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I have finally gotten my chance to review one of their products. The product on the bench here today is the A770-M socket AM2+ motherboard. Before I even received the board I browsed a few online stores to get a good ideal on pricing. In the case of the A770M-A we were able to find it for roughly $65. This is in range of Asrock and some of the board they manufacture. But is the ECS as stable as the competition? We will find out.
The Asrock X48TurboTwins-WiFi is the highest price motherboard from the company. But is cheaper than others sporting the same chipset. Spending $300 plus on a motherboard may be painless for some but many of us would be ill for some time even thinking about spending that much money on a motherboard. So in this class the X48TurboTwins would be considered the value board at $240. We will put it thru the test and see if it is worth the asking price.
Most of you out there are possible wondering more about the overclocking side of the board. Understandable as the entire P35 line was a favored amongst enthusiasts. The boards overclocked well beyond that of others containing the Intel P35 chipset. And did so at an attractive price. For under $140 you had all the BIOS and onboard features you could need. It is with great pleasure then that we received the Gigabyte GA-EP35-DS4 for our reviewing pleasure. Read on, we hope you enjoy the review.
Besides the overclocking and Crossfire support the EX38 has been purposefully developed and designed to be incredibly energy efficient. With the current trend towards lower energy usage and lower running temperatures as a result, this kind of innovation helps to push Gigabyte ahead of the pack.
If Gigabyte being the respectable motherboard company it is gave the world one of the first motherboards built on this new socket. The X38-DQ6 gives all the bells and whistle needed to be a full featured motherboard. Blessed with firewire, USB 2.0, SATA II and PCIe 2.0, the X38-DQ6 is bound to be a board like no other. And if the features don't attract you the colorful layout will. The blue, red, orange and yellow are enough to brighten up any case.
Our first Sapphire motherboard featured on Pro-Clockers isn’t the high end model just mentioned, but rather one notch lower on the model scale. The AM2RX780 PURE CrossFireX 770 is based on the AMD 770+ chipset which is aimed at the AM2 and the soon to be released AM2+ processors. One of the best features of the CrossFireX is dual X16 PCI-e slots on this well priced motherboard. There are a few more bells and whistles this board has to offer and you can discover those yourself by reading this review.
Gigabyte being a leader in motherboards is making it easy on us to have the best when new chipsets are released. They have being right there, first to market, when Intel believed it was time for change. This used to be a position held by Asus. Gigabyte is the first to bring us the new X48 chipset to our rigs. This honor belongs to the X48-DQ6 and X48T-DQ6, DDR2 and DDR3 versions respectively. The DQ6 being the high end model for Gigabyte, it has all the bells and whistles. From complex cooling systems to high-end capacitors you can’t ask for more in a motherboard except for excellent overclocking. Can the X48-DQ6 accomplish what we achieved with EX-38 just a few weeks ago?