Not many motherboards offer eight USB 2.0 ports on the back panel.
All Gigabyte DQ6 series motherboards come with a 12-phase voltage regulator, which is just about ideal for enthusiasts. However, only the latest motherboards also come with the DES power saving feature, which allows users to reduce the number of phases dynamically, to increase power efficiency. If only overclocking and power saving would not exclude each other…
The cooling solution doesn’t support liquid cooling products like the Asus solution, but it’s still efficient enough to beat the FSB speed record set by Asus.
Gigabyte supplies all necessary cables, including six SATA cables, the twin eSATA module, floppy and UltraATA cables, as well as adapters to power SATA drives via Molex connectors.
Gigabyte adds a mass storage controller to be able to offer UltraATA/133 ports. Clearly, Gigabyte doesn’t share Intel’s opinion of UltraATA being obsolete.
The box is shiny and impressive, but don’t be blinded by all the marketing buzz words.
- Intel X48 vs. Nvidia nForce 790i Ultra SLI
- Some Chipset History
- Enthusiast Chipset Comparison
- Intel X48
- Nvidia nForce 790i Ultra SLI
- Intel X48: Gigabyte X48T-DQ6
- Overclocking: EasyTune Software
- nForce 790i Ultra SLI: Asus Striker II Extreme
- Asus’s Energy Saving Counter
- Overclocking nForce 790i Ultra SLI and X48
- Intel X48 Overclocking
- Test Setup
- Performance Benchmark Results
- Video Benchmarks
- Synthetic Benchmarks
- Overclocking Results
- USB 2.0 Benchmark Results
- SATA Storage Performance
- RAID 0 I/O Performance
- RAID 0+1 I/O Performance
- RAID 5 I/O Performance (Intact & Degraded