Gigabyte certainly is not one to be shrugged off lightly these days. While in the past some boards have had their reliability issues, Gigabyte United's range of motherboards are a totally different story.
The brand new DQ6 revision 3.3 is ultimately the culmination of the power and features of the older DQ6 that was so popular and powerful with the added features of Vista Premium certification as well as some new overclocking aids such as the high quality all solid capacitor technology and native support for 1333MHz Quad Pumped FSB for upcoming Intel Core 2 processors.
The feature set hasn't changed at all really since the original DQ6, so if you have one and were hoping for a few more bells and whistles, you will be disappointed. If you're going for a high speed, overclocking king, this is really what you want to look at. It's probably debatable if you would upgrade from the original DQ6 to revision 3.3 but if you're looking at building a new Core 2 system and want plenty of great features, performance, overclocking and high quality components, it is something for serious consideration.
Pure all solid capacitors motherboard designs are now starting to get their foot in the door, with the superior performance, lifespan and cooling that they offer, electrolyte capacitors days are soon to be numbered.
The folks at Gigabyte United are quite serious about producing high quality motherboards. Every time we visit them at their HQ, they are telling us that all their new boards will use expensive and high quality components. The new Gigabyte DQ6 revision 3.3 backs up their statements and as long as you don't need nVidia SLI dual graphics support, it's easily the best Socket 775 motherboard that money can buy. We recommend it without any hesitation.
All Solid Capacitor design for stability and longevity
Superior overclocking to the original DQ6
Native 1333MHz FSB support for future processors
Excellent silent cooling of the voltage systems and North/South bridges
Loads of great features including AMD Crossfire dual graphics
More expensive than the original DQ6 but only slightly
Onboard e.SATA would be better rather than external brackets
No nVidia SLI dual graphics support
Rating - 9.5 out of 10 and TweakTown's "MUST HAVE" Editor's Choice Award!
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