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Gigabyte EX38-DS4 Review

Makaveli    -   February 19, 2008
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Once you have the motherboard successfully installed, you’ll need to pop in the included driver disc. You can either do the “Xpress Install” to install everything or you can pick individual items to install. Since we have no drivers installed, I went ahead and did the “Xpress Install” to get everything onto my machine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Included with the drivers is extra software that you can install. With the Gigabyte EX38-DS4, you can install Norton Internet Security, Kaspersky Anti-Virus, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Gigabyte C.O.M. (Corporate Online Manager), Easy Tune 5 Pro, DMI Viewer, Face-Wizard, @BIOS, and System Information Utility. I don’t need most of it but I decided to install Easy Tune 5 Pro to see what kind of overclocking options they have in the program.

 

 

The Easy Tune 5 Pro is a very simple and self-explanatory overclocking utility. It’s easy to change your options and overclock your system but be sure that you know what you’re doing before you alter any settings.  I’m glad to see a hardware monitor included in this program because when I have any questions about what’s going on with my hardware, I don’t have to go into the BIOS to look.

 

 

On the remainder of the disc, you’ll find the driver CD information, as well as hardware information and a contact link.

 

The selection of software to install is robust but I personally don’t need most of them.  




  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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