Gigabyte Atomic Overclocking Masters Competition and Gigabyte X38 DQ6 Sneak Peek

Gigabyte X38 DQ6

Gigabyte X38 DQ6 Power Point presentation

Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6

(Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6)

During the course of the evening Colin Brix (Gigabyte Product Manager - Marketing Division) gave a Power Point presentation on the features of Gigabyte' X38 based motherboards. You can see that Gigabyte really have put some serious thought into these motherboards, and the result should be some seriously stable and overclockable motherboards. Colin was kind enough to allow me a copy of his presentation for you all to see, and some of it has been included below...

Gigabyte PP presentation header

Thermal distribution image

Heat would have to be the number one enemy of the overclocker. Not only does heat lead to a potential reduction in overclocking headroom, but it also reduces the life-span of components. Gigabyte are leading the way in dramatically reducing the general CPU zone temperature to ensure better stability and longevity in their motherboards.

Ultra Durable 2

This year Gigabyte is setting a new standard with their Ultra Durable 2 Series motherboards, featuring Low RDS(on) MOSFETS, Ferrite Core chokes and All-Solid Capacitors. Low RDS(on) MOSFET's differ from regular MOSFET's in that they are specially designed to produce lower switching resistence and subsequent lower power consumption. As a result you get faster electrical charging and discharging, but with less heat generation.

Instead of using regular Iron Chokes, Gigabyte Ultra Durable 2 Series motherboards feature Ferrite Chokes. Ferrite is a compound of Iron-Oxide and other metal elements, and the properties of this compound means that it holds energy better at higher frequency, resulting in lower power loss.

The humble capcitor's primary role is to store electricity and then deliver it to the component requiring power, such as the CPU. Increasingly we are seeing the move to All-Solid Capcitors, and Gigabyte use quality Japanese manufactured capacitors to deliver maximum stability, reliability and to eliminate the potential problem of leaking electrolytic capacitors that we have seen in the past. Sure the inclusion of these quality parts will add to the cost of the motherboard, but the end results justify the means.

Power design diagram

X38-DQ6 motherboard features

An illustration of the features you can expect on the GA-X38-DQ6, as well as support for 1600 Mhz FSB.

X38 DDR3 motherboard

Gigabyte' DDR3 version of the X38-DQ6. All of Gigabyte' X38 motherboards have seen a slight change in the layout due to graphics cards blocking SATA ports on their past P35 based motherboards.

X38 DS5

For those who utilise water-cooling or aftermarket CPU heatsinks, the Gigabyte X38-DS5 comes without Crazy Cool on the rear of the motherboard.

All solid capacitors

Due to the success of All-Solid capacitors on Gigabyte' motherboards, they have decided to include them on all VGA cards as well. Nice touch Gigabyte!

Benefits of Ultra Durable 2

Once again let's reinforce the benefits of Gigabyte' Ultra Durable 2...

Gigabyte's committment to quality

Gigabyte are so confident in their Ultra Durable 2 range of motherboards that they are now offering a 3 year warranty.

All things considered I believe that Gigabyte has made a definite step in the right direction regarding the inclusion of quality parts on their Ultra Durable 2 line of motherboards. Sure quality parts cost money, but the added benefits of stability, overclockability and longevity are well worth it in my opinion. would like to thank Tim Handley, Lili Wu and Colin Brix from Gigabyte United Inc, and Ben Mansill from Atomic magazine for making this report possible.

Lili and Colin

(Lili and Colin from Gigabyte)

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04-09-2006, 18:05:36

Someday I hope to be as ghetto as you..

04-09-2006, 18:08:30

Hehe, im sure you will.:D

04-09-2006, 19:38:14

Cable ties + rubber bands are the best ghetto modded way to install custom ram cooling fans. I have a few pix floating about of my mod :)

05-09-2006, 03:14:45

Bluetac would probably make a great alternative to those rubber fan grommits for noise dampening.

05-09-2006, 03:42:55


Bottom cornor of the fan. That bluetac.

ROFLMAO, that's ghetto!! Necessity is the mother of all invention, so the saying goes. Love the engineering Ham :D

05-09-2006, 06:05:07

MY first real ghetto mod was when I was using a dual cpu bp6, and I had 60mm to 80mm fan adapters for the heat sinks, but the sinks were slightly smaller than the adapters, so I evo sticked them on :p.

05-09-2006, 10:12:19

ZOMG ^ ghetto?! :O

05-09-2006, 10:51:02

What's bluetac? Is it that crap that my teachers used to use back in like elementary school to hang posters and such on the wall? If so, that's a great idea for ghetto moddage :D

05-09-2006, 11:10:50

just been asked to build a PC for one of the bosses Girlfrieds out of spares we had lying around, couldn't find the screws to fit the HS&F plastic bracket back to the Mobo so quick and simple solution...PTFE tape round a smaller screw, hey presto, she's up and running :D

05-09-2006, 19:22:02

Going to try that bluetack mod on my fans to quieten the noise caused by vibrations

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