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Gigabyte GA-EX38-DQ6 Review





Support for an Intel® Core™ 2 Extreme processor/ Intel® Core™ 2 Quad processor/Intel® Core™ 2 Duo processor/ Intel® Pentium® processor Extreme Edition/Intel® Pentium® D processor/ Intel® Pentium® 4 processor Extreme Edition/Intel® Pentium® 4 processor/ Intel® Celeron® processor in the LGA 775 package

            (Go to GIGABYTE's website for the latest CPU support list.) L2 cache varies with CPU

1600/1333/1066/800 MHz FSB
North Bridge: Intel® X38 Chipset
South Bridge: Intel® ICH9R
4 x 1.8V DDR2 DIMM sockets supporting up to 8 GB of system memory

 Dual channel memory architecture

 Support for DDR2 1200/1066/800/667MHz, ECC, non ECC memory modules.

Realtek ALC889A codec

          o High Definition Audio

          o 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel

          o Support for DTS (dts NEO:PC)

          o Support for S/PDIF In/Out

          o Support for CD In
Realtek 8111C chip (10/100/1000 Mbit)
Expansion Slots

2 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots (The PCIE_16_1 slot supports x16; the PCIE_16_2 supports x16.)

 3 x PCI Express x1 slots (share with the PCIE_16_2 slot)

 2 x PCI slots
Storage Interface
South Bridge:

                + 6 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors (SATAII0, SATAII1, SATAII2, SATAII3, SATAII4, SATAII5) supporting up to 6 SATA 3Gb/s devices

                + Support for SATA RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10

          o GIGABYTE SATA2 chip:

                + 1 x IDE connector supporting ATA-133/100/66/33 and up to 2 IDE devices

                + 2 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors (GSATAIIA, GSATAIIB) supporting up to 2 SATA 3Gb/s devices

                + Support for SATA RAID 0, RAID 1, and JBOD

          o iTE IT8718 chip:

                + 1 x floppy disk drive connector supporting up to 1 floppy disk drive

IEEE 1394
T.I. TSB43AB23 chip

  Up to 3 IEEE 1394a ports (2 on the back panel, 1 via the IEEE 1394 bracket connected to the internal IEEE 1394 header)

Integrated in the South Bridge

 Up to 12 USB 2.0/1.1 ports (8 on the back panel, 4 via the USB brackets connected to the internal USB headers)

Internal I/O Connectors
1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector

 1 x 4-pin PCIe 12V power connector

 1 x floppy disk drive connector

 1 x IDE connector
 8 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors
 1 x CPU fan header
 2 x system fan headers
 1 x power fan header
 1 x North Bridge fan header
 1 x front panel header
 1 x front panel audio header
 1 x CD In connector
 1 x S/PDIF In header
 1 x S/PDIF Out header
 2 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers
 1 x IEEE 1394a header
 1 x parallel port header
 1 x serial port header
 1 x power LED header
 1 x chassis intrusion header
Rear Panel I/O
1 x PS/2 keyboard port
 1 x PS/2 mouse port

 1 x coaxial S/PDIF Out connector

 1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector

 8 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
 2 x IEEE 1394a ports
 2 x RJ-45 port

 6 x audio jacks (Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out/Rear Speaker Out/Side Speaker Out/Line In/Line Out/Microphone)

I/O Controller
iTE IT8718 chip
H/W Monitoring
System voltage detection

 CPU/System temperature detection

 CPU/System/Power fan speed detection

 CPU overheating warning

 CPU/System/Power fan fail warning

 CPU fan speed control
Supports QuadBIOS
2 x 8 Mbit flash ROM
Use of licensed AWARD BIOS
PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.0, SM BIOS 2.3, ACPI 1.0b.
Unique Features

 Support for Dynamic Energy Saver

 Support for @BIOS
 Support for Download Center
Support for Q-Flash
Support for EasyTune
Support for Xpress Install
Support for Xpress Recovery2
Form Factor
ATX Form Factor; 30.5cm x 24.4cm



  • Revolution energy saving design with DES technology
  • Supports Intel® Core 2™ multi-core and 45nm processors.
  • 1600 MHz FSB (Front Side Bus) support.
  • DDR2 1200 memory with Intel® ECC technology featuring faster speeds and higher data bandwidth
  • High quality CPU power module with Ferrite Core Chokes, Lower RDS (on) MOSFETs and Lower ESR Solid Capacitors.
  • Supports ATI CrossFireX™ with Dual PCI-E 2.0 x16 graphics for extreme gaming performance.
  • High speed Gigabit Ethernet with Green design for power consumption
  • ALC889A with DTS Connect enables high quality Full Rate Lossless Audio and support for both Blu-ray and HD DVD.
  • Features SATA 3Gb/s with Quad eSATA 2 interface.
  • Quad BIOS for an extended level of protection.
  • Quad-Triple Phase Power Design for ultimate system stability.
  • 2 Gigabit Ethernet LAN through Teaming.


  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look ( Bundled Accessories)
  3. Closer Look (The Motherboard)
  4. Closer Look (Configuration)
  5. Closer Look (The BIOS)
  6. Closer Look (The BIOS Continued)
  7. Specifications & Features
  8. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  9. Testing: Apophysis & WinRar
  10. Testing: Specview 10 & PCMark Vantage
  11. Testing: Sandra XII
  12. Testing: Sciencemark, CineBench 10 & HD Tune
  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 Saving Feature
  22. Conclusion
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