Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 (Intel X38)
Phoronix: Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 (Intel X38)
From the reviews we have published featuring Intel's P35 "Bearlake" Chipset on such motherboards as the Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3P and ASUS Blitz Extreme, this chipset has functioned very well under Linux with no real problems and the performance has been great. While the P35 works wonders on Linux, how does Intel's soon-to-be-shipped X38 work with Linux? Well, in this article we will tell you how this new Intel Chipset, which supports two PCI Express 2.0 slots and other improvements, is able to function on a Linux desktop and Solaris. At hand we have the Gigabyte X38-DQ6 motherboard as we explore its alternative OS compatibility and performance.
Poor network performance
Since this board uses the Realtek 8111B NIC, I assume it's network performance stinks. We have a P35 Gigabyte board with the same NIC, and X traffic is painfully slow. I have also read that SAMBA traffic under Linux with that NIC also suffers greatly.
I believe a band-aid has been included in 2.6.23 to alleviate most of the performance problems, but it does not actually fix the root of the problem.
I am hoping the Asus board will use a better NIC.
Last edited by jpoet; 10-09-2007 at 07:16 PM.
Yes, the ICH9 has an E1000 onboard but I think you'd
still need an external PHY chip. The RTL8169 has one
integrated already and is probably cheaper.