Gigabyte GA-EX38-DQ6 ReviewPropane - April 10, 2008
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Gigabyte did a great job making sure that when you buy its EX38-DQ6, you will have plenty of accessories to help you accomplish whatever you need. Everything you could want is there, including stickers, a back plate, a quick start guide, a software CD, extra SATA and IDE cables, and an expansion port that I had not seen before which can be used to attach internal SATA drives outside your computer. Let's take a look at everything individually though.
The DQ6's manual is very similar to what Gigabyte has been using for a while now. It is pretty thick for a book of its size and describes pretty much anything you would want to know about the board in detail. It talks about how to flash the BIOS, jumper locations, and what each expansion slot is used for. With the help of this book, even someone who has never seen a motherboard before could feel confident about this.
Gigabyte included two SATA cables, an IDE cable and a floppy cable. Also, two brackets are included which plug into a SATA port on the motherboard and a molex connector from your PSU. This will let you connect internal hard drives to your computer without having to open it up. I have only been testing this board for two weeks and it has already come in handy by letting me diagnose a friend's drive quickly and easily. I'm sure you can come up with plenty of uses for this.
As can be seen in the picture bellow, the bracket part has ports for two SATA cables and one molex connector. Don't worry though, the power cable that is included is a molex to SATA power so you won't have to go hunting for a way to get power to your SATA drive. Also included with the DQ6 is a back plate that you can put into your case. This is standard with every motherboard and is included so that the I/O panel has a snug fit with the case. This one is color coded as most are these days, as well as labeled.
Let's take a look now at the motherboard itself.