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Gigabyte GA-X48-DS5 Intel X48 Express Motherboard Review

Gigabyte GA-X48-DS5 Intel X48 Express Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Gigabyte's high-end GA-X48-DS5 motherboard is, as you might have guessed, based on the Intel X48 Express and ICH9R chipsets. It's core logic offers up 32 lanes of PCI Express 2.0 bandwidth which makes this platform great for running a pair of Crossfire'd ATI videocards at full tilt.
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External Mfg. Website: Gigabyte Jan 28 2009   Julian Apong  
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The Gigabyte GA-X48-DS5 motherboard has three PCI Express x1, two PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots for videocards (Crossfire operates in x16/x16 mode), and two legacy 32-bit PCI slots for older expansion cards. Running along the bottom of the board are headers for Firewire/USB and other assorted expansion options.

This corner of the Gigabyte GA-X48-DS5 motherboard is busy. Here we find the front panel IO connections, (8) SATAII headers, IDE and passively cooled Intel ICH9R southbridge chipsets. The orange colour coded SATAII ports are handled by Intel's ICH9R southbridge, while the purple ports are run by Gigabyte's own storage controller.


Four DDR2 DIMMs support up to 8GB of 667/800/1066/1200 MHz memory. The board requires a 24pin power connector as well as 8-pin auxiliary power. Just to the right of the DIMMs are the row of LEDs lights which indicate how many CPU power phases are in use.


Gigabyte Silentpipe is a passive heatpipe chipset thermal solution which connects the southbridge to northbridge to MOSFET chips that surround the socket 775 Intel CPU. There is enough space around the LGA775 socket for large after market coolers. This form of passive cooling makes use of exhaust air flow from the CPU heatsink, so if you go watercooling be sure to point a fan in this direction. Also not the use of solid state capacitors throughout the GA-X48-DS5 motherboard.

Gigabyte's all-solid state capacitor design extends to the MOFSETs as well. These power phases can be powered dynamically to better manage system power draw through the Dynamic Energy Saver software.

Next PCSTATS will dive into the benchmarks, but first let's overclock!

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Contents of Article: Gigabyte GA-X48-DS5
 Pg 1.  Gigabyte GA-X48-DS5 Intel X48 Express Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Gigabyte Dynamic Energy Saver - Energy Efficiency
 Pg 3.  Intel X48 Express - Performance Tuned?
 Pg 4.  — Motherboard Highlights Photo Gallery
 Pg 5.  Overclocking with Gigabyte
 Pg 6.  Motherboard Benchmarks: 3DMark06, Quake 4, FEAR
 Pg 7.  Motherboard Benchmarks: SYSmark 2007 Preview
 Pg 8.  Motherboard Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra: Processor
 Pg 9.  Motherboard Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra: Memory
 Pg 10.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PCMark Vantage
 Pg 11.  Gigabyte's take on the Intel X48

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