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Gigabyte GA-EX38-DQ6 Review



To test Gigabyte's X38-DQ6, I will run a set of benchmarks that the OverclockersClub team feels can represent the real world performance of the motherboard. We will run some benchmarks that will stress the CPU, and some that will stress the GPU. Together, these should provide you with a rather realistic idea of what performance you will see. I will test the EX38-DQ6 against one other motherboard, the Gigabyte 956P-DS3. Additionally, I will overclock the EX38-DQ6 as far as my components will let me and compare those results with the results from the aforementioned motherboard and the DQ6 at stock settings.


Testing Setup:

  • Intel Core2Duo E6600 Processor
  • Gigabyte GA EX38-DQ6 Motherboard
  • 2048MB G.Skill HZ RAM
  • eVGA 8800GTS 640MB Video Card
  • GameXtreme 700w Power Supply
  • Western Digital 74GB Raptor
  • Western Digital 500GB Caviar
  • Sony Optical Drive
  • Antec Sonata II Mid-tower Case
  • Windows Vista Home Premium
  • Saitek GM3200 Laser Mouse

Comparison Motherboards:

  • Gigabyte 965P-DS3



Overclocked Settings:

  • Processor: Intel E6600 @ 350MHz x 9
  • RAM: G.Skill HZ @ 525MHz

The overclock here came pretty easy and left me with a large performance boost on air cooling.  I only had to increase the voltages slightly to make this configuration stable but it took me a while to figure it all out.  When it was all said and done, I had raised the RAM voltage by two steps, the VCore by three steps, and the main FSB voltage by one step. This kept my temperatures low and give me a nice OC to boot.



Scientific & Data Benchmarks:

  • Apophysis
  • WinRAR
  • SpecviewPerf 10
  • PCMark Vantage Professional
  • Sandra XII
  • ScienceMark 2.02 Final
  • Cinebench 10
  • HD Tune 2.54

Video Benchmarks:

  • Crysis
  • Knights of the Sea
  • Bioshock
  • Call of Duty 4
  • World in Conflict
  • Call of Jaurez
  • 3DMark 06 Professional

  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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