too many PCI slots. If you intend not to put too many add on peripherals on the PCI slot, then this is the best route.

As for the i945, I'd say, if you have $$$ to spend, then don't hesitate to get it. This is because the D945 series offers dual channel memory and DDR2 support, and thus, provides better "longevity" than D101GGC that runs on single channel and DDR1.

GrungeMachine said...

Hey death_metal. Thank you for this excellent review. I was planning to buy a new M/b and searched the entire net 4 nothin'. This is an excellent review for a noob like me.

Thanks again and keep up the good work!! :-D

death_metal said...

You are most welcome :). Lots of reviews on the net are geared for high-end enthusiast or upper mainstream market. Very few really pay attention to low-end of the stick system =)