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Gigabyte EX38-DS4 Review

Makaveli    -   February 19, 2008
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Conclusion:

Overall, I felt as though the Gigabyte EX38-DS4 was about average in terms of performance because a majority of its results were neck-and-neck with the other motherboards. This parity in performance across manufacturers boards with similar features and chipsets is to be expected at stock speeds. The real test is when it comes to the enthusiast market and the torture testing begins. The overclocking ability was quite good considering that I was able to get the CPU to a 466 FSB with a 7 multiplier. On some motherboards, I've had to fight for 400 FSB but this motherboard clearly went above 400 with ease. The Dynamic Energy Saver technology is what really set this motherboard ahead of the other motherboards. It shaved off roughly 20 watts from both my idle and load power wattage. On the downside, this software doesn't work while the board is overclocked - it only functions at stock frequencies. I believe that Gigabyte will fix that issue but for now, that's how it is and for an enthusiast, such as myself, who has his system overclocked a majority of the time, it's not very convenient. The technology is up to date, the performance isn't disappointing, the board is quite overclockable, and you'll be able to save power all at an affordable price. Who knows, down the road, we could all be bragging about how much power we've saved with Gigabyte's Dynamic Energy Saver software.

 

Pros:

  • Dynamic Energy Saver
  • Overclocking Ability
  • Accessories
  • X38 Chipset

 

Cons:

  • Dynamic Energy Saver (Only works with stock frequencies)

 

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  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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