Performance Tests
The performance of the X48 and X38 chipsets should really be close to identical, especially when using the same memory technology.  For our testing we’ll be comparing the new Gigabyte X48-DQ6 to the XFX nForce 780i SLI and ASUS P5E3 Deluxe motherboard that uses the X38 chipset.

Test System Setup

CPU

Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 @ 3.0 GHz

Motherboard

Gigabyte X48-DQ6 (DDR2)
XFX nForce 780i SLI (DDR2)
Asus P5E3 Deluxe X38 (DDR3)

Memory

Corsair CM2X2048-9136C5D
Corsair CM3X2048-1800C7D

Hard Drive

Western Digital Raptor X 150GB WD1500ADFD

Sound Card

SB Audigy 2 Value

Video Card

 NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTX 768MB

Video Drivers

NVIDIA 169.18
Power Supply Silverstone Zeus 750 watt

DirectX Version

DX10

Operating System

Windows Vista Ultimate x64


First, let’s take a look at our more synthetic CPU and memory tests:

Gigabyte X48-DQ6 Motherboard Review - DDR2 X48 Solution - Motherboards  1

Gigabyte X48-DQ6 Motherboard Review - DDR2 X48 Solution - Motherboards  2

Gigabyte X48-DQ6 Motherboard Review - DDR2 X48 Solution - Motherboards  3

Gigabyte X48-DQ6 Motherboard Review - DDR2 X48 Solution - Motherboards  4

The Gigabyte X48-DQ6 is the fastest of the three motherboards shown here, though the gaps are relatively small in terms of real world results.  For a DDR2 memory configuration, the raw memory performance is actually much better than I expected as well.

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