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GIGABYTE X38-DQ6 Mobo - Final Version! - BIOS and Overclocking

We've gotten our hands on a retail sample of GIGABYTE's first X38 motherboard today. We see how it goes up against P35.

| Socket LGA 775 in Motherboards | Posted: Sep 18, 2007 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 87%Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

BIOS

 

 

Coming down to the BIOS we get to see the traditional Award 6 Modular setup that Gigabyte has chosen to use. The overclocking options as always go under the Motherboard Intelligent Tweaker (M.I.T) menu.

 

 

Frequencies

 

CPU Host Frequency: 100MHz to 700 MHz in 1MHz increments

 

PCI Express Frequency: 100MHz to 150MHz in 1MHz increments

 

Voltages

 

DDR2 OverVoltage Control: +0.05v to +2.55v in 0.05v increments

 

PCI-E OverVoltage Control: +0.05v to 0.35v in 0.05v increments

 

FSB OverVoltage Control: +0.05v to +0.35v in 0.05v increments

 

(G)MCH OverVoltage Control: +0.025v to 0.375v in 0.025v increments

 

CPU OverVoltage Control: 0.83125v to 2.35000v in 0.00125v increments

 

Overclocking

 

 

Our overclocking results were not quite what we were hoping for. P35 has done over the 550MHz mark with its DDR3. Though we are dealing with DDR2 here we were hoping to get as high as the P35T has managed which is 580MHz. The P35 has managed 520MHz, we only got 517MHz out of our current board. There are still a few BIOS issues to work out as for no reason even at stock sometimes the board will turn off and do the Gigabyte BIOS restart which usually only occurs if you overclock it incorrectly. But how can this be when we're at stock? A few more tweaks will help this board gain some extra speed.

 

Important Editor Note: Our maximum overclocking result is the best result we managed in our limited time of testing the motherboard. Due to time constraints we were unable to tweak the motherboard to the maximum and find the highest possible FSB as this could take days to find properly. We do however spend at least a few hours overclocking every motherboard to try and find the highest possible overclock in that time frame. You may or may not be able to overclock higher if you spend more time tweaking or as new BIOS updates are released. "Burn-in" time might also come into play if you believe in that theory.

 

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