Summary: The GA-X38-DQ6 board supports 800/1066/1333/1600 MHz Intel Celeron D, Pentium 4/D/XE and Core 2 Duo/Quad processors. This platform comes equipped with DDR memory slots, and can be installed with a
maximum of 8GB of DDR2-1066 MHz memory.
Summary: The Intel X38 based mainboard with DDR2 SDRAM support from Gigabyte pleased us with the absence of some frustrating drawbacks we have seen before. Let’s find out if the improvements made to this board make it worth our recommendation to computer enthusiasts.
Pros: Compatibility with upcoming Penryn processors and 1600MHz bus support;, Good features for CPU and memory overclocking;, Supports PCI Express 2.0 x16 bus with twice the bandwidth;, Crossfire x16+x16 support;, 8 Serial ATA II channels with RAID support;, Functional rear panel.
Cons: No Nvidia SLI support;, Low performance during overclocking;, Lowering of processor Vcore and significant Vcore drop under high workload.
Summary: The overall performance of the Gigabyte GA-X38 DQ6 is fairly good and performed as expected. It produced some good results in some of our benchmark tests. In general, I am pleased with its overall performance, especially since it uses DD2 ram. But there's one thing to remember, can't expect it to outperform other X38 motherboards which uses DDR3 ram. If you look at the other boards using DDR3 ram, you notice a marginal difference. Not a huge difference, but still ...
Conclusion: With the X38-DQ6 Gigabyte certainly has another hit on their hands. The board has an excellent feature set and delivered solid performance in our benchmarks, generally falling somewhere between the P35 DDR3-1333 system and the P35 DDR2-800 testbed in performance. Gigabyte has also outfitted the board with a very powerful BIOS that frankly could get inexperienced users in some trouble if they aren’t careful with some of the voltage settings.
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Summary: Gigabyte's X38-DQ6 is very well built, has very good connectivity options and was stable in our tests. It still supports DDR2 RAM, and it will be able to handle 45-nanometre CPUs as soon as they are released. If you're after a high-end board, it's definitely worth a look.
Pros: Well built, almost-silent operation; 1600MHz FSB speed; flexible overclocking options; it has support for Intel's upcoming 45-nanometre CPUs; it's based on DDR2 RAM
Cons: It ships with four eSATA ports, but they need to be plugged in to four of the eight internal ports in order to work; it has only two full length PCIe slots
Excerpt: You may have seen glimpses of them from this year's Computex showcase, but we've got close up shots of an actual engineering sample of Gigabyte's upcoming Intel X38 motherboard, the GA-X38-DQ6, as well as some information on more X38 boards from Gigabyte. Read on.