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Gigabyte X48T-DQ6 Review

ccokeman    -   May 25, 2008
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Testing:

The Gigabyte X48T-DQ6 will be put through our benchmarking suite to see what kind of performance the motherboard delivers. The OverclockersClub series of benchmarks include both system tests and gaming benchmarks to verify the performance of this product. I will be comparing the performance of the X48T-DQ6 against its DDR2 cousin, the X48-DQ6. The tests will compare performance against the two to see if DDR3 does indeed offer a performance improvement. Testing will be a direct comparison of our stock speed benchmarking; all clock speeds and memory timings will be as close as possible to offer a fair comparison on each of the boards. All motherboard and video card settings were left at setup defaults, again to eliminate any variables.

 

Testing Setup:

Comparison Motherboard:

 

Overclocking:

Overclocked settings:

  • Processor: Intel Q9450 470 x 8
  • Sytem Memory: Patriot Viper Fin 12800 8-8-8-24 940

Overclocking the X48T-DQ6 was in all respects just the same as the X48-DQ6. The Q9450 I use in my reviews ran up on the same 470FSB limit that it did on the DDR2 version of the board. This limited my memory overclock to only 940MHz at 8-8-8-24 1t. Tweaking the voltages and timings did not allow me to progress any further. Reaching the limits of my chip may seem like a bad thing, but it's not really when you look at it. Some never get that far, while some people can eclipse the results I have achieved. It all comes down to how good your individual hardware is and the time it takes to pull the most from the X48T-DQ6. There are enough options in the BIOS to allow for fine tuning the voltages, clockspeeds and memory dividers. I found that the B (333) dividers were the most stable for the hardware I used on this board. Of course, your mileage may vary. Overclocking a quad core processor presents some unique challenges, making the stabilization of an overclock that much harder. Many of the upper end enthusiast boards on the market can do 500FSB+ speeds with dual core processors and while I could have shown dual core CPU results, I wanted to know how well it does with a quad core CPU. Finding that limitation is the fun part of this hobby.

 

Benchmarks:

  • Scientific & Data:
  1. Apophysis
  2. WinRAR
  3. SpecviewPerf 10
  4. PCMark Vantage Professional
  5. Sandra XII
  6. ScienceMark 2.02 Final
  7. Cinebench 10
  8. HD Tune 2.54
  • Video:
  1. Crysis
  2. Knights of the Sea
  3. Bioshock
  4. Call of Duty 4
  5. World in Conflict
  6. Call of Juarez
  7. 3DMark 06 Professional

 




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