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Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 Intel X38 Express Motherboard Review

Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 Intel X38 Express Motherboard Review  - PCSTATS
Abstract: The GA-X38-DQ6 board supports 800/1066/1333/1600 MHz Intel Celeron D, Pentium 4/D/XE and Core 2 Duo/Quad processors. This platform comes equipped with DDR2 memory slots, and can be installed with a maximum of 8GB of DDR2-1066 MHz memory.
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External Mfg. Website: gigabyte Jan 25 2008   Colin Sun  
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Motherboard Benchmarks: FarCry, Doom 3., Quake 4

CryTek FarCry 1.33 Source: Ubisoft

Real-time editing, bump mapping, static lights, network system, integrated physics system, shaders, shadows, and a dynamic music system are just some of the state of-the-art features that the CryENGINE offers. The game was set to Ultra quality and the Ubisoft's Regulator demo was run.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportCryTek FarCry 1.33
Regulator LQ 640x480 FPS Ranking
ASRock AM2V890-VSTA (K8T890 200/800 A64 5000+) 185.2
Albatron KM51PV-AM2 (GF6150 200/800 A64 5000+) 170.27
MSI K9N SLI Platinum (NF 570 SLI 200/800 A64 5000+) 171.25
Asus M2-CROSSHAIR (NF 590 SLI 200/800 A64 5000+) 175.26
ECS PN2 SLI2+ (NF 680i SLI 266/800 C2D E6600 GeForce 7800GTX Single) 262.14
ECS PN2 SLI2+ (NF 680i SLI 266/800 C2D E6600 GeForce 7800GTX SLI) 248.63
Asus P5N32-SLI Premium (NF 590 SLI 266/800 C2D E6600 GeForce 7800GTX Single) 258.65
Asus P5N32-SLI Premium (NF 590 SLI 266/800 C2D E6600 GeForce 7800GTX SLI) 245.21
Foxconn 975X7AB-8EKRS2H (975X 266/800 C2D E6600) 243.21
MSI 975X Platinum (975X 266/800 C2D E6600) 242.41
Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe (P965 266/800 C2D E6600) 241.05
Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 (P965 266/800 C2D E6600) 242.58
Foxconn P9657AA-8KS2H (P965 266/800 C2D E6600) 242.31
MSI P965 Platinum (P965 266/800 C2D E6600) 238.41
Gigabyte 965P-DQ6 (P965 266/800 C2D E6600) 242.47
Gigabyte GA-P35-DQ6 (P35 266/1066 C2D E6600) 245.81
MSI P35 Platinum (P35 266/1066 C2D E6600) 252.04
MSI P35 Platinum (P35 333/1066 C2D E6750) 262.41
Biostar TP35D3-A7 Deluxe (333/1333 C2D E6750) 258.13
Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 (X38 333/1066 C2D E6750 GF 7800GTX) 245.68
Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 (X38 333/1066 C2D E6750 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 253.01

FarCry results are definitely below what we expect. The Intel X38 Express is still in its infancy so it may have some teething problems that have yet to be addressed.

ID Software Doom 3 1.3 Source: id Software

Doom 3 takes advantage of the latest videocard technology and pushes the processing power of the CPU to its absolute limit. At its highest setting, Ultra quality, texture sizes pass the 500MB mark which means even tomorrow's videocards will have a hard time running everything. The frame rates in the game itself are locked at 60 fps so anything above that point is wasted. Each test is run three times with the third run being recorded.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportID Software Doom 3 1.3
LQ 640x480: Points Ranking
ASRock AM2V890-VSTA (K8T890 200/800 A64 5000+) 148.4
Albatron KM51PV-AM2 (GF6150 200/800 A64 5000+) 144.5
MSI K9N SLI Platinum (NF 570 SLI 200/800 A64 5000+) 144.3
Asus M2-CROSSHAIR (NF 590 SLI 200/800 A64 5000+) 141.1
ECS PN2 SLI2+ (NF 680i SLI 266/800 C2D E6600 GeForce 7800GTX Single) 206.8
ECS PN2 SLI2+ (NF 680i SLI 266/800 C2D E6600 GeForce 7800GTX SLI) 204.3
Asus P5N32-SLI Premium (NF 590 SLI 266/800 C2D E6600 GeForce 7800GTX Single) 206.7
Asus P5N32-SLI Premium (NF 590 SLI 266/800 C2D E6600 GeForce 7800GTX SLI) 203.5
Foxconn 975X7AB-8EKRS2H (975X 266/800 C2D E6600) 206.3
MSI 975X Platinum (975X 266/800 C2D E6600) 205.9
Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe (P965 266/800 C2D E6600) 205.7
Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 (P965 266/800 C2D E6600) 206.7
Foxconn P9657AA-8KS2H (P965 266/800 C2D E6600) 205.8
MSI P965 Platinum (P965 266/800 C2D E6600) 205.3
Gigabyte 965P-DQ6 (P965 266/800 C2D E6600) 203.5
Gigabyte GA-P35-DQ6 (P35 266/1066 C2D E6600) 210.6
MSI P35 Platinum (P35 266/1066 C2D E6600) 212.5
MSI P35 Platinum (P35 333/1066 C2D E6750) 233.4
Biostar TP35D3-A7 Deluxe (333/1333 C2D E6750) 223
Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 (X38 333/1066 C2D E6750 GF 7800GTX) 245.3
Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 (X38 333/1066 C2D E6750 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 244.6

The Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 does very well here in Doom 3, it outperforms the other platforms handily here.

ID Software Quake 4 1.3

Source: id Software

Quake 4 is the latest shooter from ID and is based on the Doom 3 engine. Tweaked to for more eye candy, Quake 4 promises to be tougher on videocards and systems than its predecessor was. Quake 4 also does not have a 60 fps limiter like Doom 3, with the Ultra setting, graphic textures can surpass the 500MB mark! Each test is run three times and with the third run being recorded.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportID Software Quake 4 1.3
LQ 640x480: FPS Ranking
ASRock AM2V890-VSTA (K8T890 200/800 A64 5000+) 154.4
Albatron KM51PV-AM2 (GF6150 200/800 A64 5000+) 152.9
MSI K9N SLI Platinum (NF 570 SLI 200/800 A64 5000+) 150.5
Asus M2-CROSSHAIR (NF 590 SLI 200/800 A64 5000+) 146.4
ECS PN2 SLI2+ (NF 680i SLI 266/800 C2D E6600 GeForce 7800GTX Single) 203.7
ECS PN2 SLI2+ (NF 680i SLI 266/800 C2D E6600 GeForce 7800GTX SLI) 200.6
Asus P5N32-SLI Premium (NF 590 SLI 266/800 C2D E6600 GeForce 7800GTX Single) 203.5
Asus P5N32-SLI Premium (NF 590 SLI 266/800 C2D E6600 GeForce 7800GTX SLI) 198.7
Foxconn 975X7AB-8EKRS2H (975X 266/800 C2D E6600) 202.5
MSI 975X Platinum (975X 266/800 C2D E6600) 202.8
Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe (P965 266/800 C2D E6600) 202.8
Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 (P965 266/800 C2D E6600) 202.6
Foxconn P9657AA-8KS2H (P965 266/800 C2D E6600) 202.4
MSI P965 Platinum (P965 266/800 C2D E6600) 202.1
Gigabyte 965P-DQ6 (P965 266/800 C2D E6600) 201.2
Gigabyte GA-P35-DQ6 (P35 266/1066 C2D E6600) 205.8
MSI P35 Platinum (P35 266/1066 C2D E6600) 207.5
MSI P35 Platinum (P35 333/1066 C2D E6750) 227.9
Biostar TP35D3-A7 Deluxe (333/1333 C2D E6750) 223.6
Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 (X38 333/1066 C2D E6750 GF 7800GTX) 233.6
Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 (X38 333/1066 C2D E6750 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 246.5

Things are much closer in Quake 4, but the Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 still comes out on top.

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Contents of Article: gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6
 Pg 1.  Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 Intel X38 Express Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Introducing the new king, the X38 Express
 Pg 3.  Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 Motherboard Highlights
 Pg 4.  Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 Highlights Continued
 Pg 5.  Overclocking the Intel's best
 Pg 6.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Sysmark 2004
 Pg 7.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Sysmark 2004 Con't
 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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