GIGABYTE Technology Corporation is one of the Tier-1 motherboard manufacturers out of Taiwan. ASUS is number one in terms of motherboards sold, with over a third of all motherboards sold on the market today by ASUS. GIGABYTE has been around for over 20 years, providing quality motherboards, video cards and other computer related equipment. They manufacture motherboards based on chipsets from NVIDIA, Intel, ATI and others that might be of interest.
Intel released the LGA-775 platform in April of 2004. Oh my, where did two years go? It seems that with each new upgrade to the CPU there's also a new upgrade to their motherboard chipsets. Dual Core CPUs brought the 955X chipset, replacing the 925X for the high-end, with the 945 chipset replacing the 915 chipset at the mainstream. Last year in November they released the 975X chipset to support the new 65 nanometer processors, and allow for two graphics cards to work in x8 mode each (Crossfire support). The board on the test bench today is the GIGABYTE 965 DS3 motherboard. Before going into the GIGABYTE board review I thought it pertinent to review the new 965 chipset features.