In the same way that motherboards come in all sorts of specifications and sizes, computer users themselves come with a variety of needs and requirements. There’s the average computer user who only reads Internet blogs, watches videos on Youtube, uses office-type programs, and plays PC solitaire. Then, there is the business type who makes heavy use of productivity software and requires additional security options for sensitive data. And, finally, there is the user who uses a PC mainly for watching DVDs, viewing pictures, and listening to MP3s.
At the higher end of the spectrum however, we have the hardcore gamer. And quite simply, he needs power. When I say power, I mean extreme computing powerâ€”fast, consistent and capable of delivering unparalleled performance in tackling resource-hungry games. With the Intel DX38BT Motherboard, that amount of power can be achieved.
If You Build it, They Will Play
Let me tell you why the Intel DX38BT Motherboard is the hardcore gamerâ€™s motherboard. First on the list is that this motherboard supports the latest CPU socket-type from Intel: LGA 775. This interface is the one currently used by the most advanced Intel CPUs, including the incredible Core 2 Quad, which offers unmatched multi-tasking capabilities. Games today are processed in multiple threads, so that makes the Core 2 Quad a superior choice for gamers. Along with this, the Intel DX38BT Motherboard supports front-side bus speeds from 800 MHz to 1333 MHz for a truly seamless experience.
Next, games have a seemingly unquenchable thirst for RAM. More RAM equals higher levels of performance, which results in fast-loading games rendered in high quality and with fast frame rates. The Intel DX38BT Motherboard accommodates over 8 gigabytes of high speed DDR3 RAM in a 64-bit operating mode, which as you may know by now, entails impressive gaming performance. That level of RAM support is a dream come true for gamers.
Another very important factor to consider for gaming is the motherboardâ€™s video and audio capabilities. Without an advanced graphics card and an equally powerful audio card, playing the latest games would almost be impossible. Thanks to the versatile Intel X38 chipset that powers the Intel DX38BT, gamers will be able to take advantage of the latest cards that use the PCIe 2.0 interface. Older cards can be still be used since this motherboard has support for older PCI standards. Adding to that, this motherboard is also Crossfire ready. Likewise, it is ready for Windows Vista. On the audio side of things, this motherboardâ€™s Sigmatel STAC9274D audio chipset enables high-quality 8-channel audio.
On another note, gamers should never overlook a motherboardâ€™s hard drive options as well. There are two main reasons why. Firstly, games take up a lot of hard drive space. If a gamer wants a lot of games installed then he needs a high-capacity disk. Secondly, slow hard drives can negate the performance of the CPU and RAM. Hence, if the motherboard cannot accommodate advanced hard drive models, then that motherboard is not for gaming. The Intel DX38BT Motherboard is capable of handling fast and high-volume hard drives. It has Serial ATA RAID support, which is a technology that allows data speeds of up to 3.0 Gbps.
For the hardcore gamer, the Intel DX38BT Motherboard is a premier choice. The package even includes a copy of Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2, proving further that this is indeed, a true gamerâ€™s motherboard.
Contributed by Daniel Gonzales, Product Reviewer