The TweakTown just publish Gigabyte X38-DQ6 (based on Intel X38 Chipset ) review.

Intel hasn’t officially released X38 Chipset to the public yet so this review show the performance of it.

PCMark shows that when memory performance is at stock the X38 is just ahead of the P35’s DDR2 and DDR3 results. When overclocked the P35 with DDR3 takes the lead, but the X38 manages to hold off the P35 running DDR2.

Gigabyte X38-DQ6

TweakTown editor was disappointed by the lack of DDR3 memory support. We think DDR3 is still too expensive, so DDR2 is still best option.

Specifications of the Gigabyte X38-DQ6

Supports Intel Core 2 Series (Extreme/Quad/Duo)
Supports Intel Pentium Dual Core Series
Supports Intel Pentium D Series
Supports Intel Pentium 4 5xx/6xx Series
Supports Intel Celeron D 3xx/4xx Series
Supports Intel 45nm Series CPU

Intel X38 Express
X38 Northbridge
ICH9R Southbridge
DMI @ 2GB/s

System Memory
4x DDR2-SDRAM 240pin DIMM Sockets
Supports DDR2-667/800/1066MHz
64/128Bit Dual Channel
Supports up to 8GB Total Memory (4x 2GB)

Bus Frequency
100/133/200/266/333MHz Internal
400/533/800/1066/1333MHz External
P4 Bus Architecture

Expansion Slots
2 PCI Express x16
3 PCI Express x1

1 Parallel ATA port supporting 2 IDE Drives
8 Serial ATA ports
2 Gigabit Ethernet Ports

Expansion Ports
1 PS2 Keyboard Port
1 PS2 Mouse Port
12 USB 2.0 Ports (8 rear accessible, 4 via expansion bracket)
6 Stereo Audio Ports
1 SPDIF Toslink Port
3 Firewire Ports (2 rear accessible, 1 via Expansion Bracket)
4 e.SATA ports (via expansion brackets)


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