The EVGA i has the ability to overclock the FSB and the memory independently and the motherboard will automatically set the appropriate ratio. I believe that the Team Group Xtreem DDR memory that was used is limiting the maximum overclocking slightly due to the fact that it can only be overclocked to MHz based on my previous experience. What we love the most is the silent heat pipe which works efficiently keeping the chipsets running cool while keeping the noise to absolutely silent. In a nod to improving your working environment and increasing the longevity of the motherboard itself, the GA-PDS4 features a totally silent copper heatpipe based chipset and MOSFET thermal solution. Many manufactures place the tab on the right, closer to the Northbridge, which makes it harder to access. We can see from the result, the performance of both boards are very close with the Gigabyte performs slightly better than the EVGA board. Be sure to look into the revision 2.
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Fs4 too out of the ordinary there, but the SATA cables stand out for a couple reasons. For those who are considering upgrading their system to the latest technology, the GA-PDS4 is a great choice as it offers a good balance of price and performance and not to mention that it will support future processor upgrade. Not only that GSATAII does not have the best burst speed, it also lags slightly with the average read compared to the other two chipsets.
Despite the fact that there are two X16 PCIE slot, only the primary slot supports 16 lanes while the secondary slot only supports 4 lanes. Other than these problems, I think the installation should be a breeze as everything is clearly labeled.
gigabyte Gigabyte GA-PDS4 Motherboard Highlights – GA-PDS4 FrostyTech Review
The Gigabyte has been a huge fs4 of motherboards. Xpress Recovery2 is an utility that allows you to quickly compress and back up your system data and perform restoration of it.
We also see the four memory slots nearby which are color coded for dual channel. We ran 2MB and 4MB calculations. If all that sounds complicated just remember; Intel P35 Express supports dual Crossfire videocards, and has room for at least two other PCI Express dx4 devices. Ports and connectors are labeled well, jacks and cables organized nicely.
Another issue which I think could be an issue would be the metal backplate would be a problem for users with heat sinks and fan that requires a backplate to be installed. In addition, we see four USB headers, two Firewire headers, dx4 an IDE connector which has been rotated to 90 degrees from the motherboard.
Pioneering such technologies as the i-Ram and all solid capacitor design of their motherboards, it easy to see why they have grown to be a world class provider of technology to the home user. Under dd4, it consumes 27W less than the i board. A Serial port is still plenty useful in networking environments, but parallel? Overclocking is always highly depended on various components and there is never a guarantee even with the same system configuration.
It is possible that the Intel processor simply prefer Intel Chipsets slightly over other chipsets.
The slight performance gain may simply due to the 2T vs 1T command rate. We have received the 1.
It is really only on the integrated features, and extra heatsinks and ports and connectors where there is variation. PC Health Status shows the system voltage and fan speed. Even when the board is overclocked, the Gigabyte board still consumes less power than the i in both idle and load condition.
I do not particularly like how Gigabyte uses OK rather than display the real voltage for the components. There are two issues which I think some users may face. The interface should come pretty familiar. I believe that the Team Group Xtreem DDR memory that was used is limiting the maximum overclocking slightly due to the fact that it can only be overclocked to MHz based on my previous experience.
Many manufactures place the tab on the right, closer to the Northbridge, which makes it harder to access. In a nod to improving your working environment and increasing the longevity of the motherboard itself, the GA-PDS4 features a totally silent copper heatpipe based chipset and MOSFET thermal solution. Once again, both boards perform equally well. In addition, the slightly limited FSB: Memory ratio, it would limited the FSB options slightly.
Gigabyte Technology GA-P35-DS4, LGA 775/Socket T, Intel (GA-P35-DS4 (rev. 2.0)) Motherboard
The Gigabyte GA-PDS4 lacks the LED error code indicator like many of vs4 enthusiasts motherboards which is quite unfortunate as it is somewhat expected to find it given to the price of this motherboard. Both of the chipsets have been on the market for awhile now and they have matured and run stable with excellent features and performance.