Sunday, September 7th 2008

New Galaxy G31 Motherboard Provides Solid Overclocking Under $50

Over the years, market trends show entry-level discrete graphics on the decline. People would rather choose a motherboard with onboard graphics. Industry heavy-weights such as AMD and NVIDIA sought to cash in on that trend by introducing desktop chipsets with nearly the same amounts of graphics processing power as those of discrete graphics at the grass-root level. For companies like Galaxy, a partner of NVIDIA, it meant moving from selling high-end nForce 680i motherboards to some inexpensive ones while continuing to sell graphics cards. Earlier, they had come up with an Intel Atom embedded ATX motherboard. This time around its their micro-ATX motherboard called iG31MX, based on the Intel G31 desktop chipset that's making news for an impressive performance with its overclocking capabilities.

Using a Wolfdale E5200 CPU that has a stock speed of 2.50 GHz, this board allowed overlocking up to 3.25 GHz at reference vCore value of 1.2 V. With the voltage stepped up to 1.36 V, the board took that limit further up to 3.68 GHz. An impressive feat given the market position of this motherboard and a price tag of US $43. The board powers the CPU using a 3 phase circuit, provides two memory slots and integrated Intel GMA 3100 graphics. Galaxy made sure this board was fat-free so it could be delivered at a low price-point. It features the older ICH7 southbridge, only one PCI slot apart from a PCI-Express x16, 6-channel audio and 10/100 ethernet interface. The PCB is cut to size with just enough area to seat all the components. The essentials are taken care of sans the bells and whistles.

Source: Expreview
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23 Comments on New Galaxy G31 Motherboard Provides Solid Overclocking Under $50

#1
tigger
I'm the only one
Not bad for a £25ish motherboard at all.
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#2
Baum
perfect office OC :roll: for that price is nice to see such a stable OC and maybe it's a good point for cheap PC to get the last out of that!
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#3
tcorbyn
WOW! Thats going to be going in ALL by budget pcs from now on! Could we see some screens with realtemp? Its just core temp never gives accurate readings. Do we know what cooler was used? Most importantly when and where can I get one?!
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#4
aCid888*
this sure does look like a Gigabyte board lol

Either way it OCs pretty damn well and for the price you cant really go wrong :toast:
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by: aCid888*
this sure does look like a Gigabyte board lol

Either way it OCs pretty damn well and for the price you cant really go wrong :toast:
Galaxy is a divison of GIGABYTE, if i am not wrong
#6
Viscarious
Damn nice indeed. Too bad theres only one pci slot.
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#7
PCpraiser100
Lemme guess, the PCI-E slot for the graphics card the PCI slot for a network or sound card. Decisions decisions.....
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#8
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
I was thinking they were. When I looked at the motherboard and heard the name, I was like, they must be part of gigabyte. This is an awesome board to say the least. Something I wouldnt mind building to be honest with you all. And we all know how much I love AMD!.
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#9
Scrizz
oc's like my $50 giga-byte board
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#11
Ekklesis
by: wolf2009
Galaxy is a divison of GIGABYTE, if i am not wrong
I'm not sure but GeCube is part of Gigabyte for sure... :rockout:
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#12
The Nemesis
Hmm the max oc was with around 300FSB. With this board being a G31 chipset with is a derivative of the P35 chipset which has native 333FSB support I would think that any of these boards would do 333FSB and the overclock is mostly due to the 12.5 multiplier.
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#13
Scrizz
that board better do 350+
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#14
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: wolf2009
Galaxy is a divison of GIGABYTE, if i am not wrong
Gigabyte makes a CPU water-cooling kit called Galaxy, if I'm not wrong.
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#15
p_o_s_pc
F@H&WCG addict
by: btarunr
Gigabyte makes a CPU water-cooling kit called Galaxy, if I'm not wrong.
yes they do. I thought galaxy was part of palit
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#16
zithe
I like my g31. It's a good, stable product.
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#17
kuroikenshi
I like how simple the board is although the only problem I have is where the Board power connector is located at, which is between the CPU socket area and the PCI-E slot. Wouldnt that make it a tight fit, especially for those that want to push their chips.

The heatsinks you would need to use would be rather big whether you are using Air or water to cool it. Just my 2 cents. other then that, i wish I would have found this board before! This is exactly what I was looking for! :p
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#18
zithe
Problem with mine was getting my Arcting Cooling Freezer 7 pro on it. Once it was on, I couldn't fit my hand in to insert the CPU plug. (Bad planning on my part)
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#19
Rax
It's very similar to Biostar G31-M7 TE and Asrock G31M-S result..

my board (TE) Posted 400 with 2160 (BSEL 200->333) and stable at ~390Mhz (~3.5GHz)
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#20
zithe
Should I update my BIOS? I could only hit 2.3ghz stable with an e2180...

I've read reviews of people with the same board + cpu combo getting to 3.4ish. T_T
Bad OCing RAM/ CPU?
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#21
nafets
What a horrible spot for the ATX power plug....
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#22
Rax
by: zithe
Should I update my BIOS? I could only hit 2.3ghz stable with an e2180...

I've read reviews of people with the same board + cpu combo getting to 3.4ish. T_T
Bad OCing RAM/ CPU?
first BSEL 200->266 then try more OC! if u're lucky and post with BSEL 200->333 primum a bit VCORE and try higher!
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#23
Hayder_Master
good , my work computer mobo is gigabyte g31 but with they put 3.0g pentium d 2m cash with ddr2 800 ram , now im thinking about overclocking my work pc , but i hope not go far to burn it :D
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