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Gigabyte EX38-DS4 Review

Makaveli    -   February 19, 2008
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While floppy drives are very outdated, they are still needed. Hence, Gigabyte placed one floppy connector on the motherboard. The DS4 has a 24-pin power connector as well as a conveniently located 4-pin Molex port. This motherboard supports up to 8GB of DDR2 1200/1066/800/667 system memory. You may have already noticed that this motherboard strongly promotes “Ultra Durable 2” technology. What is this technology? Well, according to Gigabyte, this means that the motherboard is designed with top quality and highly efficient materials. For one, it has a Low RDS(on) MOSFET design which keeps the temperature sixteen percent lower than standard MOSFETs. Also, the solid capacitors with Ultra Durable 2 technology last up to 12 times longer than regular solid capacitors.








As mentioned earlier, the heatsinks on both the PWM and northbridge are fairly large. They also have a unique style, as you can see. Notice the 8-pin motherboard power connector that has four of the pins capped off. This is a sign that if your power supply doesn’t have an 8-pin cable, you can still use a 4-pin cable to power the motherboard. Obviously, 8-pin is recommended to be sure that the motherboard has everything it needs.



Now that we’ve thoroughly examined the motherboard, let’s take a closer look at the included accessories.

  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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