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Gigabyte GA-P35-DS4 Intel P35 Express Motherboard Review

Gigabyte GA-P35-DS4 Intel P35 Express Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The Gigabyte GA-P35-DS4 is based around Intel's highly successful P35 Express and ICH9R chipsets. It supports Intel Celeron D, Pentium 4/D/XE and Core 2 Duo/Quad processors running on an 800/1066/1333 MHz FSB.
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External Mfg. Website: gigabyte Nov 06 2007   Max Page  
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Overclocking the Gigabyte motherboard

Overclocking Results:
Stock Max. OC
Motherboard Speed: 333 MHz

515 MHz

If you're new to Overclocking and not sure what to do, check out these two excellent Guides for some pointers:
Overclocking the CPU and Memory
Overclocking the Videocard

PCSTATS has had a lot of luck overclocking Intel P35 Express motherboards. We have high hopes for the Gigabyte GA-P35-DS4 motherboard today. As usual the motherboard will be equipped with an Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 processor and 2GB of Corsair's DOMINATOR Twin2X2048-8888C4DF memory. Before the overclocking begins though the CPU clock multiplier was first set to 6x and the memory set to run at DDR2-667 MHz mode.

Starting at 333 MHz the FSB was increased in 5 MHz increments. Thee Gigabyte GA-P35-DS4 had no problems reaching the 400 MHz mark, though at 430 MHz the motherboard needed a boost in Northbridge voltage to 0.15V above stock.

The Gigabyte GA-P35-DS4 handled overclocking well, but showed signs of instability at 465 MHz FSB. The Northbridge voltage was then increased to 0.25V above stock, and the issue gone. In the end, PCSTATS was able to overclock the Gigabyte GA-P35-DS4 motherboard to a maximum speed of 515 MHz. To get there the motherboard chipset voltage had to be raised to 0.375V above stock... which is a little high.

The Gigabyte BIOS:

In the MB Intelligent Tweaker section we find the overclocking and memory timing adjustments. You can change the CPU clock multiplier and adjust the Gigabyte GA-P35-DS4 motherboard frequency from 333-700 MHz, in 1 MHz increments. You'll find a whole host of memory timing options, enough to keep hardcore tweakers busy for weeks I'm sure.

The maximum voltage DDR2 can be bumped to is 1.55V above stock, the Northbridge goes to 0.375V above stock and the CPU voltage to 2.35V. A word of warning, those voltages are high enough to burn out hardware. Use caution if you're going to be overclocking.

Prelude to Benchmarks

The details of how the Gigabyte GA-P35-DS4 motherboard test system was configured for benchmarking, including the specific hardware, software drivers, operating system and benchmark versions are indicated below. In the second column are the general specs for the reference platforms this Intel P35 Express based system is to be compared against. Please take a moment to look over PCSTATS test system configurations before moving on to the individual benchmark results.

PCSTATS Test System Configurations
Test System Reference System #1 Reference System #2
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 (775) AMD Athlon64 X2 5000+ (AM2)
Clock Speed: 8 x 333 = 2.66 GHz 9 x 266 MHz = 2.4 GHz 13 x 200 MHz = 2.6 GHz
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-P35-DS4 (P35 Express)

Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 (X38 Express)
MSI P6N Diamond (NF 680i SLI)
ECS PN2 SLI2+ (NF 680i SLI)
Foxconn 975X7AB-8EKRS2H (975X)
Biostar TForce P965 DLX (P965 Express)
Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 (P965 Express)
Foxconn P9657AA-8KS2H (P965 Express)
MSI P965 Platinum (P965 Express)
Gigabyte GA-965P-DQ6 (P965 Express)
Gigabyte GA-P35-DQ6 (P35 Express)
MSI P35 Platinum (P35 Express)
Biostar TP35D3-A7 Deluxe (P35 Express)

ASRock AM2V890-VSTA (VIA K8T890)
Albatron KM51PV-AM2 (GF6150)
MSI K9N SLI Platinum (NF 570 SLI)
Videocard: MSI NX7800GTX-VT2D256E

2x 1024MB Corsair DOMINATOR Twin2X2048-8888C4DF (DDR2)
2x 1024MB Corsair DOMINATOR Twin3X2048-1800C7D (DDR3)

Hard Drive: 74GB Western Digital Raptor WD740
CDROM: AOpen Combo 52x
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling TurboCool 510 SLI
Heatsink: Intel E6600 Reference AMD Athlon64 FX-62 Reference
Software Setup:

Microsoft WindowsXP SP2
Intel INF 7.22
nVIDIA Forceware 91.47

Microsoft WindowsXP SP2
nVIDIA Forceware 9.35
nVIDIA Forceware 91.47

Benchmarks: SYSMark 2004
PC Worldbench 5.0
Super Pi
SiSoft Sandra 2005
Doom 3

Quake 4

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Contents of Article: gigabyte GA-P35-DS4
 Pg 1.  Gigabyte GA-P35-DS4 Intel P35 Express Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Stressing Build Quality and Engineering
 Pg 3.  Ultra Durable 2 = better motherboards?
 Pg 4.  Gigabyte GA-P35-DS4 Motherboard Highlights
 Pg 5.  — Overclocking the Gigabyte motherboard
 Pg 6.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Sysmark 2004
 Pg 7.  Motherboard Benchmarks: SYSMark 2004 Continued
 Pg 8.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PC Worldbench (Graphics)
 Pg 9.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PC Worldbench (Office)
 Pg 10.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PC Worldbench (Data Crunching)
 Pg 11.  Motherboard Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra, Super Pi
 Pg 12.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PCMark05
 Pg 13.  Motherboard Benchmarks: 3DMark05, 3DMark06
 Pg 14.  Motherboard Benchmarks: FarCry, Doom 3., Quake 4
 Pg 15.  PCSTATS Maximum Motherboard Overclocking Chart & Conclusions

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