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Gigabyte X48T-DQ6 Review

ccokeman    -   May 25, 2008
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Conclusion:

Many of the pluses from the GA-X48-DQ6 are evident with the GA-X48T-DQ6. Performance-wise, it stacks up nicely next to the DDR2 version, something it should do considering they are basically the same board. In 27 out of 35 system benchmarks and 23 out of 32 gaming benchmarks, the performance of the X48T-DQ6 was equal to or better that the X48-DQ6. The potential is realized with the DDR3 version of Gigabyte's flagship X48 board. It overclocks just as well, with the added bonus of being able to run the system memory upwards of 1900MHz. While pushing the limits of this board I never had to use the clear CMOS jumper. Why, you ask ? Well, let me tell you. The X48T-DQ6 recovers from a failed overclock very well. If the settings are a bit too aggressive, the board will shut down and reboot with the default clock speeds on the system memory and CPU. I have grown accustomed to the fact that it will always recover no matter how hard I push. No more need to pull the side panel to do the jumper shuffle to get the board back in the game. It's a good thing considering the location of the jumper, right between the 16x PCI-E slots. While many manufacturers advertise 45nm support, Gigabyte has delivered. I have tried installing a QX9770 in all of the boards I have tested lately and surprisingly, many need additional BIOS updates or operate with reduced capabilities such as a locked multiplier, no half multiplier support or just plain not booting. Gigabyte's X48 boards both booted with no problems and even ran at the specified speeds with no problems.

So is migrating to a DDR3 based board worth the price of admission yet? In reality, it is getting much closer to prime time. The prices are dropping and the performance is increasing with each new set of memory released. Motherboard manufactuers such as Gigabyte are making the hardware to use the modules, so why not migrate? Four gigabytes is still prohibitively expensive, but a good 2 x 1 GB set will set you back between two and three bills, much the same way DDR2 did when it first arrived. If you always play with the latest technology, there is a price to pay, but as I said, that price is becoming more palatable.

Like the X48-DQ6, the X48T-DQ6 has the "Silent Pipe" and "Crazy Cool" silent cooling solutions. The benefits from additional cooling are usually increased clockspeeds and longer life. The larger northbridge heatsink did get warm to the touch, which means it is doing its job pulling the heat from the chipsets. Being energy conscious is becoming a way of life with the ever increasing costs associated with energy consumption. Gigabyte has you covered with its DES software and motherboard design. The software does indeed provide the ability to reduce the energy consumed, therefore reducing your energy liability. If you need a board that offers great performance, stability DDR3 support and "green" features, the Gigabyte X48T-DQ6 has you covered on all counts.

 

Pros:

  • Dynamic Energy Savings works
  • Performance
  • Overclocking ability
  • Stability
  • Better Northbridge cooling
  • Memory overclocking
  • Overclocking recovery
  • 45nm support

 

Cons:

  • "Crazy Cool" backplate

 

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