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Conclusion

Top Gigabyte mainboards used to very rarely receive positive verdict from our lab. From the computer enthusiasts’ prospective, they had a lot of drawbacks that wouldn’t let us recommend them as a good solution for overclocker systems. However, the results of our today’s Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 review prove that Gigabyte engineers are working really hard on eliminating former issues.

Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 mainboard doesn’t have any problems with powerful processor coolers installation any more, and its BIOS provides easy access to all necessary settings. The only unsolved matter remains the performance drop during overclocking, however, we hope that they will solve this problem in the new BIOS revisions.

All in all, Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 made a very good impression on our staff. This board is a worthy option for a high-performance gaming system. It boasts extremely rich specifications and offers excellent and highly functional CPU overclocking tools.

Moreover, this board is compatible with the upcoming Penryn processors, can work with CPUs supporting 1600MHz system bus and supports dual-graphics card Crossfire configurations. Unfortunately, the board doesn’t support the alternative Nvidia SLI technology, but Gigabyte engineers have nothing to do with it: Nvidia doesn’t allow this feature to be supported on any Intel X38 based mainboards.

Highs:

  • Compatibility with upcoming Penryn processors and 1600MHz bus support;
  • Good features for CPU and memory overclocking;
  • Supports PCI Express 2.0 x16 bus with twice the bandwidth;
  • Crossfire x16+x16 support;
  • 8 Serial ATA II channels with RAID support;
  • Functional rear panel.

Lows:

  • No Nvidia SLI support;
  • Low performance during overclocking;
  • Lowering of processor Vcore and significant Vcore drop under high workload.
 
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