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Gigabyte GA-P35-DQ6 Intel P35 Motherboard Review

Gigabyte GA-P35-DQ6 Intel P35 Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The new mainstream Intel P35 Express Northbridge looks quite a lot like Intel's old P965 series chipset, but with two very major inclusions; support for 1333 MHz Front Side Bus and official support for DDR3 RAM.
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External Mfg. Website: Gigabyte May 29 2007   Colin Sun  
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Motherboard Thermal Solutions Get Complex

The most visible component that you should look for are solid-state Low ESR conductive polymer capacitors. These are housed in very distinguishable aluminum cans, and will not burst or leak. Good capacitors will not make your computer faster, but they will ensure it runs reliably longer. The electro-conductive polymer capacitor does not use electrolyte, so they will not dry out, leak, or suffer gas buildup and burst.

Gigabyte have introduced a very complex chipset and MOSFET thermal solution on the GGA-P35DQ6 motherboard. Called the "SilentPipe", this heatsink employs a very large collection of copper heatpipes and cooling fins that stretch across the surface of the board. Arrays of cooling fins are located in areas where airflow from the CPU fan, or videocard fan are likely to pass, which in the ideal situation allows the motherboard core logic and power circuitry to remain cool without the need for additional fans that create noise.


Since much of the heat produced by the MOSFETs, Northbridge and Southbridge is conducted through the solder joints into the PCB, Gigabyte places a couple of heatsinks on the back of the motherboard. Dubbed CRAZYCOOL, these heatsinks do a decent job at keeping the motherboard itself cool, which in turn lowers the temperatures of heat-producing board mounted components.

This system is used in conjunction with a heatsink mounted to the rear of the PCB itself. A lot of heat produced by board mounted components is actually absorbed by the PCB, or the copper electrical plans it contains.


The SilentPipe name cover can be pulled off which allows you to access the one of the Philips screws. Hidden under this heatsink is the CPUs PWM fan connector (lower right corner).


The Intel P35 Express chipset is built on Intel's 65nm manufacturing process and contains upwards of 45 million transistors. In terms of heat output, the P35 is on the same level as the previous Intel P965 Express chipset - hot. As Gigabyte has demonstrated the P35 can be cooled passively, but of course you need a large heatsink to do so.

Up next, PCSTATS will try its hand overclocking on a P35 'Bearlake" motherboard. This is going to be good... so click "next"!

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Contents of Article: Gigabyte GA-P35-DQ6
 Pg 1.  Gigabyte GA-P35-DQ6 Intel P35 Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Breakdown on the Intel P35 Express
 Pg 3.  Gigabyte GA-P35-DQ6 Motherboard Highlights
 Pg 4.  High end components, Ultra Durable 2
 Pg 5.  — Motherboard Thermal Solutions Get Complex
 Pg 6.  Overclocking on Intel's P35 Chipset
 Pg 7.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Sysmark 2004
 Pg 8.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PC Worldbench (Graphics)
 Pg 9.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PC Worldbench (Office / Data)
 Pg 10.  Motherboard Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra, Super Pi, PCMark05
 Pg 11.  Motherboard Benchmarks: 3DMark05, 3DMark06
 Pg 12.  Motherboard Benchmarks: FarCry, Doom 3
 Pg 13.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Quake 4 / Conclusions

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