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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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Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 Highlights Continued


Two spaces are left between the PCI Express x16 slots so videocards with dual-slot cooling solutions can be installed without blocking the adjacent PCI Express x16 slot. The Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 is compatible with AMD Crossfire videocards.


Dual BIOS chips ensure the Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 will never be taken down by a BIOS flash gone bad. The board also utilizes low ESR solid aluminum capacitors and ferrite chokes.


Rather than use DDR3, the Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 is equipped with DDR2 memory slots. We'd recommend installing at least 2GB of DDR2 1066/800/667 RAM for optimal Windows Vista performance.


Another view of the two PCI Express 2.0 compliant PCI Express x16 slots which support AMD Crossfire. The little expansion card locks used here are easy to disengage, and help ensure videocards don't become dislodged.


Gigabyte use a heatpipe and copper fin passive chipset cooling system called "SilentPipe" to keep the Intel X38, ICH9R and MOSFET circuitry operating cool. The passive heatsink works with exhaust airflow from the CPU fan and system airflow. On the rear of the board is Crazy Cool - basically a few flat heatsinks positioned behind the BGA chipsets to help disperse heat absorbed into the motherboard PCB.


The Intel X38 chipset and its massive heatspreader.

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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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