When we got our first glimpse of the Gigabyte GA-965P-DQ6, our expectations of the board was very high due to the amount of work Gigabyte seems to have engineered onto the board to make it as stable a platform as possible. If anything, its elaborate heat-pipe system, the unheard of 12-phase VRM and full solid capacitor usage screams out overclocking with a capital 'O'. The board also features a set of very comprehensive BIOS options. However, our own experiences with the GA-965P-DQ6 wasn't as encouraging. If you haven't done so yet, you can read our full review of the board here before continuing.
Fresh from Computex Taipei 2006, we've got our hands on a sample of Gigabyte's new 'high-end, mainstream performance' Intel P965 motherboard, the GA-965P-DQ6. Confused? Let us explain. Intel's newly launched 965 chipset family (codenamed Broadwater) is actually a follow-up successor to the current 945 Express line. The major differences that the 965 series would bring is optimized support for the Core 2 Duo processors up to a 1066MHz PSB as well as officially increasing DDR2 memory speeds to 800MHz (the older 945P Express only supported DDR2-667). However, the 965 family will only support single PCIe x16 GPU configurations, leaving the 975X Express as the enthusiast alternative with multi-GPU CrossFire capabilities. The 965 and 975 chipsets will exist alongside each other, so that puts the P965 squarely into the mainstream segment as far as Intel's road map is concerned. At the moment, only the P965 discreet desktop variant is available, while Intel will follow up soon with the G965 that will feature a new GMA core as well as Intel's Clear Video Technology.