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Gigabyte GA-X48-DS5 Intel X48 Express Motherboard Review
Gigabyte GA-X48-DS5 Intel X48 Express Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
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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Gigabyte's take on the Intel X48

Gigabyte's GA-X48-DS5 motherboard has a wealth of features to salivate over - 32 lanes of PCI Express 2.0 connectivity, dual storage controllers that support RAID 0/1/5/10 as well as on-board IEEE 1394 and eSATA. The board retails for around $275CDN ($225 USD, 150 GBP), a price point that is the other defining feature of the upper-end enthusiast motherboard market.

Gigabyte's take on the Intel X48 chipset achieved good overclocking speeds on the PCSTATS test bed. An overclocked speed of 525MHz isn't bad though, and the array of tweaking variables and fine tuning for overclockers will certainly let users squeeze every last drop of performance out of their hardware.

The performance of the GA-X48-DS5 motherboard was also above-average, particularly in terms of hard drive and processor performance. What's even more impressive is that this motherboard is still using inexpensive DDR2 memory, which means that it's relatively easy to max out the 8GB memory limit without breaking the bank (in a 64-bit OS).

One of the more unique technologies at play here is Gigabyte's Dynamic Energy Saver (DES) Advance. When activated, it yields a modicum of power thriftiness to lessen your electrical footprint, and over the course of an entire year lower power bills. Motherboards with power saving features should be standard. If every computer on the planet had an energy efficient A-PFC power supply, motherboard and low power processor, the impact of computers would certainly be reduced.

As it stands, in PCSTATS tests the Gigabyte GA-X48-DS5 motherboard and its DES technology was good for shaving off 3W of power use under heavy processor load, 9W while idle. Still, technologies like Gigabyte's DES, and ASUS' EPU are a step in the right direction and PCSTATS actively encourages all motherboard makers to develop this further.

Gigabyte's GA-X48-DS5 has emerged as a worth competitor to the MSI X48 Platinum, as well as establishing itself as a notable improvement to the P45 Express chipset. The extra PCI Express bandwidth give it a lot more headroom for future upgrades, which add to this motherboard's long-term value. For those who are looking to own one of the most fully-featured and fastest socket 775 motherboards, the Gigabyte GA-X48-DS5 is certainly a contender you should consider.

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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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