Guide to X38 Motherboards.

Although many computer enthusiasts can figure out what CPU is best suited to their requirements simply by comparing various features such as number of cores and frequency, matching them to a motherboard is a much more difficult task. There seem to be countless motherboards for each socket and chipset combination, thus it is often well nigh impossible to figure out which motherboard / CPU combination is the best for you. If you are building a new Intel system, you likely are using a Core 2 Quad or Duo (or Extreme versions of those CPUs), thus you will most likely want a motherboard built around the P35, X38, or X48 chipsets. Since the X38 chipset features many advanced features which are not suitable for the lower end systems, here is a list of popular High End and Enthusiast & Professional level X38 motherboards that will suit most computer power users and overclockers.

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HIGH END

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Abit IX38 QuadGT

FSB: 1333 / 1066 / 800MHz

Southbridge: Intel ICH9R

Number of RAM Slots: 4 x 240pin

Memory Type: DDR2 800

Maximum Memory: 8GB

Dual Channel: Yes

PCI Express 2.0 x16: 3

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DFI LANParty DK X38-T2R

FSB: 1333 / 1066 / 800MHz

Southbridge: Intel ICH9R

Number of RAM Slots: 4 x 240pin

Memory Type: DDR2 800

Maximum Memory: 8GB

Dual Channel: Yes

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Foxconn X38A

FSB: 1333 / 1066 / 800MHz

Southbridge: Intel ICH9R

Number of RAM Slots: 6 x 240pin

Memory Type: DDR3 1333 / DDR2 800

Maximum Memory: DDR2 Max. 8GB DDR3 Max. 4GB

Dual Channel: Yes

PCI Express 2.0 x16: 3

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Gigabyte GA-EX38-DQ6

FSB: 1600 / 1333MHz

Southbridge: Intel ICH9R

Number of RAM Slots: 4 x 240pin

Memory Type: DDR2 1200

Maximum Memory: 8GB

Dual Channel: Yes

PCI Express 2.0 x16: 2

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Gigabyte GA-EX38-DS4

FSB: 1600 / 1333MHz

Southbridge: Intel ICH9R

Number of RAM Slots: 4 x 240pin

Memory Type: DDR2 1200

Maximum Memory: 8GB

Dual Channel: Yes

PCI Express x16: 2 x PCI Express x16 (The PCIE 16 1 slot supports x16; the PCIE 16 2 supports x16.)

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Intel BOXDX38BT

FSB: 1333 / 1066MHz

Number of RAM Slots: 4 x 240pin

Memory Type: DDR3 1333

Maximum Memory: 8GB

Dual Channel: Yes

PCI Express 2.0 x16: 2

PCI Express x16: 1 x PCI Express x16 (x4 model)

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MSI x38 Diamond

FSB: 1333 / 1066 / 800MHz

Number of RAM Slots: 4 x 240pin

Memory Type: DDR3 1333

Maximum Memory: 8GB

Dual Channel: Yes

PCI Express x16 slots: 4, (2 runs x4 speed)

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ENTHUSIAST & PROFESSIONAL

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Asus P5E3 WS PRO

FSB: 1600 / 1333MHz

Southbridge: Intel ICH9R

Number of RAM Slots: 4 x 240pin

Memory Type: DDR3 1333

Maximum Memory: 8GB

Dual Channel: Yes

PCI Express 2.0 x16: 2

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Asus P5E3 Deluxe / WiFi-AP

FSB: 1600 / 1333MHz

Southbridge: Intel ICH9R

Number of RAM Slots: 4 x 240pin

Memory Type: DDR3 1800 (O.C.) / 1600 (O.C.) / 1333 / 1066 / 800 MHz

Maximum Memory: 8GB

Dual Channel: Yes

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Asus Maximus Extreme

FSB: 1600 / 1333MHz

Southbridge: Intel ICH9R

Number of RAM Slots: 4 x 240pin

Memory Type: DDR3 1800 (O.C) / 1600 (O.C.) / 1333 / 1066

Maximum Memory: 8GB

Dual Channel: Yes

PCI Express 2.0 x16: 2

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DFI LP LT X38-T2R

FSB: 1333 / 1066MHz

Southbridge: Intel ICH9R

Number of RAM Slots: 4 x 240pin

Memory Type: DDR2 800

Maximum Memory: 8GB

Dual Channel: Yes

 

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