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post #1 of 33
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Hey guys
I just received the Gigabyte DS4 P35 motherboard and i went testing right away
I was curious about this new chipsets from intel and especially the new products from gigabyte
Already prepared to 1333 cpus and with much more ram dividers it promises very good performance at a reasonable cost…
Would it deliver…?
For now lets see some generic and bios pics





The board prepared to mount the waterblock








The bios is very easy…..too easy for my taste ……the drawback is that you need to CTRL-F1 every time you want to access advanced options














Much more ram divisors allowing more flexibility and giving the chance to run high ram speed with low fsb





Concerning voltage options, Gigabyte was very generous offering 2,3 V vcore and 2,9 V vdimm, enough even for the most extreme overclocker











The 2nd setback in this bios was the page where you can see the voltages and temperatures…(hardware monitor).instead of a nominal value it only say vcore (ok) or (fail) wich is very little information





I also got a pair of thermalright HR-07 to go with my D9 ram




1st impression is very good….all worked out of the box….and i even used my former 965 OS


I already have XP and VISTA with a clean install and a set of mushkin 2x2048 to run more tests
For now this is what I have

Test bed



X6800 (cooled by apogee WB & 2 x 240 BIX)
Gigabyte DS4 intel P35
2 x 1024 teamgroup 5300 D9GMH (cooled by HR-07)
Twintech 8600 gts (158.18 nvidia driver)
Lc-power 850w
Xp sp2
















I know that everybody is waiting for Max fsb on this board but the Max with this cpu was 500
It’s the 2nd board where I get stuck at 500…so I assume it’s the cpu fsb wall
I have a 6600 arriving that i know can do 540 fsb no problems


On the other hand i went for Max benchable speed/ low cas with my ram using this board and the HR-07 solution

And I was pretty happy with it
Only a couple of hours running this board and everything comes so easy




The board is very easy to tune
Excelent voltage options
Everything seems so natural
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T7500 Intel 965 M8600GT 2x2048 DDR2 
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post #2 of 33
whoa mama!!

!!

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post #3 of 33
typical gigabyte PWNAGE.

they're really doing some nice S series boards. the silentpipe looks pretty handy too.
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**** thats a nice OC, wish i had the money to mimic that rig, how much it cost you? Rep++
 
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post #5 of 33
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Originally Posted by deadagain6591 View Post
**** thats a nice OC, wish i had the money to mimic that rig, how much it cost you? Rep++

well
the board was sent by a retail shop for review
the 6800 is from a friend....

the ram is mine....precious D9 ......also the watercoling setup took me 2 months to buy.......used parts and some nice deals

the vga was sent by TWINTECH for review also

the case is mine....so as the psu and the rest of the setup
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post #6 of 33
That 3dmark 01 score is pretty funny, I remember being so proud when I got my GF3 Ti 200 to do over 8,000!!
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post #7 of 33
Quote:
Originally Posted by gtpuser View Post
That 3dmark 01 score is pretty funny, I remember being so proud when I got my GF3 Ti 200 to do over 8,000!!
heh yea...if you got over 100FPS on the very first low res test you were GOD.

ah the days when you thought 64mb graphics card were amazing. **** 3D!
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post #8 of 33
very good setup there, any more impressions from this chipset now that you have had it for a while, im interested too see how it does, would very much like being able to run my ram far higher with some high fsb, this would fix everything i dont like about the 965 chipset
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post #9 of 33
Anyone have any idea when this mobo will be available somewhere other then Australia?
  
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post #10 of 33
Nice board + great review +rep
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