One of Intel's latest motherboard chipsets, the G33, has been designed specifically for the digital home consumer. A few of its advanced features include support for a 1333MHz bus, the capabilities to use both DDR2 and DDR3, Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3100, high definition audio and video, and SATA RAID to name a few. While the chipset can provide all of these features, the individual motherboard manufacturers determine which are actually implemented.
has released a new mATX motherboard based on the Intel G33 chipset, their model number G33T-M2 (V1.0). This motherboard offers a budget conscious solution for "ultra slim multimedia systems" that leaves a few of the G33 chipset's capabilities on the shelf for the higher priced boards to offer. It is not geared towards serious gamers and enthusiasts, but it also isn't a lightweight as it offers desirable features such as Gigabit networking, x16 PCI Express graphics, and support for the latest Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Quad processors.
G33T-M2 (V1.0) Intel G33 mATX Motherboard is packaged in a fairly typical box that would let a consumer know what they were dealing with if it were found on a retail shelf. The front of the box provides a brief overview of the major features and the supported CPU models, while the back of the box presents a view of the motherboard, pointing out the key features and specifications.
While the packaging may detail a number of key features and specifications, before taking a look at the actual G33T-M2 (V1.0) Intel G33 mATX Motherboard provided for review, let's take a look at the rest of this information as found on the ECS
|Windows Vista Ready
||The latest generation Microsoft O.S., delivers better personal productivity and digital entertainment on your PC through its improved reliability, security, and performance.
|High-speed USB 2.0
||Delivers transfer speeds up to 480Mb/s for easy connectivity and ultra-fast data transfers
||Supports the latest 1333MHz front side bus Intel Processor
|PCI Express x16
||Delivers up to a 4x increase in graphics and 2x I/O bandwidth for smooth multimedia performance
||Gigabit LAN supporting a high transfer rate up to 1 Gb/s.
|Dual Channel DDR2 800
||Doubles the bandwidth of your system memory up to 12.8GB/s and pumps up the system performance.
||Double bus bandwidth which provides blazingly high disk performance, ensuring your computing experience will be faster, more reliable, and completely with current and future hardware and software.
|8 Channel High Definition Audio
||8 Channel High Definition Audio
|Core 2 Duo
||Dual-core is basically two separate processors on a single chip. Those two processors can outperform single-core processors on most multithreaded applications while running at lower clock speeds and consuming less power.
|Core 2 Quad
||The new Core2 Quad processor combines two dual-core chips in a single package that plugs into a single chip socket. It enables even more multitasking with greater performance.