Storage, Optical and Audio:G
igabyte has chose the ITE IT8718F-S
as the "Super I/O" chip. For Audio another ITE products was spec'd the Realtek ALC889A
supplying 7.1 surround sound, 2-channel independent stereo output via the front panel at a 106dB S/N Ratio. Our sample was an early Rev 1.1, highlighted below with the chips mentioned.
For LAN, a single Gigabit Ethernet port is controlled by the Realtek RTL8111B
chip which is connected the PCI-E bus.
Storage controllers include a JMicron JMB363
housed beneath the "Gigabyte SATA 2" chip which supports a single IDE Parallel ATA-133 port and two SATA-300 ports. The Gigabyte SATA-2 chip supports RAID 0, 1, JBOD and eSATA. Additionally the Intel ICH9R
Southbridge controls six SATA-300 ports supporting RAID 0,1, 5 and 10.
Albeit overkill the P35C-DS3R offers a total of 12 USB 2.0/1.1 ports, four on the Rear Panel and 8 on the board itself requiring I/O brackets, seen below.
Onto BIOS options...