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 pro...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.