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11-Way P45 Motherboard Shootout
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System Hardware
Socket 775 Processor Intel Core 2 Duo E6850
(Conroe 65 nm, 3.00 GHz, 4 MB L2 Cache)
DDR3 System Memory Crucial Ballistix BL12864BA1608.8SFB DDR3-1600
2x 1024 MB at DDR3-1066, CL 5.0-5-5-15
DDR2 System Memory Crucial Ballistix BL12864AA804.16FD3 DDR2-800
2x 1024 MB at DDR2-1066, CL 5.0-5-5-15
Hard Drive Western Digital WD1500ADFD-00NLR1, Firmware : 20.07P20
150 GB, 10,000 RPM, 16 MB cache, SATA/150
Graphics Card Gigabyte GV-RX385512H (Radeon HD 3850)
670MHz GPU, 512MB GDDR3-1660
Sound Card Asus Xonar D2X (PCI-Express)
Power Supply Coolermaster RS850-EMBA (850W, ATX12V v2.2)
System Software & Drivers
OS Windows Vista Ultimate 6.0.6000 (Vista Retail)
DirectX Version DirectX 10.0
Platform Drivers Intel INF 9.0.0.1008
Graphics Driver ATI Catalyst 8.4

We’ve been using Gigabyte’s Radeon HD 3850 for a while, and while it is getting a little old it continues to allow readers to look back at former articles and compare performance levels. Intel’s upcoming socket change will give us a better opportunity to make major changes to our reference configuration.

Crucial’s Ballistix DDR2-800 predates our reference system, yet its ability to run at DDR2-1066 CAS 5.0-5-5-15 allows us to compare DDR2 to DDR3 platforms at the same data rate and timings.

Making for a fair comparison, DDR3 platforms use Ballstix DDR3-1600 CAS 8, slowed to 1066 MHz data rate with tighter CAS 5.0-5-5-15 timings.

Overclock testing is an important part of today’s article, so we used Swiftech’s Apogee GTX water block, MCP-655b high-flow pump and 120 mm x3 fan radiator to keep temperatures near ambient conditions. This Swiftech kit has worked so well for us that it’s been used in five consecutive LGA775 motherboard shootouts.

Summary
  1. Introduction
  2. ASRock P45R2000-WiFi
  3. P45R2000-WiFi Onboard Devices
  4. P45R2000-WiFi BIOS And Overclocking
  5. P45R2000-WiFi Software And Accessories
  6. ASRock P45TS-R
  7. P45TS-R Onboard Devices
  8. P45TS-R BIOS And Overclocking
  9. P45TS-R Software And Accessories
  10. Asus Maximus II Formula
  11. Maximus II Formula Onboard Devices
  12. Maximus II Formula BIOS And Overclocking
  13. Maximus II Formula Software And Accessories
  14. Asus P5Q Deluxe
  15. P5Q Deluxe Onboard Devices
  16. P5Q Deluxe BIOS And Overclocking
  17. P5Q Deluxe Software And Accessories
  18. Biostar TSeries TP45 HP
  19. TP45 HP Onboard Devices
  20. TP45 HP BIOS And Overclocking
  21. TP45 HP Software And Accessories
  22. Biostar TPower i45
  23. TPower i45 Onboard Devices
  24. TPower i45 BIOS And Overclocking
  25. TPower i45 Software And Accessories
  26. ECS Black Series P45T-A
  27. P45T-A Onboard Devices
  28. P45T-A BIOS And Overclocking
  29. P45T-A Software And Accessories
  30. Gigabyte GA-EP45-DQ6
  31. EP45-DQ6 Onboard Devices
  32. EP45-DQ6 BIOS And Overclocking
  33. EP45-DQ6 Software And Accessories
  34. Jetway HI04
  35. HI04 Onboard Devices
  36. HI04 BIOS And Overclocking
  37. HI04 Software And Accessories
  38. MSI P45 Platinum
  39. P45 Platinum Onboard Devices
  40. P45 Platinum BIOS And Overclocking
  41. P45 Platinum Software And Accessories
  42. MSI P45D3 Platinum
  43. P45 D3 Platinum BIOS And Overclocking
  44. P45D3 Platinum Software And Accessories
  45. Test Hardware
  46. Benchmark Configuration
  47. Benchmark Results: 3D Games
  48. Benchmark Results: Applications
  49. Benchmark Results: Video Encoding And Synthetics
  50. Performance Analysis
  51. Onboard Audio Quality
  52. Power Consumption And Temperature
  53. Overclocking
  54. Conclusion
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