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Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6
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Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6


Overall rating 8/10

The Intel X38 chipset has arrived featuring full speed PCIe x16 CrossFire support and introducing PCI Express 2.0. The Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 is the first retail-ready enthusiast class motherboard based on this new chipset to reach our labs and we've got the full scoop right here.

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Product Specification

Processor Support and Chipset Type
  • Support for an Intel Core 2 Extreme processor/ Intel Core 2 Quad processor/ Intel Core 2 Duo processor/ Intel Pentium processor Extreme Edition/ Intel Pentium D processor/ Intel Pentium 4 processor Extreme Edition/ Intel Pentium 4 processor in the LGA 775 package
  • Northbridge: Intel X38 Express Chipset
  • Southbridge: Intel ICH9R
  • T.I IEEE 1394 Controller
  • Gigabit Lan Controller
  • 8 Channels ALC889A Audio controller
Memory
  • 4 x 1.8V DDR2 DIMM sockets supporting up to 8 GB of system memory
  • Dual channel memory architecture
  • Support for DDR2 1200/1066/800/667MHz, ECC, non ECC memory modules.
Storage
  • South Bridge:
  • 6 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors (SATAII0, SATAII1, SATAII2, SATAII3, SATAII4, SATAII5) supporting up to 6 SATA 3Gb/s devices
  • support for SATA RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10
  • GIGABYTE SATA2 chip:
  • 1 x IDE connector supporting ATA-133/100/66/33 and up to 2 IDE devices
  • 2 x SATA 3 Gb/s connectors (GSATAIIA, GSATAIIB) supporting up to 2 SATA 3Gb/s devices
  • Support for SATA RAID 0, RAID 1, and JBOD
  • iTE IT8718 chip:
  • 1 x floppy disk drive connector supporting up to 1 floppy disk drive
Audio
  • Realtek ALC889A codec
  • High Definition Audio
  • 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel
  • Support for DTS (dts NEO:PC)
  • Support for S/PDIF In/Out
  • Support for CD In
Networking 2 x Realtek RTL8111B PCIe Gigabit Ethernet
FireWire (IEEE 1394)
  • Texas Instrument TSB43AB23 FireWire controller
  • 3 x 1394a ports @ 400 Mbps speed
Rear I/O
  • 1 x PS/2 keyboard port
  • 1 x PS/2 mouse port
  • 1 x coaxial S/PDIF Out connector
  • 1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector
  • 8 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
  • 2 x IEEE 1394a ports
  • 2 x RJ-45 port
  • 6 x audio jacks (Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out/Rear Speaker Out/Side Speaker Out/Line In/Line Out/Microphone)
Internal Connectors
  • 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
  • 1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
  • 1 x 4-pin PCIe 12V power connector
  • 1 x floppy disk drive connector
  • 1 x IDE connector
  • 8 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors
  • 1 x CPU fan header
  • 2 x system fan headers
  • 1 x power fan header
  • 1 x North Bridge fan header
  • 1 x front panel header
  • 1 x front panel audio header
  • 1 x CD In connector
  • 1 x S/PDIF In header
  • 1 x S/PDIF Out header
  • 2 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers
  • 1 x IEEE 1394a headers
  • 1 x parallel port header
  • 1 x Trusted Platform Module (TPM) header
  • 1 x serial port header
  • 1 x power LED header
  • 1 x chassis intrusion header
Expansion Slots
  • 2 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots (The PCIE_16_1 slot supports x16; the PCIE_16_2 supports x16.)
  • 3 x PCI Express x1 slots (share with the PCIE_16_2 slot)
  • 2 x PCI slots
Other Features
  • Gigabyte 6-Quad Design
  • Gigabyte Ultra Durable 2
  • 100% Solid Capacitors
  • Low RDS(on) MOSFETs
  • Ferrite Core chokes
Form Factor ATX form factor, 305 x 244mm