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Gigabyte GA M56S-S3 AM2 Motherboard

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NF560, PCI-E (x16), DDR2 533/667/800, SATA II, SATA RAID, ATX

This item is currently discontinued and at present, we have no replacement on order.
Quickcode: 28840  
Stock code: MBD-GIG-M56SS3
Manuf. code: GA-M56S-S3
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GIGABYTE Technology latest S series motherboards for AMD socket AM2 platform, featuring with three innovative features- Safe, Smart, and Speed Technologies. The new S series motherboards GA-M56S-S3; supporting AMD new generation AM2 processor with dual channel DDR2 800MHz high frequency memories, providing reliable and user friendly computing and reaching the maximum system performance easily via personalized software settings. GIGABYTE S series motherboards, the champion’s choice for AMD Socket AM2 platform!

Warranty Information:

Manufacturer gigabyte
Warranty Type Manufacturer via Aria
Manufacturer Website
Manufacturer Phone 01908 362700
Warranty Period (yrs)3
Aria Warranty Only? Yes

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Question  Memory by Nick

Does this board require memory to be installed in pairs? ie, If I want 2Gb, do I need 2x1Gb sticks, or will a single 2Gb work?

Answer by robinm on Wednesday, November 19, 2008
install in pairs is best

Question  Compatability by Lee Miskimmin


It Looks like my current motherboard Gigabyte GA-M55PLUS S3G have blown. Will this motherboard be compatable as a replacement?

Answer by robinm on Saturday, November 1, 2008
Looks ok.. AM2, DDR2 and the basics match..

 Great board - needs more BIOS controls by Paul Smith

Bought this to set up a Linux MythTV media centre PC and needed to use spare AMD 64-bit dual core 3800 chip.

All aspects of this motherboard works out the box in Linux (Kubuntu), including the onboard LAN and audio.

The only issue I have with it is that the BIOS is a bit short on options.

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Question  GFX card compatability problems!!! by Leon

Is this Motherboard compatible with a GFX-card I've had my eye on? >>>>>>>> "" <<<<<<<<<<<<<<. Thanks.

Answer by paulc on Monday, April 7, 2008

 Excellent board - excelent value for money! by The Big Show

I bought one of these to replace my previous Via-rubbish board.

This is an excellent board for those who are seeking reliabilty, overclockability, quietness and good if not high-end gaming performance. Totally stable, very quick, easily overclockable, and very quiet with the excellent fan management features and a passive chipset heatsink.

Only minor issue is that there's only one chassis fan header - but this is easily solved with a 2-in-1 Y-splitter cable available from many outlets. My board runs 2 x 120mm fans from the one header with no problems and in near-silence with quiet fan technology enabled

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