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Gigabyte GA-EX38-DQ6 Review

Propane    -   April 10, 2008
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One of the coolest parts of the BIOS that comes with Gigabyte's EX38-DQ6 motherboard is the M.I.T., or Motherboard Intelligent Tweaker. There is a lot to cover here and if you are planing on overclocking, something you will want to learn well. You can do everything here from change the FSB to change memory timings that you have never even heard of before.

Motherboard Intelligent Tweaker:

The first time you journey into the M.I.T. settings, you will find pretty much every setting set to AUTO, or automatically set for you. However, this is OverclockersClub and letting the DQ6 decide what is best for us isn't in our nature. We just have to get in there and squeeze out as much performance as we can and this is the place we can do it. The first feature that M.I.T. supports is the Robust Graphics Booster, a feature which controls your GPU and can help increase performance of your GPU.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The next two options are the used to control the CPU multiplier and CPU clock frequency. The multiplier can be changed according to what your CPU can handle. For the E6600, this value can range from 6 to 9, but for other processors, this can change. Refer to your processor documentation to find out what your processor supports. As for clock speed, the DQ6 can support outrageously fast speeds, up to 700MHz. While it is probably not practical to think you will hit this high of a FSB, at least you can feel confident that this board will be future proof, and it could prove to be a fun goal to try to reach if you want to go extreme. To be able to change the CPU clock speed, however, you have to enable the CPU Host Clock Control option.

 

 

The next setting is the PCI-Express frequency. This will modify the clock speed of the PCI-Express bus and small changes can throw your hardware out of proper running specs. Then again, that is what overclocking is all about. Also, a feature called C.I.A.2 is included that can automatically modify some of your processor's running specifications. I turned it off because I wanted to be in full control of what my hardware was doing.

 

 

Next up is a couple of settings that control your RAM. The first one is the memory multiplier, which makes the memory's clock speed run at some fraction of the front side bus speed. By doing this you can run your RAM faster than you otherwise might be able to, or run your CPU faster than your RAM would normally allow. The next setting, when enabled, allows you to control each separate memory timing specification. This is pretty advanced and is best used when you want to really tweak your computer to get every last drop of performance. You can see all the individual settings you can change in the picture below.

 

 

Another feature that the DQ6's BIOS has is the ability to change the voltage of almost any component. For the most part, the voltages are measured in deviation from nominal and some of them are even color coded so you know when you are getting into the dangerous area. Also, a Loadline Calibration feature is present that can help keep the VCore more stable.

 

 




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