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Gigabyte EP35-DS4 Review



The Gigabyte EP35-DS4 is going to be put up against some very tough competition. The competitors are the Abit IX38 GT, ASUS Maximus Formula, Foxconn Mars, and the Gigabyte X48-DQ6. All the motherboards were tested with the same equipment to eliminate the possibility of unfair advantages for any motherboard. All the boards had the latest drivers installed and were tested at stock, to begin with.


Testing Setup:

Comparison Motherboards:



Overclocked settings:

  • Processor: Intel Q6600 455 x 7
  • Sytem Memory: Mushkin XP2 6400 5-5-5-18

To overclock this motherboard, I'm going to be using the highest possible Front Side Bus to really push this motherboard. After a few days of trying different settings, the highest FSB that I could reach was 455 with a multiplier of 7. This is a 3.18GHz CPU clock, which isn't significantly higher than the stock 2.4GHz clock of the Q6600 processor. 455 isn't bad, I was able to get 466 x 7 out of the Gigabyte EX38-DS4, so if you compare the chipsets, it seems as if the X38 has a tad higher overclock. Don't get me wrong though, 455 x 7 is a good overclock, but I would have liked to see it go slightly higher.



  • 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 Jaurez
  7. 3DMark06 Professional


  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Motherboard)
  3. Closer Look (Bundled Accessories)
  4. Closer Look (The BIOS)
  5. Closer Look (The BIOS Continued)
  6. Configuration (Drivers & Programs)
  7. Specifications & Features
  8. Testing (Setup, Overclocking)
  9. Testing: Apophysis, WinRAR
  10. Testing: SPECview, PCMark Vantage
  11. Testing: Sandra XII Professional
  12. Testing: ScienceMark, HDTune, Cinebench
  13. Testing: Crysis
  14. Testing: Knights Of The Sea
  15. Testing: Bioshock
  16. Testing: Call of Duty 4
  17. Testing: World In Conflict
  18. Testing: Call of Juarez
  19. Testing: Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts
  20. Testing: 3DMark06
  21. Testing: Dynamic Energy Saver
  22. Conclusion
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