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Gigabyte EX38-DS4 Review

Makaveli    -   February 19, 2008
Category: Motherboards
Price: $199.99 USD
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Introduction:

Everywhere you turn, every advertisement you set your eyes upon, you'll see that almost every manufacturer has joined the “green” movement. This movement is one in which the goal is to cut down our impact on this planet and save its natural resources. One method that computer hardware manufacturers use is creating more energy efficient items. Gigabyte is a perfect example of this. The company has just released its all new “Dynamic Energy Saver” technology that actually gives the user up to 70% less CPU power consumption! Gigabyte also boasts that this technology can give the user up to 20% better CPU power efficiency without sacrificing performance. Are these claims true? How will this Gigabyte EX38-DS4 compare to some of today’s elite motherboards? Join me as I thoroughly examine this new motherboard and the groundbreaking “Dynamic Energy Saver” technology from Gigabyte.

 

Closer Look:

The Gigabyte EX38-DS4 comes packaged in a bright, attractive, white and red box showcasing the “DS4” in a clear cube. The front of the box gives you some of the key features while the back side of the box goes more in depth into those features as well as exposing a few more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When you open the box, you’ll find an abundance of accessories on top of the motherboard. Gigabyte has included guides and manuals so that you have all of the information you need at your fingertips.

 

Before we get into the accessories, let’s take a closer look at the Gigabyte EX38-DS4 motherboard.




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Motherboard)
  3. Closer Look (Motherboard Continued)
  4. Closer Look (Bundled Accessories)
  5. Closer Look (The BIOS)
  6. Closer Look (The BIOS Continued)
  7. Closer Look (Dynamic Energy Saver)
  8. Configuration (Drivers & Programs)
  9. Specifications
  10. Testing (Setup, Overclocking)
  11. Testing: Apophysis, WinRAR
  12. Testing: SPECview 10, PCMark Vantage
  13. Testing: Sandra XII
  14. Testing: Sciencemark, HDTune, Cinebench
  15. Testing: Crysis
  16. Testing: Knights of The Sea
  17. Testing: BioShock
  18. Testing: Call of Duty 4
  19. Testing: World In Conflict
  20. Testing: Call of Juarez
  21. Testing: Company of Heroes Opposing Fronts
  22. Testing: 3DMark06
  23. Testing: Dynamic Energy Saver
  24. Conclusion
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