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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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PCSTATS Maximum Motherboard Overclocking Chart & Conclusions

Overclocking is alive and well! PCSTATS has all the details you need to see at a glance to know which board is best. The chart we've compiled below lists the highest overclocked Front Side Bus speeds we were able to achieve while maintaining 100% stability.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportMaximum Intel Motherboard Overclocking Results
Motherboards Max FSB
(MHz)
Ranking
Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 (Intel X38 Express) 525
Biostar TP35D3-A7 Deluxe (Intel P35 Express/DDR3)

512

MSI P35 Platinum (Intel P35 Express) 504
Gigabyte GA-P35-DQ6 (Intel P35 Express) 482
Asus P5N32-E SLI Plus (nVIDIA nForce 650i SLI) 472
ECS PN2 SLI2+ (nVIDIA nForce 680i SLI) 450
MSI P6N SLI Platinum (nVIDIA nForce 650i SLI) 435
Abit AB9 Pro (Intel P965 Express) 420
Asus P5B Deluxe/WiFi-AP (Intel P965 Express) 420
ECS NF650iSLIT-A (nVIDIA nForce 650i SLI) 412
Asus P5N32-SLI Premium (nVIDIA nForce 590i SLI) 410
Gigabyte GA-965P-DQ6 (Intel P965 Express) 406
Asus P5B-E (Intel P965 Express) 406
Asus P5W64 WS Professional (Intel 975X Express) 400
Abit AW9D-MAX (Intel 975X Express) 385
MSI P965 Platinum (Intel P965 Express) 375
Foxconn 975X7AB-8EKRS2H (Intel 975X Express) 368
MSI 975X Platinum (Intel 975X Express) 360
Foxconn P9657AA-8KS2H (Intel P965 Express) 352
Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 (Intel P965 Express) 352
ECS PN1 SLI2 (nVIDIA nForce 590i SLI) 350
Epox EP-5P945 Pro (Intel 945 Express) 350
Biostar Tforce P965 Deluxe (Intel P965 Express) 341
Biostar P4M890-M7 (VIA P4M890) 336
Foxconn G9657MA-8KS2H (Intel G965 Express) 333
Gigabyte GA-945PL-S3 (Intel 945PL Express) 255
Typical Test System Specifications: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 (2.4 GHz), 2GB Corsair Twin2X2048-8888C4DF DDR2 Memory, MSI NX7800GTX-T2D256E. Please see individual review for more specific test details.
* - Tested with Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 (2.67 GHz) and 2GB Corsair Twin3X2048-1800C7D DDR3 memory.
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

The Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 motherboard is the fastest motherboard that we've tested so far, it's great to see how well the Intel X38 Express motherboards overclock!

Dawn of the Intel X38 Express

The GA-X38-DQ6 certainly has the look and feel of a high end motherboard, and boy does it come with a lot of goodies. I'm happy to see that Gigabyte puts eight USB 2.0 slots on the rear I/O, with the large number of external devices, you can hook up anything and everything to this board without running out of ports.

The layout of the Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 motherboard is excellent and it's clear that Gigabyte designed this board for tweakers. Everything is in the correct position, the motherboard is very well labeled and the colour coordination allows you to set the motherboard up without having to refer to the manual. Even novice computer users will find setting things up easy.

Feature wise the Intel X38 Express brings a couple new things to the table; PCI Express 2.0, Intel's XMP for DDR3 and of course the higher bus speed. None play a huge role right now, but it's nice that the chipset is relatively future proof.

The Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 is definitely quick around the corners and the motherboard performed pretty well in the benchmarks. With the ability to run ECC memory the GA-X38-DQ6 is a great workstation platform, at least better than Intel P35 Express based motherboards which lack that feature. Sandra confirms that the platform has a lot of raw power too so that's good if you're doing a lot of data crunching.

In gaming the Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 gave us some mixed messages although on the whole the platform does look faster than Intel's mainstream alternatives. FarCry was the only game that was consistently giving us lower framerates but everything else from Quake 4 and the 3DMark tests said the Gigabyte motherboard was fast.

When it comes to overclocking the Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 and the Intel X38 Express is definitely game. This motherboard reached a very sweet 525 MHz and that is high enough for you to overclock your CPU and memory to its max. The Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 is definitely one of the fastest motherboards we've tested so far and the picture is certainly bright for the Intel X38 Express!

Some of you may be wondering why Gigabyte chose to equip the GA-X38-DQ6 with DDR2 memory instead of DDR3. With DDR3 under performing at the moment and with the price premium of the new memory standard, Gigabyte simply felt that it's not worth going DDR3. That in itself is quite a statement and DDR2 is really better for dual core processors. The Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 motherboard is quite a catch, and it's better than the Intel P35 Express motherboards on the market.

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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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