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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Most Recent Comments

05-09-2006, 11:05:06

Now that is some CRAZY high FSB speeds, wow and congrats to Coolaler for those astonishing results...

^^^Check it out.

And I thought Jim's 490 was amazing, this is godlike!Quote

05-09-2006, 11:09:26

is there any reasons for not going with this board?Quote

05-09-2006, 11:15:07

Originally Posted by name='mrapoc'
is there any reasons for not going with this board?
A LOT of memory issues with the board and a few people having random issues with it too. It can only improve over time though so fingers crossed Gigabyte step up Quote

05-09-2006, 11:18:53

meh p5b deluxe it is thenQuote

05-09-2006, 11:20:34

And to be honest i'm very surprised at this result considering the DQ6 had the WORST fsb overclock records when it was released.

EDIT: And whats with the 17s SuperPI @ 3.6ghz - i can pull 14sec with 400x9.Quote

05-09-2006, 11:30:20

That f****** nuts.Quote

05-09-2006, 11:31:17

Originally Posted by XMS
And to be honest i'm very surprised at this result considering the DQ6 had the WORST fsb overclock records when it was released.

EDIT: And whats with the 17s SuperPI @ 3.6ghz - i can pull 14sec with 400x9.
I think it's because as u stated in the first paragraph, it's actually a POS board. Coolaler just happened to get one that can handle some serious FSB.Quote

05-09-2006, 16:20:19

Actually it was someone on his forums who did it, may explain the terrible Pi time.Quote

05-09-2006, 17:03:03

Take a look @ the ram timings. Theres your answer... to everything.Quote

05-09-2006, 17:20:18

OMG 5-9-9-24 Quote

05-09-2006, 17:22:12

Holy crap, I didn't even know u could loosen timings that much, ROFL.Quote

05-09-2006, 17:36:09

Thats why he..

-Could get that high of an FSB

-Could get it stable enough to run 32m

-Got such a chit spi time.

You probably didn't notice it was single channel too.

In order to get such high FSB, you need to baby the chipset like mad. Some people seem to forget, that the memory controller is on the chipset for Intel CPU's, and on the CPU for AMD 64.Quote

05-09-2006, 18:16:09


I did notice it was single channel which I'm not prepared to sacrifice just to get high clocks

And yeah I've noticed that the chipset is a PITA - just wish either:

Intel used an on-die memory controller


AMD would sort it out and get something that kills Conroe Quote

05-09-2006, 19:17:29

I'd still say that the Asus p5b-deluxe us currently the best overclocking motherboard available and thats what i got now Quote

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