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Gigabyte GA-M52L-S3

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      03.05.2011 20:13
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      Gamers, look elsewhere.

      Myself being an avid PC user, decided to go with a custom build a few years ago as it is much cheaper than buying from stores, and often the PC has much much better performance for the same price or sometimes even less. Anyway, this is the motherboard that came with it as I decided not to change it because I would upgrade soon after.

      I am glad I did to be honest. First of all, if you're like me and have a DVD/R drive that uses a SATA connection (most modern drives do), and more than one hard drive then you are better off trying another motherboard as this one only features 2 SATA headers on the motherboard. This means 1 DVD drive and 1 hard drive, or 2 hard drives but NO DVD drive.

      The next thing that really annoyed me was the fact this motherboard allows for little overclocking which I was desperate to do, and the fact that this motherboard has the nForce 520LE chipset, which is getting very outdated now. The motherboard also only has an AM2 socket, with AM2+ capability but at the cost of some HT Link performance. (AM2 also means that the new Phenom II processors will not work with this motherboard).
      1 PCI-E port will also not satisfy the needs of people who intend to your SLI or CrossfireX in their system.

      If you are in need of a good, future-proof motherboard that will last you a long time, please look elsewhere, as AM3 motherboards are still very cheap (and support Phenom II).


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