Gigabyte GA-6PXSV3 Review
Category : X79
Published by Christian Ney on 16.04.13
Today we are going to have a look at a new workstation oriented motherboard from Gigabyte. The GA-6PXSV3 is one of the very few LGA2011 motherboard powered by an Intel C604 chipset with ATX form factor. It supports Intel Xeon E5-1600/2600 processors as well as Intel Core series CPUs and NVIDIA/AMD SLI/CrossFire. Last but not least Gigabyte is the only manufacturer to offer WS motherboards with high capacity ECC memory support running at DDR3-1600 MHz. In our case the GA-6PXSV3 is able to drive eight 16GB ECC modules (128GB in total) at DDR3-1600 MHz.



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On the following pages we're going to introduce you to the latest workstation motherboard from Gigabyte.

Page 1 - Introduction Page 9 - Synthetic - Memory & Cache Bandwidth/Latency
Page 2 - Specifications / Delivery Page 10 - Synthetic - Cryptography & Arithmetic
Page 3 - Layout Page 11 - Synthetic - Multi-Media & Mutli-Core Efficiency
Page 4 - Connectors and I/O Page 12 - Real World - Office Productivity & Data Analysis
Page 5 - BIOS Page 13 - Real World - System Management
Page 6 - Test setup Page 14 - Real World - Media Creation & 3D Modeling
Page 7 - Synthetic - WPrime1024 & UCBench 2011 Page 15 - Conclusion
Page 8 - Synthetic - CineBench  



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Specifications / Delivery

CPU Single LGA2011 Socket Supports Intel Xeon processor E5-1600/2600 product familes
Supports Intel Core processor series
CPU TDP up to 150W
Chipset Intel C604
Memory 8 x DIMM slots support Registered or ECC Unbuffered memory
Quad channel memory architecture
Up to 256GB RDIMM ECC
Up to 64GB UDIMM ECC
1066/1333/1600 MHz
Multi-GPU nVidia SLI
AMD CrossFire
Slots 2 x PCIe x16 (@ Gen3 x16) slots
1 x PCIe x4 (@ Gen2 x2) slot
Audio Realtek ACL892
HD Audio
Supports 7.1 + 2 Channels
Video  Integrated ASPEED AST2300
2D Video Graphic Adapter with PCIe bus interface
1920x1200@60Hz 32bpp
More information on the manufacturer's website
Storage 1 x mini-SAS with 4 x SAS ports (3Gb/s)
2 x SATA III 6Gb/s ports
4 x SATA II 3Gb/s ports
Intel SW RAID 0/1/5/10
LAN 2 x Gigabit Ethernet LAN (2x Intel 82574L)
1 x iKVM Server Management LAN (ASPEED 2300 IPMI 2.0)
I/O internal 2 x Front USB 3.0 connector
1 x Front panel connector
1 x S/PDIF header
3 x System fan headers
1 x CPU fan header
1 x TPM module
1 x Serial cable connector
1 x PMBus connector
1 x Clear password jumper
1 x Clear CMOS jumper
1 x Force to Stop FRB3 Timer jumper
1 x BIOS recovery jumper
1 x BIOS write protect jumper
1 x ME recovery jumper
I/O external 6 x USB 2.0 ports
2 x RJ45
1 x Management LAN
6 x Audio jacks
1 x VGA
1 x COM
Formfactor ATX (305 x 244 mm)
BIOS 1 x 64 Mb flash AMI BIOS
Warranty 1 year
Bundle 2x SATA II cables
1x Manual
1x CD Drivers
1x I/O Shield
On Manufacturer's Website Gigabyte GA-6PXSV3





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Page 2 - Specifications / Delivery Page 10 - Synthetic - Cryptography & Arithmetic
Page 3 - Layout Page 11 - Synthetic - Multi-Media & Mutli-Core Efficiency
Page 4 - Connectors and I/O Page 12 - Real World - Office Productivity & Data Analysis
Page 5 - BIOS Page 13 - Real World - System Management
Page 6 - Test setup Page 14 - Real World - Media Creation & 3D Modeling
Page 7 - Synthetic - WPrime1024 & UCBench 2011 Page 15 - Conclusion
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Layout

The Gigabyte GA-6PXSV3 comes with a blue coloured PCB and black expansion slots. It's really nice that Gigabyte is also thinking about the look of their workstation motherboards. Most other manufacturers are still offering their workstation/server motherboards with a non painted green PCB.
Regarding the expansion slots here you find three. Two third gen PCIe x16 working at x16 and one second gen PCIe x4 working at x2. There is always one slot space between them to make a SLI/CrossFire possible. Too bad that the PCIe x4 is only working at x2 link, one can't take advantage of it installing an OCZ RevoDrive3 x2 for example as you will be limited to a 1 GB/s bandwidth.



Gigabyte equipped this workstation motherboard with a power design that offers six phases for the CPU and each set of four DIMM memory gets another two phases. As you can see from the picture below the phases haven't been doubled, you have one choke per one MOSFET. The digital PWM controller that drives the CPU power stage is an IR3536 from International Rectifier. For each memory power stage you find an IR3541 from the same manufacturer. MOSFETs from both CPU and memory power stages are all IR3550M. Last but not least Gigabyte went for high quality chokes from Coiltronics. The printing ontop of them reads 1007R3-R15. After checking the datasheets you find that these ferrite core chokes can cope with up to 61 Amps. In other words this power design is badass.



Totally you'll find two sets of two times two DIMM-slots on the GA-6PXSV3. Means there are eight memory slots for a total amount up to 64GB of Unbuffered memory and 256GB of Registered memory. Officially supported are the following clock speeds: DDR3- 1600 / 1333 / 1066 MHz. Memory slots are quite close to the CPU socket so you won't be able to fit memory with oversized heatspreaders along with a huge CPU cooler. But that's not really a problem as most sub 1600 MHz UDIMM and RDIMM memory modules don't have heatspreaders at all or low profile ones.



Southbridge as well as current converters are being held at adequate temperatures via passive cooling blocks made from aluminium. They are well finished but the one for the MOSFETs can be easily moved from right to left like on Intel motherboards. That's because of the "cheap" rentention mechanism, a piece of plastic with a spring.




Page 1 - Introduction Page 9 - Synthetic - Memory & Cache Bandwidth/Latency
Page 2 - Specifications / Delivery Page 10 - Synthetic - Cryptography & Arithmetic
Page 3 - Layout Page 11 - Synthetic - Multi-Media & Mutli-Core Efficiency
Page 4 - Connectors and I/O Page 12 - Real World - Office Productivity & Data Analysis
Page 5 - BIOS Page 13 - Real World - System Management
Page 6 - Test setup Page 14 - Real World - Media Creation & 3D Modeling
Page 7 - Synthetic - WPrime1024 & UCBench 2011 Page 15 - Conclusion
Page 8 - Synthetic - CineBench  



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Connectors and I/O

Looking at the internal connectors you will find a COM, TPM, two USB3.0 headers (1x EtronTech EJ198H) for up to four front USB3.0 connectors and the front connector for power/reset and so. As for the internal storage we have a native mini-SAS header that provide up to four SAS 3Gb/s ports and two SATA3 (6Gb/s white) accompanied with four SATA2 (3Gb/s black).



Totally you'll find four fan headers on the Gigabyte GA-6PXSV3 which enough for a workstation motherboard, I wouldn't complain for one more though. Anyway you will find the CPU fan header right below the socket and the system fan headers spread over the PCB pictured below.




Looking at the external connectors directly at the back-panel, Gigabyte equipped this board with six USB2.0 ports, two Ethernet LAN ports, a COM connector, the analogue audio panl and the video out (VGA) for the ASPEED integrated graphic chip AST2300. The third LAN port is a management port (iKVM Server Management LAN (ASPEED 2300 IPMI 2.0)).



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Page 2 - Specifications / Delivery Page 10 - Synthetic - Cryptography & Arithmetic
Page 3 - Layout Page 11 - Synthetic - Multi-Media & Mutli-Core Efficiency
Page 4 - Connectors and I/O Page 12 - Real World - Office Productivity & Data Analysis
Page 5 - BIOS Page 13 - Real World - System Management
Page 6 - Test setup Page 14 - Real World - Media Creation & 3D Modeling
Page 7 - Synthetic - WPrime1024 & UCBench 2011 Page 15 - Conclusion
Page 8 - Synthetic - CineBench  



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BIOS

Here are the BIOS Settings we used for the testing. Unfortunately we returned the memory kit that was used for the testing before we took pictures of the BIOS. Therefore memory information in those pictures are not accurate to the testing setup.

     


     


     


     


     


     


     


     


     



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Page 2 - Specifications / Delivery Page 10 - Synthetic - Cryptography & Arithmetic
Page 3 - Layout Page 11 - Synthetic - Multi-Media & Mutli-Core Efficiency
Page 4 - Connectors and I/O Page 12 - Real World - Office Productivity & Data Analysis
Page 5 - BIOS Page 13 - Real World - System Management
Page 6 - Test setup Page 14 - Real World - Media Creation & 3D Modeling
Page 7 - Synthetic - WPrime1024 & UCBench 2011 Page 15 - Conclusion
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Test setup

Hardware

Motherboard
  • Gigabyte GA-6PXSV3 (F11)
  • Gigabyte G1. Assassin2
  • Gigabyte GA-7PESH1 (D04)
Processor
  • 2 x Intel Xeon E5-2690 (8C/16T)
  • (2,9 GHz)
    Turbo:
    3'800 MHz (1 Core)
    3'600 MHz (2-3 Core)
    3'400 MHz (4-5 Core)
    3'300 MHz (6+ Core)
Memory 8 x 4 GB G.Skill RipJawsZ F3-19200CL9Q @ 1'333 MHz CL9-9-9-24
  • 8 x 16GB InnoDisk ACTICA ACT16GHR72U4J1600S 1600 MHz CL11 @ 1'600 MHz CL11-11-11-28
  • Graphic card ASUS Radeon HD 7970 Direct CU II
    Driver Catalyst 12.4
    Hard disk OCZ RevoDrive 3
    Power supply Seasonic Platinum SS-1000XP




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    Page 4 - Connectors and I/O Page 12 - Real World - Office Productivity & Data Analysis
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    WPrime 1024

    wPrime is a leading multithreaded benchmark for x86 processors that tests your processor performance by calculating square roots with a recursive call of Newton's method for estimating functions. The less time it takes the faster is your processor.



    UCBench 2011

    UnRAR-crack is a free RAR password cracker. It employs various techniques to maximize cracking speed (e.g. using SSE2, SSSE3, etc. to test more passwords at once, and using multithreading to take advantage of multi-core/hyperthreaded processors).
    UnRAR-crack benchmark uses the password cracking core of UnRAR-crack to test the performance of your system. It works by launching several thousand password checks and measuring the average testing speed, in passwords per second. It repeats the same procedure for different number of threads (up to the max your system can utilize), and using different crypto functions (SSE2-optimized, SSSE3-optimized, etc.). Using it, you can measure the SMP boost, the SSE unit performance, etc. The higher is the number the faster is your processor.



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    CineBench

    The test scenario uses all of your system's processing power to render a photorealistic 3D scene (from the viral "No Keyframes" animation by AixSponza). This scene makes use of various algorithms to stress all available processor cores. In fact, CINEBENCH can measure systems with up to 64 processor threads. This test scene contains approximately 2,000 objects which in turn contain more than 300,000 polygons in total, and uses sharp and blurred reflections, area lights, shadows, procedural shaders, antialiasing, and much more. The result is displayed in points (pts). The higher the number, the faster your processor.



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    Page 4 - Connectors and I/O Page 12 - Real World - Office Productivity & Data Analysis
    Page 5 - BIOS Page 13 - Real World - System Management
    Page 6 - Test setup Page 14 - Real World - Media Creation & 3D Modeling
    Page 7 - Synthetic - WPrime1024 & UCBench 2011 Page 15 - Conclusion
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    SiSoftware Sandra - Memory Bandwidth

    Measures the streaming performance of the memory systems. Higher is faster.



    SiSoftware Sandra - Memory Latency

    Measures the access time of the cache and memory systems. Lower is faster.



    SiSoftware Sandra - Cache Bandwidth

    Measures the performance of the cache and memory systems. Higher is faster.



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    SiSoftware Sandra - Cryptography

    Measures the cryptographic performance (encrypt/decrypt, hash, sign) of the processors. Higher is faster.



    SiSoftware Sandra - Processor Arithmetic

    Measures the arithmetic and floating-point performance of processors. Higher is faster.





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    Page 4 - Connectors and I/O Page 12 - Real World - Office Productivity & Data Analysis
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    SiSoftware Sandra - Processor Multi-Media

    Measures the multi-media and media processing performance of processors. Higher is faster.



    SiSoftware Sandra - Mutli-Core Efficiency

    Measures the efficiency of inter-core, inter-module and inter-package communication of processors. Higher is faster.



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    Office Productivity

    The Office Productivity scenario models productivity usage including word processing, spreadsheet data manipulation, email creation/management and web browsing.
    SYSmark 2012 measures system performance by measuring the response time of tasks on a PC using real applications and simulated user input. In the SYSmark 2012 scoring methodology, task response times are used to generate a performance rating that reflects the user experience. The faster a PC responds to the application workloads in SYSmark 2012, the higher its SYSmark 2012 performance ratings will be.
    Read, create and search for emails. Create and execute a rule on email inbox. Use multiple browsers to browse a blog, online shopping site, wiki site and social networking site. Check web mail in a private browser session. Combine multiple scanned pages from a complex document into an encrypted PDF document using optical character recognition (OCR). Create a PDF with fillable form fields from scanned pages. Archive a diverse set of files into an a single encrypted file. Use an advanced OCR program to convert scanned pages of complex and simple documents into editable word documents. Create a blog post and do a mail merge. Use a spreadsheet program to do data analysis. Create and view complex presentations that include clip art and video. Some of these activities are performed concurrently to model typical multitasking behavior.
    Application Version Document Type
    ABBYY Finereader Pro 10.0 Image files, word processing documents
    Adobe Acrobat Pro 9 Portable document files, image files
    Adobe Flash player 10.1 Flash animations
    Microsoft Excel 2010 Spreadsheets
    Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 Web pages
    Microsoft Outlook 2010 E-mails
    Microsoft Power Point 2010 Presentation files, image files, video files
    Microsoft Word 2010 Word processing documents
    Mozilla Firefox 3.6.8 Web pages
    WinZip Pro 14.5 Zip files, assorted document files




    Data / Financial Analysis

    The Data/Financial Analysis scenario creates financial models to review, evaluate and forecast business expenses. In addition, the performance and viability of financial investments is analyzed using past and projected performance data.
    SYSmark 2012 measures system performance by measuring the response time of tasks on a PC using real applications and simulated user input. In the SYSmark 2012 scoring methodology, task response times are used to generate a performance rating that reflects the user experience. The faster a PC responds to the application workloads in SYSmark 2012, the higher its SYSmark 2012 performance ratings will be.
    Generate sales forecasts by region and currency based on historical data, and produce summary graphs and pivot tables using a spreadsheet application.
    Application Version Document Type
    Microsoft Excel 2010 Spreadsheets




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    System Management

    The System Management scenario models the creation of data backup sets and the compression, and decompression of various file types. Updates to installed software are also performed.
    SYSmark 2012 measures system performance by measuring the response time of tasks on a PC using real applications and simulated user input. In the SYSmark 2012 scoring methodology, task response times are used to generate a performance rating that reflects the user experience. The faster a PC responds to the application workloads in SYSmark 2012, the higher its SYSmark 2012 performance ratings will be.
    Install and then upgrade an application using a complete application installer and patch installers. Perform a (simulated) full system backup using encryption, then after making changes to the initial backup dataset, perform two encrypted incremental backups. Restore both backups. Create an encrypted archive of various sensitive files for transfer across unsecured communications, and another unencrypted archive of various files. Decompress the initial backup and two incremental backups. Decompress the encrypted and unencrypted archive files.
    Application Version Document Type
    Mozilla Firefox Installers fir versions 2.0.0.20, 3.6.2, 3.6.3, 3.6.4, 3.6.6, 3.6.7 Application installer
    WinZip Pro 14.5 Zip files, assorted media and document files
    Winzip Command Line 3.2 Zip files, assorted media and document files




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    MediaCreation

    The Media Creation scenario models using digital photos and digital video to create, preview, and render a video advertisement for a fictional business.
    SYSmark 2012 measures system performance by measuring the response time of tasks on a PC using real applications and simulated user input. In the SYSmark 2012 scoring methodology, task response times are used to generate a performance rating that reflects the user experience. The faster a PC responds to the application workloads in SYSmark 2012, the higher its SYSmark 2012 performance ratings will be.
    Create a panoramic image using an image editing application, combine a set of photos into one high dynamic range (HDR) image, and adjust and prepare both images for print. Preview and encode a complex video project using a video compositing application. Here, OpenGL is used for all video previews and a software render is used for maximum video quality upon final output as recommended by software vendor documentation. Transcode the video to a format suitable for web publishing using a video editing application.
    Application Version Document Type
    Adobe After Effects CS5 Video files, image files, audio files
    Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended Image files
    Adobe Première Pro CS5 Video files




    3DModeling

    The 3D Modeling scenario focuses on creating, rendering, and previewing 3D objects and/or environments suitable for use in still imagery. The creation of 3D architectural models/landscapes and rendering of 2D images and video of models are also included.
    SYSmark 2012 measures system performance by measuring the response time of tasks on a PC using real applications and simulated user input. In the SYSmark 2012 scoring methodology, task response times are used to generate a performance rating that reflects the user experience. The faster a PC responds to the application workloads in SYSmark 2012, the higher its SYSmark 2012 performance ratings will be.
    Createcomponents for a 3D scene, including a panoramic image and texture images, using an image editing application. Create and render views of an architectural model using realistic materials in an architectural modeling application. Add visual features to an existing architectural model, and render "sketch" style views using an architectural modeling application. Create a 3D scene, rendering views and a fly-through animation of the scene's progression through development, using a 3D modeling application.
    Application Version Document Type
    Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended Image files
    Autodesk 3ds Max 2011 CAD files, image files, video files
    Autodesk AutoCAD 2011 CAD files
    Google SketchUp Pro 8 CAD files, image files




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    Page 5 - BIOS Page 13 - Real World - System Management
    Page 6 - Test setup Page 14 - Real World - Media Creation & 3D Modeling
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    Conclusion

    General   + -
    At a first glance the GA-6PXSV3 is a very good looking workstation motherboard. We like the fact that Gigabyte took care of of its look. Design aside this motherboard comes with an Intel C604 chipset on an ATX form factor which is rare. Therefore you can take advantage of what the C604 has to offer in an ATX case.
    The GA-6PXSV3 supports Intel Xeon E5-1600/2600 processor families as well as Intel Core series and SLI/CrossFire like almost all other single socket LGA2011 motherboards. What's special about this one is the memory support. While other manufacturers ship their workstation motherboards with memory support up to DDR3-1333 MHz, Gigabyte offers DDR3-1600 MHz support. Here the GA-6PXSV3 support up to eight RDIMM ECC 16GB modules 1.35v at DDR3-1600 MHz.
      - Design
    - DDR3-1600 MHz Support
    - C604 & ATX
    - Xeon & Core Support
    - SLI/CrossFire
     
           
    Layout   + -
    Regarding the expansion slots what you get here are two PCI Express x16 Gen3 slots working at x16 and one PCI Express x4 Gen2 working at only x2. This last one has a limited bandwidth of 1 GB/s so if you for example want to install a high performance PCI Express SSD we recommand you to install it on one of the PCIex16 go get the max of it.
    Like on the two other WS boards from Gigabyte we tested you also find an ASPEED 2D graphics chip on the GA-6PXSV3, very useful if you want to save power consumption costs or if you don't use your workstation for 3D. This time Gigabyte also included an audio chip which is interesting to have if you need normal audio to spare a PCIe slot. If you are going to do audio work though then you will need a professional sound card because this integrated one won't do the job.
    Last but not least there is an EtronTech EJ198H driving two USB3.0 headers for up to four front USB3.0 connectors.

      - Integrated audio - PCI Express Gen3
    - 2D graphics chip integrated - Power design - Headers for up to four front USB3.0 - mini-SAS
    - PCIe x4 @ Gen2 x2
           
    Performance   + -
    Because this board is actually able to drive 128GB of memory at 1'600 MHz we wanted at first to show you the power of the ram caching under real world workloads. But unfortunately BAPCo SYSmark decided otherwise, the benchmarking suite being incompatible with ram caching. Therefore we changed our innitial plan and compared the performance of this workstation board with the performance of an high-end gaming motherboard. Nevertheless in this case we saw something interesting, this workstation board is actually faster than the highest-end gaming motherboard from the same manufacturer in almost all tests.
    We also ran a three days long extreme stability test on the 128 GB ECC memory working at 1'600 MHz (see screenshots page 6) to make dead sure the system is 140 %. Small wonder, the setup completed successfully HCI Memtest ten times.
      - Performance  
           
    BIOS   + -
    The BIOS is of course well furnished for a workstation use, but that's it. As we said already this motherboard is not designed for the enthusiast market so that's normal. But anyway we would have liked to have a BIOS with more configuration settings for clock frequencies and memory timings for exemple.   - Lots of WorkSation/server settings - Free of overclocking settings
           
    Recommendation   + -
    Gigabyte managed to build a very strong and good looking workstation motherboard with its GA-6PXSV3.  They even managed to surprise us, when it comes to performance. This board is highly efficient and it suites you perfectly if you should be looking for a workstation motherboard that features an ATX formfactor and supports up to 128 Gigabyte of RAM.   - Worksation
    - Server - Ram Caching
    - Overclocking
    - Gaming
    - Desktop
           
    Rating
    We give the Gigabyte GA-6PXSV3 4.5 out of 5 stars.



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    Page 3 - Layout Page 11 - Synthetic - Multi-Media & Mutli-Core Efficiency
    Page 4 - Connectors and I/O Page 12 - Real World - Office Productivity & Data Analysis
    Page 5 - BIOS Page 13 - Real World - System Management
    Page 6 - Test setup Page 14 - Real World - Media Creation & 3D Modeling
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