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Gigabyte GA-EX38-DQ6 Review



The first two benchmarks that I will take a look at are Apophysis and WinRar.


Apophysis is a program that is used to render fractal flame images. Computing fractals is something that takes a lot of time, and finding out how fast the fractal completes will give us a good idea of how high the performance of the X38-DQ6 is. The settings that will be used are as follows:

  • Resolution: 2750x2048
  • Quality: 500
  • Limit Memory use: 512MB

The results are reported in time to render in minutes.










A lot of people are familiar with the utility WinRAR which allows users to extract a lot of different types of archives such as tarballs, zip files, and rar files. Performing these actions can take a lot of processing power and time. We will uncompress a 10Mb, 100Mb, and 500Mb zip files and see how long that process takes, then we will compress the same files to RAR and record the time that takes. All compression settings are set to their defaults.




It struck me as strange that the time for the stock DQ6 was so high in Apophysis, and I'm not sure what might have caused this. I did run it twice to make sure that it was not a fluke and got similar results. The only thing I can think of is the hardware side power saver maybe having something to do with it. The results in WinRar show the DQ6 outperforming the DS3 by a small margin; however, as the compressed files continue getting larger, this ΔT would get larger and larger also. All of the boards went faster than one second of time in compressing the 10MB file.

  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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