Gigabyte X48T-DQ6 Reviewccokeman -
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The first thing to do once the O/S has been installed would be to install all of the drivers and software needed by the board to operate as intended. If this isn't done then chances are that the rig you just spent your hard earned dollars on will not perform at its best. To make finding the appropriate drivers simple, Gigabyte has included a disc that has drivers for Vista as well as other versions of the Windows operating system. Additionally, this disc contains some proprietary software applications for both monitoring and managing system performance and energy savings.
The first tab is "Install Chipset Drivers." By choosing the Xpress Install, the software will install all of the needed drivers in one session, saving some of your valuable time. A manual installation is possible if so desired. The second tab is for installing additional software and some proprietary applications such as Easy Tune 5 Pro, DES (Dynamic Energy Savings) and @BIOS, an updating utility.
The next tab shows what applications and drivers are on the driver disc all in one place. The Hardware Information tab gives detailed information about the hardware installed or built into the X48-DQ6. Last, but not least, is the contact page that gives contact information across the globe.
One of the proprietary applications included is Easy Tune 5. This application can be both a monitoring tool as well an overclocking tool. Many of the adjustments that can be made in the BIOS are available in this tool. One thing that surprised me was the video card overclocking tab, something that was not there the last time I used Easy Tune. Cool!
Several other applications that are included are the @BIOS utility to help find, download and flash the BIOS, all in one application. Face Wizard is for making a customized boot screen. The DES utility is something we will look at later in this review.
Let's move on to testing the X48T-DQ6 out to see what it has to offer in terms of performance.