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GIGABYTE GA-965P-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard

  • Intel P965 Express
  • Core 2 Extreme / Core 2 Duo / Pentium EE / Pentium
  • DDR2 800
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The high-performance GIGABYTE GA-965P-DQ6 is a strong effort to produce a high performance motherboard out of the P965 chipset. It delivers a complete arsenal of skillfully-designed tuning tools for power users and hardcore gamers. With the Intel P965 and ICH8R chipset, the GA-965P-DQ6 supports up to a whopping 8 GB dual-channel DDR2 800/667/533 memory with Fast Memory Access technology, and the much vaunted next-generation Intel Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Extreme processors.

Other features include 8 total SATA 3Gb/s connectors, 8-channel onboard HD Audio and PCIe Gigabit LAN support. Embodying intense performance, the GA-965P-DQ6 incorporates Gigabyte's revolutionary Quad Cooling, Quad eSATA 2, Quad BIOS and Quad Triple Power Phase technologies, and boasts all-solid capacitors specifically designed for enhanced system durability and boosted system stability even under the most extreme conditions.

  • newegg Intel P965+ICH8R Chipset The Intel P965 Express Chipset incorporates Intel Fast Memory Access technology to significantly increase overall system performance by optimizing available bandwidth and reduction of memory access latency. Up to dual-channel DDR2 800 memory is supported by the P965 chipset to provide up to 12.8 GB/s peak memory bandwidth for greater platform performance and memory flexibility. The ICH8R also features SATA 3Gb/s with Intel Matrix Storage Technology support, High-Speed USB 2.0 and HD Audio support.
  • newegg Intel Core 2 Processor Support This motherboard supports the next-generation LGA 775 Intel Core 2 processors, including the Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Extreme and even future quad-core models. With new Intel Core microarchitecture technology, the Intel Core 2 processors are considered some of the most powerful and energy efficient CPUs in the world.
  • newegg Industry Leading All-Solid Capacitor Motherboard Design To ensure a longer system operation lifetime and to boost system stability under extreme conditions, the GIGABYTE GA-965P-DQ6 motherboard adopts cutting-edge Conductive Polymer Aluminum Solid Capacitors from the world's leading vendors. With these high-quality components, users take advantage of better electronic conductivity and excellent heat resistance for enhanced system durability.
  • newegg Quad Cooling This revolutionary cooling system combines Crazy Cool for enhanced heat dissipation of the backside of CPU and Northbridge with an attached heatsink and Silent-Pipe technology protecting the MOSFET modules, Northbridge and Southbridge. Quad Cooling extends component lifetime through the ultimate thermal performance and delivers absolute silent cooling for chipsets, CPU power components and the motherboard PCB.
  • newegg Quad Triple Phase The GIGABYTE exclusive Quad-Triple Phase design incorporates 12 Power Phases for processor VRM (Voltage Regulator Module) to deliver rock-steady power support for the CPU during heavy workloads and over-clocking, and improves component lifespan and system stability by enabling lower component temperatures.
  • newegg Quad BIOS The unique GIGABYTE Quad BIOS combines DualBIOS and Express BIOS Rescue Technology to deliver a safety assurance mechanism with 4 BIOS copies distributed between the Flash ROM, hard-disk and driver CD. This feature helps to reduce the affects of virus attacks or firmware damage and provides multi-layer BIOS protection for assured rock-solid PC platform stability.

Learn more about the GIGABYTE GA-965P-DQ6



Supported CPU

CPU Socket Type
LGA 775
CPU Type
Core 2 Extreme / Core 2 Duo / Pentium EE / Pentium
Supported CPU Technologies
Hyper-Threading Technology


Intel P965 Express
South Bridge
Intel ICH8R


Number of Memory Slots
Memory Standard
DDR2 800
Maximum Memory Supported
Channel Supported
Dual Channel

Expansion Slots

PCI Express x16
PCI Express x1
PCI Slots

Storage Devices

1 x ATA100 2 Dev. Max
SATA 3Gb/s
0/1/0+1/5 Matrix RAID

Onboard Video

Onboard Video Chipset

Onboard Audio

Audio Chipset
Realtek ALC888DD
Audio Channels
8 Channels

Onboard LAN

LAN Chipset
Marvell 8053
Max LAN Speed

Rear Panel Ports

USB 1.1/2.0
4 x USB 2.0
IEEE 1394
1 x IEEE 1394a
1 x Optical, 1 x Coaxial
Audio Ports
6 Ports

Internal I/O Connectors

Onboard USB
6 x USB 2.0
Onboard 1394
2 x 1394a

Physical Spec

Form Factor
12.0" x 9.6"
Windows Vista
Certified for Windows Vista
Power Pin
24 Pin


Notice: Only DDR2-800 memory supporting JEDEC approved 1.8V operation with timings of 5-5-5 or 6-6-6 is supported on Intel Desktop Boards based on Intel 965 Express Chipsets.


Package Contents
User Manual
Driver Disk
Rear I/O Panel Shield
FDD Cable
4 x SATA Cable
2 x eSATA Cable
2 x Power Cable
2 x SATA Extension Module

Manufacturer Warranty

3 years limited
3 years limited

Quick Info


  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years

Customer Reviews of the GIGABYTE GA-965P-DQ6

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  • Brendon W.
  • 2/23/2011 4:12:46 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsStill going

Pros: Rock solid for > 5 years, many SATA ports

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: Used in a home server for 3.5 years, then as a desktop for another 1.5. Still going strong.

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  • Joseph K.
  • 8/10/2007 7:02:25 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPerfect!

Pros: Perfect board, layout is great, audio is amazing with DTS and DDL. Crazy cool works great

Cons: little pricey

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  • Derek F.
  • 7/9/2007 8:06:00 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsgreat board

Pros: I've bought several gigabyte boards and have always found them very reliable. Well designed.

Cons: Had problems getting drivers working with vista when it first came out. Heatsink on the back of the board sucks if you like to add mods.

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  • James S.
  • 6/16/2007 7:00:19 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNo better

Pros: I buy a MB every 3 weeks or so and you can't do much better than this pistol.Don't bother with the P35 (BLA) if you are running a Q core / 2900xt crossfire set up this boad is some hard to beat.

Cons: The back plate will gather condesation with a CoolIt set up -- beware

Other Thoughts: Other than a EVGA 680i (me love)this is the board.

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  • Richard C.
  • 6/2/2007 12:51:43 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsStrong effort from Gigabyte

Pros: Rev 3.3 of this board seems solid, with good build quality. I liked the thoughtful and relatively roomy layout. Physical install is easy and straightforward, no surprises. Crazy Cool backplate unscrews, making Zalman install easy.

Cons: Not a board for novices or the easily frustrated. Required many updates (BIOS, chipset, ICH8R SATA RAID, Marvell EEPROM, Realtek audio, Intel Matrix Storage Console) and tweaks before Vista Ultimate was stable. Gigabyte update tool doesn't work with Vista. Onboard audio plagued by hi-freq hum and noise; audio card required.

Other Thoughts: This board is a thoroughbred racehorse: fast, responsive, and a winner when conditions are right but a PITA if not. My rig: GA DQ6, Intel E6600, Corsair Dominator 1066 x 4MB, Zalman 9700, WD Raptor x 3 in RAID 5, Barracuda 7200.10 750GB, Plextor, NZXT Zero.

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/1/2007 5:25:30 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Board!!

Pros: Great Board lots of overclockable components. Can volt mod almost anything on the board. core2duo 6400 running @3.2ghz with 2gb TWIN2X2048-6400 and EVGA 8800GTX Superclocked. Stable 12 hours Prime95 and FFXI Loop Puts my outdated sempron 2800 and X850 to shame.

Cons: This isnt a board for a beginner. It takes some trial and error to get things running smoothly and stable. Dont forget to have floppy for ICH8R during XP install. I still havent figured out 3.0 g/b sata feature yet. Ill get it eventually..

Other Thoughts: Its a well made board. Ive built a few computers but this is the first time i OCed that far. Planning to go more once Thermaltake 120 Ultra Extreme comes in. Mine was rev 3.3 bios f7 had problems then upgraded to f10 and memory stability went away. Before i booted up with all the components i cleared CMOS. I suggest doing same maybe all DOA boards just needed to have a cleared cmos before installation of hardware.

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  • Evan G.
  • 4/30/2007 10:22:27 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsMixed Feelings (addendum)

Pros: (see previous review)

Able to set memory timings now. You need to hit <Ctrl + F1> while in BIOS to enable this feature -- didn't see this in the manual -- found on another site that reviewed this board. Memory issues seem to be resolved now.

Cons: documentation, Placement of the SATA ports -- cannot use if using the second PCI-x16 with a long vid card

Other Thoughts: Rev 3.3, BIOS rev F9

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  • Evan G.
  • 4/30/2007 5:09:22 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggsMixed Feelings

Pros: Looks cool, great features, well layed out, quad bios, supposedly very tweekable, board temp runs cool, very fast at times (see below)

Cons: I thought I had a DOA board -- put it all together and wouldn't even post. Came back to the review section at NewEgg and found similar issues and fixes. BE CAREFUL of your memory selection. Aparently this board does not work well (or at all) with supposed "compatible memory" using either Gigabytes supported list or memory company's list of supported chips. From what I read, you must use 1.8v sticks for this board. After switching to 1.9 sticks (didn't have 1.8), posted ok, and was able to install OS, but still have memory related issues.

Cannot find a way to adjust the timings for memory in either the standard BIOS or the windows based utility for tweeking BIOS called M.I.B in EasyTune (grayed out). Perhaps my new 1.8 sticks will resolve this issue.

Other Thoughts: Seems like this is going to be a good - very good board once I get the memory issues resolved.

Zalman Fatal1ty ZE1, qx6700, TWIN2XP2048-6400C4 1.9, FD 1.44MB|SONY MPF920, 3 WD Raptor 150 HDD (@ RAID 0), BFG Tech GeForce 8800GTS,

NewEgg Rocks!!!!

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/27/2007 12:25:17 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsA breeze to overclock

Pros: Overclocked from 266MHz to 400MHz FSB with no voltage modifications of any kind (taking E6400 processor from 2.1GHz to 3.2GHz). The only reason why it is not running faster is that I have not bothered to try. I have been running at this speed at almost 24-hour/7-day service running mathematical computations with no problems at all.

Cons: -The memory modules can not be easily removed/installed while a graphics card is installed.
-There are only two case fan headers.
-If a second graphics card is installed in the second x16 slots, a long graphics card will interfere with most of the SATA connectors.

Other Thoughts: The "Crazy Cool" heatsink on the backside of the CPU and MCP will interfere with some CPU heatsinks that require a backing plate. This back-side heatsink can not be removed without some fastener modifications.

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  • Joseph L.
  • 4/23/2007 2:59:00 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Board

Pros: Great board, lots of features, tons of USB and SATA, all the modern pluses in a nice layout. The Crazy Cool and Silent Pipes are nice plusses and help keep this board cool and quiet!

Cons: First one was a dud, this is a follow up post.

Other Thoughts: NewEgg Rocks with RMAs. Got the new board in and it also Rocks. Setup: E6300, Evga 8800GTS 320MB, 2GB Corsair TWIN-X XMS 6400 (1.9v), Zalman 9700 (Just popped the nuts out of the bracket and used some washers between the mobo and the nuts)

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