Intel DG33BU - mATX For Your PC - Real-World Performance and Conclusion

Article Index
Intel DG33BU - mATX For Your PC
Intel DG33BU - Layout: Up Close
Installation, Software Setup and Testing
Test Setup and Benchmarking
Real-World Performance and Conclusion

Real-World Applications:

It really doesn't matter how good things look on paper.  What matters is how it performs when put to the real test.  Below are the results from media conversion, Photoshop and File Compression.  As you can see below, the new DG33BU board from Intel holds its own against the much more mature MSI 975X Platinum motherboard.  In a few test the mATX DG33BU takes the lead, but many tests show the MSI Full ATX board as the winner.


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Conclusion:

The DG33BU really holds its own against the previous generation of motherboards and chipsets from Intel.   The DG33BU is based on a brand-new chipset, and like many Intel chipsets - it performs admirably.  Intel claims full Vista support and even with the beta version of this board, we had no issues with Vista Ultimate 32-bit.  Our test system ran smoothly and had 100% stability for the weeks that we had it on the bench.  Although Intel may not always have the fastest or fanciest chipsets, there products are rock solid.  The DG33BU is definitely not for everyone, but if you're building a computer for your kitchen or den, the G33 Express chipset has some pretty attractive features.  It has integrated video that supports DX9.0c and while the GMA3100 is not mind-blowing in terms of performance, it will work well for pretty much everything except gaming.

The only real beef I have with this board is the lack of DVI or HDMI output as this would greatly improve its appeal to the HTPC crowd.  Because this is a mATX board, it would easily fit in a nice case beside your entertainment center.

Pros:

  • Tidy little board with clean layout
  • HD Audio supports two different streams (one to front and one to back)
  • Lots of USB ports and headers
  • Additional PCIe 16x slot for upgraded graphics
  • Silent cooling on chipsets works well.

Cons:

  • No DVI or HDMI output
  • Zero overclocking options.

You have to remember that this board is not built for enthusiasts.  It is built for an OEM-type of PC.  For this purpose it does quite well.


BCCHardware.com Rating
Quality:
10/10
Performance:
8/10
Software Pack:
8/10
Stability:
10/10
Features:
8/10
Value:
9/10
Total Score 8.8

 

I'd like to thank MemoryExpress for rounding up this nice little mATX board for us to review. 

If you have any questions or comments to make about this board and our review, please feel free to post them in the forum at the "Comments" link below.