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  • Supports Intel® Core™2 Extreme Quad-Core / Core™2 Duo processor
  • Solid capacitors design in CPU VRM
  • Dual Channel DDR2 667 for advanced system performance
  • Features SATA 3Gb/s interface
  • Features Gigabit LAN connection
  • Integrate ALC889A 8-Channel High Definition Audio
  • Quad Core Optimized
    GA-946-S3 supports latest Intel® Core™ 2 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.
  • Speed
    The Speed compliant motherboards of GIGABYTE S-series provide intelligent over-clocking and over-voltage software settings through both hardware and software design...more
  • Smart
    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
    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.
  • Solid Capacitor for CPU VRM
    Stable system operation depends upon the quality of CPU VRM (voltage regulator module). GIGABYTE adopts Conductive Polymer Aluminum Solid Capacitors for CPU VRM to ensure a longer lifespan for systems in daily operation and boost system stability under extreme conditions. CPU VRM with Solid Capacitors featuring better electronic conductivity, excellent heat resistance enhances system durability even operating in high temperature environment.
  • 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.
  • Dual Channel DDR2 800
    Get a jump in memory performance with the advanced technology of DDR2 800 memory architecture, which delivers 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 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.
  • ALC889A enables a Superior Audio Experience

    Excellent Audio Performance
    High-performance DAC (Digital-Analog Converter) with 106 dB Signal-to-Noise ratio playback quality, designed especially for Windows Vista Premium PCs.



    Blu-ray/HD DVD Full Rate Audio Support
    The ALC889A enables high quality Full Rate Lossless Audio for content protected media and support for both Blu-ray and HD DVD formats for an exhilarating home theater entertainment experience.


    7.1+2 Channel High Definition Output
    The ALC889A provides support for 7.1 sound playback, plus 2 channels of independent stereo output (multiple streaming) through the front panel stereo outputs.
  • 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.
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* Advertised performance is based on maximum theoretical interface values from respective Chipset vendors or organization who defined the interface specification. Actual performance may vary by system configuration.
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* Due to standard PC architecture, a certain amount of memory is reserved for system usage and therefore the actual memory size is less than the stated amount.