Summary: Sometimes the desire to create a perfect product results in somewhat absurd consequences. Today we are going to introduce to you a perfect illustration of this saying – the top-of-the-line Gigabyte mainboard from the Intel P965 Express based family.
Pros: Two PCI Express x16 slots;, Quad e-SATA2;, IEEE1394;, 12-phase processor voltage regulator and 8-pin ATX12V power supply connector;, Color coded connectors;, Full-set of rear panel connectors;, Good overclocking-friendly options offered by the mainboard BIOS;, Adjustable rotation speed of the processor cooler.
Cons: Only three fan connectors;, Only two PCI slots;, Not very informative PC Health Status section;, Incompatibility with many processor coolers because of the Crazy Cool cooling system and closely located capacitors;, High price.
Excerpt: The computer world was shocked, to say the least, when Intel finally decided to put the Netburst architecture to rest, as well as the Pentium branding. It was quite possibly since the Pentium 4 put a rather sour taste in the computer public's mouth - it was indeed time to start fresh, and the Core branding is a new name for a new architecture, well sort of.
Summary: The Gigabyte 965P-DQ6 "6 Quad" motherboard is a little difficult to sum up. It is a great board that offers a ton of features, extras and great performance. It comes with everything you need to set up a great system, and has performance that is just downright incredible. It has an incredible amount of voltage adjustments, memory dividers and other options that let you tweak far beyond what your hardware can take. Although it is nice to be able to put almost 2.4v...
Pros: Excellent bundle with many extra (incl. 2 eSATA)., Good layout., Lots of SATA ports., All Solid Capacitors., 12 Phase Power., Very stable throughout testing., Excellent overclocking features.
Cons: Priced too steep for a 965P based motherboard.
Summary: The performance of the DQ6 is comparable to other P965 based motherboards that we've tested. And as expected Intel's i975X is still the chipset of choice for enthusiasts, However, what the DQ6 lacks in certain areas, it definitely makes up in other departments. It's feature rich and offers excellent stability all thanks to the Quade Triple Phase feature, and don't forget the excellent overclocking potential.
Excerpt: Gigabyte GA-965P-DQ6 is
Gigabyte's high end mainboard for the Intel Core 2 Duo/ Core 2 Extreme
processors based on the Intel 965P chipset. Featuring some of the best of best
feature set, it is one board that will amaze you. Gigabyte has always delivered
many innovative products. Remember the Dual BIOS. This time round, Gigabyte is
going to play QUAD. The GA-965P-DQ6 is one of the first of such kind that
provides quad solutions. So what is quad solution?
Conclusion: In a lot of ways, Gigabyte’s GA-965P-DQ6 has been overbuilt. To an enthusiast looking to push his motherboard to the max, that’s definitely a good thing. With 12 power phases onboard, the GA-965P-DQ6 is definitely overbuilt in comparison to other motherboards. No one else out there has a power delivery system as robust as Gigabyte with their GA-965P-DQ6. Running alongside this is their use of all-solid capacitors.
Summary: Before I continue it is important to point out exactly why there were no overclocking results included in this review, since it is likely this is what most readers will be interested in. Given the fact that the Gigabyte 965P-DQ6 looks to be geared for the avid overclocker this was one of the first aspects of the board that I looked into.