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Gigabyte EX38-DS4 Review

Makaveli    -   February 19, 2008
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The first half of our benchmarking gauntlet consists of system specific benchmarks.


First up is Apophysis. We're going to use this program to render our very own custom fractal flame image. The settings that we'll use are as follows:

  • Resolution: 2750x2048
  • Quality: 500
  • Limit Memory use: 512MB



The results show how long it took for the image to render, in minutes.


Lower is Better


WinRAR is a very handy tool that archives files into a single smaller file. At OverclockersClub, we use 10MB, 100MB and 500MB files and record the time it takes to compress these files. The results are in seconds - lower is better.










The Gigabyte EX38 came out on top in almost all of the WinRAR tests and finished almost the same as the other motherboards in Apophysis. It also did very well while overclocked.


  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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