Gigabyte GA-EX38-DQ6 ReviewPropane -
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The Gigabyte GA EX38-DQ6 performed pretty well overall. While the performance it put out in the benchmarks were very comparable to the P965 board it was tested against, it still had a lot more room ahead if it had been paired with a better CPU and GPU. It also allows the user to have a second video card in Crossfire, which would boost performance up a lot. Some of the the best features on this board don't come from its performance, but from its other features, like the power saver. If you are in a pinch with high electricity bills coming in every month, just enable the power saver and, day after day, you can save a pretty decent amount.
Also, there should be no issues of connectivity on this motherboard. With eight USB 2.0 ports on the main I/O panel, along with a 6-pin and 4-pin Firewire connection; if you fill all of them up I would be very impressed. Also, there are four external SATA ports that you can connect, so there should be no issues there.
Finally, one feature I really liked was how the motherboard realized when the BIOS should be reset. When I messed up the overclock, all I had to do was wait, and things would get returned to default. This kept me from opening the case and setting the jumper. All in all, this motherboard is pretty good, and while it doesn't provide a huge performance increase, that is more because of the chipset and not what Gigabyte did. Also, all of the other features, like two 16x PCI-E slots and so many I/O ports make up for it and give this board a lot more potential than what was seen here.
- Two 16x PCI-E Slots
- Eight USB 2.0 Ports on Rear I/O Panel
- Dynamic Energy Saver
- Overclocking Recovery (Priceless When You Are Figuring Out That OC)
- Almost No Benefit in Performance With Testing Hardware
- Cooling Backplate Needs to be Removed to Use Some Aftermarket Heatsinks