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Gigabyte GA-965P-DQ6 965P Express Motherboard Review
Gigabyte GA-965P-DQ6 965P Express Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
With a retail price of $235 CDN ($201 US, £102 GBP) the Gigabyte GA-965P-DQ6 motherboard offers a good set of mainstream-to-performance features.
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Overclocking the Gigabyte GA-965P-DQ6 motherboard

Overclocking Results:
stock max. oc
motherboard speed: 266 mhz

406 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

Gigabyte has gotten into the overclocking game quite aggressively, and the results of its efforts are definitely paying off. The Intel Core 2 Duo 'Conroe' E6600 processor runs on a 1066 MHz FSB (266 MHz motherboard clock speed) which means it's already faster than what any Pentium D 840 could overclock too from a 800MHz (200MHz) starting point. As usual before the overclocking began, PCSTATS set the Corsair Twin2X2048-6400C4 memory frequency to run in DDR2-533 mode, this way the memory will not hold the Gigabyte GA-965P-DQ6 motherboard back.

Starting at 266 MHz FSB the Gigabyte GA-965P-DQ6's clock speed was increased in 5 MHz increments. At 330 MHz the Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 processor needed a slight boost to 1.4V. The system next hit a snag at 370 MHz, this time around the 965 Express Northbridge voltage had to be increased by an additional 0.25V.

The Gigabyte GA-965P-DQ6 was able to hit the 400 MHz, but anything past 406 MHz was a no go. We're not quite sure what held the GA-965P-DQ6 back... tweaking voltages didn't seem to help any. A speed of 406 MHz isn't too bad for this platform, so let's get into the benchmarks now and see what they have to say.

As The Gigabyte GA-965P-DQ6 motherboard is compatible with ATi's CrossFire technology, that's why there are two physical PCI Express x16 slots. Only the primary slot (in blue) gets a full 16 PCI express lanes to itself. The orange PCI Express Lite slot has four lanes, three of which come from the three PCI Express x1 slots. When used with a second videocard these are all disabled.

Inside the Gigabyte BIOS:

Gigabyte locates all the tweaker friendly options under the same section. You can adjust the motherboard frequency from 100-700 MHz in 1 MHz increments. Here you'll also find the traditional memory timing adjustments, CAS Latency, RAS to CAS and RAS Precharge. Memory voltage options allow increasing the DDR2 voltage to 0.725V above stock and PCI Express to 0.35V above stock. Northbridge voltage can be raised by 0.75V, FSB voltage 0.35V and the CPU voltage can go as high as 2.375V.

Prelude to Benchmarks

The details of how the Gigabyte GA-965P-DQ6 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 P965 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 reference system #3
processor: intel core 2 duo e6600 (775) amd Athlon64 X2 5000+ (AM2)

Intel Pentium D 840 (775)

Clock Speed: 9 x 266 MHz = 2.4 GHz 13 x 200 MHz = 2.6 GHz

16 x 200 MHz = 3.2 GHz

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-965P-DQ6 (P965 Express)

ECS PN2 SLI2+ (NF 680i SLI)
Foxconn 975X7AB-8EKRS2H (975X)
Asus P5B-E (P965 Express)
Biostar TForce P965 DLX (P965 Express)
Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 (P965 Express)
Foxconn P9657AA-8KS2H (P965 Express)
MSI P965 Platinum (P965 Express)

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

Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X)
Foxconn 955X7AA-8EKRS2 (955X)
Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2 (945P)
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI)
Biostar TForce P965 DLX(P965)

Videocard: MSI NX7800GTX-VT2D256E

2x 1024MB Corsair Twin2X2048-6400C4

Hard Drive: 74GB Western Digital Raptor WD740
CDROM: AOpen Combo 52x
PowerSupply: PC Power & Cooling TurboCool 510 SLI
Heatsink: Intel EE6600 Refernece AMD Athlon64 FX-62 Refernece Thermaltake Jungle 512
Software Setup:

Microsoft WindowsXP SP2
Intel INF 7.22
nVIDIA Forceware 91.47

Microsoft WindowsXP SP2
nVIDIA Forceware 9.35
nVIDIA Forceware 91.47

Microsoft WindowsXP SP2
Intel INF 7.22
nVIDIA Forceware 7.22
nVIDIA Forceware 91.47


SYSMark 2004
Business Winstone 2004
Content Creation 2004
Super Pi
SiSoft Sandra 2005
Doom 3

Quake 4

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Contents of Article: Gigabyte GA-965P-DQ6
 Pg 1.  Gigabyte GA-965P-DQ6 965P Express Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Passive Cooling System for Motherboard PCB and Chipsets
 Pg 3.  Gigabyte GA-965P-DQ6 Motherboard Highlights
 Pg 4.  The Intel 965P Express chipset
 Pg 5.  — Overclocking the Gigabyte GA-965P-DQ6 motherboard
 Pg 6.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Sysmark 2004
 Pg 7.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PC Worldbench (Graphics)
 Pg 8.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PC Worldbench (Office)
 Pg 9.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PC Worldbench (Data Crunching)
 Pg 10.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Office Productivity, SiSoft Sandra
 Pg 11.  Motherboard Benchmarks: SuperPi, PCMark05
 Pg 12.  Motherboard Benchmarks: 3DMark05, 3DMark06
 Pg 13.  Motherboard Benchmarks: FarCry, Doom 3
 Pg 14.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Quake 4 / Conclusions

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