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Intel P965 chipset examined with Gigabyte 965P-DQ6 - Final Thoughts

Today we compare Intel 975X vs. P965 chipset performance with Gigabyte's classy Core 2 Duo based 965P-DQ6 motherboard.

| Socket LGA 775 in Motherboards | Posted: Aug 23, 2006 4:00 am

Final Thoughts

 

Intel's Core 2 platform is extremely popular in terms of its early performance; those who want to stay on the top of the FPS game will want to ditch those AMD boxes and start to migrate to the Core 2 side of things. The only question is what platform to take - 975X board or P965?

 

While Intel does maintain the 975X is the enthusiast chipset, it not only lacks support for DDR2-800, which the P965 now supports but it also has the lesser ICH7R Southbridge. It is outperformed by the P965, its mainstream brother, in all of our tests and with a price tag on the chipset less than 975X, it's clear to see that the P965 is set to be the Core 2's best friend until nVidia's SLI rocket hits the shores.

 

It should already be clear from our comments, Gigabyte has done a fantastic job in terms of their first Intel P965 motherboard with all the latest features, great overclocking potential and simply great looks; we have absolutely no hesitations in recommending the 965P-DQ6 motherboard to potential Core 2 buyers - two thumbs up!

 

- Pros

 

Fast

 

DDR2-800 Support

 

ATI Crossfire support

 

Extremely high FSB overclocking

 

e.SATA

 

Onboard Digital Audio support

 

Upcoming Vista OS support

 

Future-proof with support for upcoming Quad Core processors

 

12 phase voltage system

 

A tone of extras

 

Best silent cooling system for onboard components

 

- Cons

 

Placement of IDE connector

 

Expensive but you get what you pay for!

 

Rating - 9.5 out of 10 and TweakTown's "MUST HAVE" Editor's Choice Award

 

 

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