Our overclocking of the Gigabyte X48-DS5 was easy as pie. It did not overclock quite as far as some of the other boards we have looked at recently, such as the Asus P5E3 Premium and the XFX 790i Ultra, but it came close and is still a board that holds its own. Let’s take a look at how it did.
In our default multiplier overclocking, the board was able to reach a total FSB speed of 410fsb (CPU-Z shows 6x multiplier, that was just the Intel Speedstep kicking in after our stress testing was finished). Those are pretty good results with very little manipulation of any settings. We upped the vcore a bit and set the ram divider low to make sure it did not cause any problems. This is a pretty good overclock. It actually was better than our XFX 790i Ultra board (by 1fsb!) but not quite as high as our Asus P5E3 Premium (which reached 417fsb). Now, let’s lower the divider and see how she does.
After we lowered the multiplier, we were then able to take the board all the way up to 463fsb. Once again, this is very respectable, but fell just shy of the levels we reached with the other boards we have mentioned. Take a look at those articles we linked to above for more info.
All in all, the Gigabyte board did well in our overclocking.