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Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 review

Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 (Intel X38)

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Technical Specifications

Product Bundle and Technical Specifications

The GA-X38-DQ6 comes with a minimal, yet functional peripheral bundle with the usual set of storage device cables and a bracket to enable eSATA functionality if you require it. Software bundle at this point seems to be one driver DVD. Our review sample came with the following package bundle:-

  • 4 x SATA cables
  • UltraDMA 133/100/66 cable
  • Floppy disk drive cable
  • 2-port eSATA bracket
  • External SATA data and power cables
  • I/O Shield
  • Driver DVD and user's manual
Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 Technical Specifications
CPU Support
  • Supports all 90nm/65nm Intel LGA775 processors
  • 45nm ready (Wolfdale & Yorkfield)
  • Quad-Core Optimized
Chipset
  • Northbridge: Intel X38
    • 533 / 800 / 1066 / 1333MHz front side bus
    • Dual PCI Express x16 for graphics
  • Southbridge: Intel ICH9R
    • Intel High Definition Audio
    • Supports six PCI Express x1 lanes
    • Supports up to twelve USB 2.0 ports
    • Supports six SATA 3.0Gbps ports (with Matrix Storage Technology)
    • Integrated 10/100/1000Mbps MAC
Memory
  • Supports four unbuffered DIMM of 1.8 Volt DDR2 SDRAM
  • Supports 1066/800/677/533 dual channel DDR2 memory architecture
Storage
  • Intel ICH9R Southbridge
    • 6 x SATA 3.0Gbps interface
    • Intel Matrix Storage Technology
    • Supports RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1, RAID 5, RAID 10
  • Gigabyte SATA2 (JMicron JMB363)
    • 1 x Ultra ATA 33/66/100/133 (data transfer rate up to 133MB/sec.)
    • 2 x SATA 3.0Gbps interface (eSATA)
    • SATA RAID 0, RAID1 and JBOD
Audio
  • Intel High Definition Audio (Azalia)
  • Realtek ALC889A HD Audio CODEC
  • Protected path content encryption/decryption (Microsoft WLP 3.0 compliant)
  • Optical and coaxial S/PDIF
Networking
  • 2 x Realtek RTL8111B PCIe Gigabit Ethernet
IEEE 1394 (FireWire)
  • Texas Instrument TSB43AB23 FireWire controller
  • 3 x 1394a ports @ 400 Mbps speed
I/O Interface
  • 1 x Floppy connector
  • 1 x Ultra ATA IDE connectors
  • 8 x SATA connectors
  • 12 x USB 2.0 ports (8 x rear, 4 x header)
  • 2 x RJ45 LAN ports
  • 3 x FireWire-400 ports (2 x rear, 1 x header)
  • 1 x Optical S/PDIF Output 
  • 1 x Coaxial S/PDIF Output 
  • 8-Channel Audio I/O ports
  • 1 x Parallel port header
  • 1 x COM port header
  • 1 x mini-DIN-6 PS/2 keyboard port
  • 1 x mini-DIN-6 PS/2 mouse port
Expansion Slots
  • 2 x PCIe x16 slots, PCI Express Bus specification v2.0 compliant
  • 3 x PCIe x1 slots, PCI Express Bus specification v1.1 compliant
  • 2 x 32-bit PCI slots, PCI 2.3 compliant
Special Features
  • Gigabyte 6-Quad Design
  • Gigabyte Ultra Durable 2
    • 100% Solid Capacitors
    • Low RDS(on) MOSFETs
    • Ferrite Core chokes
PCB
  • ATX Form Factor, 12"x 9.6"(30.5cm x 24.4cm)