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Gigabyte EX38-DS4 Review

Makaveli    -   February 19, 2008
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Gigabyte's Dynamic Energy Saver technology is what really sets this motherboard ahead of the competition. They boast that this software can help you achieve up to 70% less CPU power consumption as well as up to 20% improved power efficiency. What does this do to the actual physical motherboard? Well actually, not much. Gigabyte removed the 4-pin Molex connector to replace it with LEDs that light up to show you how significant your loading is. You can see the original motherboard on the left and the new motherboard with Dynamic Energy Saver on the right.








You can obtain the Dynamic Energy Saver software either on your included driver disc or on Gigabyte's website. After you install the software, you'll be prompted to restart so that the changes take effect. You'll need to press the "On" button once you load up the software.




You can think of the "Power Savings" readout like an odometer on a car. It just keeps on adding every bit of wattage you save so that you can see it over time. As you can see, it took me about two and half hours to save just over 22 watts. The higher you set the level of your CPU voltage under the "Dynamic Voltage" tab, the faster you'll see the "Power Savings" readout go up.


You can see the testing on this particular feature further into the review.

  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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