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The motherboard or mainboard is the component that connects all the different parts of your computer. Often it has some integrated components like a sound card, enabling your computer to play sound, or a network card, to connect your computer to the network. The standard form factor (size) for motherboards is ATX, you need at least a midi-tower to fit one of those in. Micro-ATX motherboards are often more complete and have more onboard devices, like a video board and fit in smaller cases, but are generally less expandable.
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Included since: 09 Mar 2007
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Info modified on: 18 May 2016 16:35:35
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Long product name Gigabyte GA-946GM-DS2 Motherboard:
The short editorial description of Gigabyte GA-946GM-DS2 Motherboard
LGA775, Core™2 Extreme Quad-Core / Core™2 Duo / Intel® Pentium® Extreme/ Intel® Pentium® D, 1066 FSB, 4 DDR II DIMM, Intel® 945GZ, 6 USB 2.0, 4 SATA, Gigabit Ethernet, 7.1 Audio, Micro ATX

Marketing text Gigabyte GA-946GM-DS2 Motherboard

The official marketing text of Gigabyte GA-946GM-DS2 Motherboard as supplied by the manufacturer
Quad Core Optimized
GA-946GZ-DS2 supports latest Intel Core2 Extreme Quad Core processors, manufactured using a 65nm silicon technology, Intel's latest high performance CPU delivers the most energy-efficient performance available today. Based on Intel's Micro Architecture, the Intel Core 2 Extreme Quad Core processors with 4 cores and two shared L2 caches provide the best capability-per-watt solutions and are an ideal choice for multi-media enthusiasts and intensive multi-tasking environments. This cutting-edge processor offers significant performance boosts and provides an overall more energy efficient platform.

Windows Vista Premium Logo Certified
Windows Vista Premium promises to deliver a streamlined computing experience designed to fundamentally change how users view, find and organize their digital information. With P965/G965/946/945 solutions all enabling support for Vista Premium, GIGABYTE offers a fresh and unique desktop experience that will be more informative, intuitive and completely new.

Durability Enhanced-The Industry's Leading All-Solid Capacitor motherboard Design
To ensure a longer for systems in daily operation and boost system stability under extreme conditions, this platform adopts cutting-edge Conductive Polymer Aluminum Solid Capacitors from the world's leading vendors. With these high-quality components , users can take advantage of better electronic conductivity and excellent heat resistance for enhanced system durability.

The Smart featured motherboards of GIGABYTE S-series provide GIGABYTE proprietary innovative software such as Download Center, @BIOS, Q-Flash, Xpress Install, Boot menu, and Smart Fan. BIOS and driver management now becomes much easier and user friendly through GIGABYTE Smart features!...more

Safe is the key feature of GIGABYTE S-series motherboards with the following elements: Excellent hardware design reinforced BIOS protection through GIGABYTE Virtual Dual BIOS Technology and GIGABYTE BIOS Setting Recovery Technology. Unique system software such as Xpress Recovery 2, PC Health Monitor, HDD S.M.A.R.T., and C.O.M. further strengthen the stability and reliability of your PC!...more

Intel® 946GZ Express Chipset
The Intel 946GZ Express Chipset delivers outstanding graphic performance with Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3000 graphics core, and enhances system performance through high-bandwidth interfaces such as dual-channel DDR2 memory, 800 MHz system bus, PCI Express x16 graphics port and PCI Express x1 I/O ports, Serial ATA 3.0 Gb/s and Hi-Speed USB 2.0 connectivity.

Intel Next-Generation Core™2 Duo Processor
Leading the silicon process technology from 90nm to 65nm, the Intel new-generation CPU transistors deliver more energy-efficient performance than anyone. Based on the Intel's next generation Micro Architecture, the Intel Core ™2 Duo processor with two cores and shared L2 caches provides the best capability-per-watt solutions. The cutting-edge processor the significant performance boosts and better energy efficient platform

PCI Express Interface
Revolutionary PCI Express interface provides scalable bandwidth for multi-purpose usage. PCI-E x16 interface delivers the utmost graphics experience; PCI-E x1interface delivers twice the bandwidth of PCI interface up to 250MB/s for new generation I/O peripheral devices.

Superior Dual channel DDR2 667 Architecture
Get a jump in memory performance with the advanced technology of DDR2! Through GIGABTYE engineering, we had overcome the chipset limitations of DDR2 667/533 delivering superior performance for the most demanding applications.

Gigabit LAN connectivity
The Gigabit network interface delivers a high speed LAN connection with data transfer rate up to 1000Mb/s, providing new generation connectivity for the broadband era. Gigabit LAN is ideally for seamless internet connection such as streaming audio and video contents.

SATA 3Gb/s storage interface
SATA 3Gb/s is the latest generation of Serial ATA interface speed that doubles bus bandwidth from 1.5Gb/s to 3Gb/s. SATA 3Gb/s facilitates bandwidth aggregation for multiple devices, enabling max through put as well as, higher cache through put performance in single drive configurations.

8 channel Intel® High Definition Audio (by cable)
Intel® High Definition Audio enables premium digital sound in the PC for an immersive surround sound experience. In addition, Intel® HD Audio delivers multiple audio channels in your PC so you can listen to two different streams simultaneously in two separate rooms.

RoHS compliant
As a member of the global community to look after the environment, Gigabyte complies with the European Union's Restriction of use of certain Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive which limits the use of lead, mercury, cadmium and other hazardous substances in electronic products.. From components and material selection to production processes, make up of accessories, packaging/color boxes etc; GIGABYTE has carefully examined and designed this product to be 100% RoHS compliant. GIGABYTE will continue to develop RoHS compliant PC components and commit valuable resources to promoting and advancing RoHS directive goals and objectives.
Short summary description Gigabyte GA-946GM-DS2 Motherboard:
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Gigabyte GA-946GM-DS2, Intel, Socket T (LGA 775), Micro ATX, Gigabit Ethernet, Realtek RTL8111B, Realtek ALC888
Long summary description Gigabyte GA-946GM-DS2 Motherboard:
This is an auto-generated long summary of Gigabyte GA-946GM-DS2 Motherboard based on the first three specs of the first five spec groups.
Gigabyte GA-946GM-DS2. Maximum internal memory: 4 GB. Processor family: Intel, Processor socket: Socket T (LGA 775). Networking features: Gigabit Ethernet, LAN controller: Realtek RTL8111B. Motherboard form factor: Micro ATX, Audio output channels: 7.1, Audio system: Realtek ALC888. Width: 9.61" (24.4 cm), Depth: 9.17" (23.3 cm)
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Number of memory slots
Maximum internal memory
The maximum internal memory which is available in the product.
4 GB
Processor family*
A family of processors is a group of processors produced by one company over a short period of time e.g. Intel Pentium processors.
Processor socket*
Mechanical component(s) that provides mechanical and electrical connections between a microprocessor and a printed circuit board (PCB). This allows the processor to be replaced without soldering.
Socket T (LGA 775)
Internal I/O
USB 2.0 connectors*
The end of a cable with a USB 2.0 connector. USB 2.0 was released in April 2000 (now called "Hi-Speed"), adding higher maximum signaling rate of 480 Mbit/s (effective throughput up to 35 MB/s or 280 Mbit/s), in addition to the "USB 1.x Full Speed" signaling rate of 12 Mbit/s. USB 2.0 connectors are usually colored black.
Chassis intrusion connector
CD/AUX audio in
Floppy disk drive connector
Number of chassis fan connectors
Azalia Digital Header (ADH) connector
Power fan connector
EZ plug connector
Front panel audio connector
Number of Parallel ATA connectors*
The number of connectors (with wires) for parallel ATA (PATA), which is an interface standard for the connection of storage devices such as hard disks, floppy drives, and optical disc drives in computers.
CPU fan connector
Number of EATX power connectors
S/PDIF out connector
Number of COM connectors
ATX Power connector (24-pin)
Number of SATA connectors
Back Panel I/O Ports
USB 2.0 ports quantity*
USB 2.0 ports have a data transmission speed of 480 Mbps, and are backwards compatible with USB 1.1 ports. You can connect all kinds of peripheral devices to them.
Back Panel I/O Ports
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity *
Number of Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports (connecting interfaces) in the device. Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports allow a computer to connect to the ethernet.
COM ports quantity
WiFi-AP antenna jack
Serial ports quantity
The number of serial ports in a computer or peripheral. A serial port is a serial communication physical interface through which information transfers in or out one bit at a time. The term "serial port" usually identifies hardware more or less compliant to the RS-232 standard, intended to interface with a modem or with a similar communication device. In modern computers and peripherals, serial ports have largely been replaced by USBs and other interfaces.
PS/2 ports quantity *
The number of PS/2 connectors for keyboards and mice. Its name comes from the IBM Personal System/2.
Parallel ports quantity
The number of parallel ports. Parallel ports, also known as printer ports, are a type of interface found on computers (personal and otherwise) for connecting peripherals. In computing, a parallel port is a parallel communication physical interface. Parallel ports were common in the 1980s and '90s (mostly conforming to industry standard IEEE 1284) but are now being replaced by USBs and other ports.
Headphone outputs
Number of sockets /ports where headphones are connected.
Microphone in
The socket where a microphone is connected to the device.
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity *
Number of VGA (D-Sub) ports (connecting interfaces) in the device. The VGA (D-Sub) connector is a 15 pin connector between a computer and a monitor. It was first introduced in 1987 by IBM.
S/PDIF out port
S/PDIF (Sony/Philips Digital Interconnect Format) is a digital audio interconnect used in consumer audio equipment over relatively short distances. The signal is transmitted over either a coaxial cable with RCA connectors or a fibre optic cable with TOSLINK connectors.
LAN controller
Realtek RTL8111B
Networking features
Gigabit Ethernet
Motherboard form factor *
Design of the motherboard (ATX, BTX etc).
micro ATX
Audio output channels *
An audio output channel is an electric circuit which acts as a path for a signal produced by a device. A device may have several audio output channels.
Audio system
System used to play music or speech.
Realtek ALC888
Parallel processing technology support
Parallel processing technology is the simultaneous use of more than one CPU or processor core to execute a program or multiple computational threads. Ideally, parallel processing makes programs run faster because there are more engines (CPUs or Cores) running it. In practice, it is often difficult to divide a program in such a way that separate CPUs or cores can execute different portions without interfering with each other. Most computers have just one CPU, but some models have several, and multi-core processor chips are becoming the norm. There are even computers with thousands of CPUs.
Expansion Slots
Expansion slots
List of I/O expansion card slots; including quantity of each
1 x PCI Express x 16
1 x PCI Express x 1
2 x PCI
Weight & Dimensions
Width *
The measurement or extent of something from side to side.
9.61" (244 mm)
Depth *
The distance from the front to the back of something.
9.17" (233 mm)
Other features
Graphics controller
Also known as a graphics coprocessor; similar to a microprocessor ordinarily found on graphics accelerator cards. It processes the graphics to create dots and lines on-screen.
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3000
Special features
Download Center
Xpress Install
Xpress Recovery2
Virtual Dual BIOS