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Test Setup

Four MicroATX Mobos for Core 2
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Test System
CPU Intel Core 2 Duo E6400
2.13 GHz, 2 MB L2 Cache, FSB1066
Memory 2x 512 MB Dual Channel DDR2-800
Corsair XMS2 CM2X512-8500
CL5.0-5-5-15 Timings
Hard Drive Western Digital Raptor-X, WD1500ADFD
150 GB, 10,000 RPM, 8 MB buffer, Serial ATA/150
Power Supply Zalman ZM600-HP 600W
Software
OS Windows XP Professional
Build 5.1.2600
Service Pack 2
DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)

Benchmarks

Benchmarks
Audio
Lame MP3 Version 3.97 Beta 2 (12-22-2005)
Audio CD "Terminator II SE",
53 Minutes, Wave to MP3
160kbps
OGG Version 1.1.2 (P4 Mod)
Audio CD "Terminator II SE",
53 Minutes, Wave to OGG
Quality : 5
Video
TMPEG 3.0 Express Version 3.0.4.24 (No Audio)
First 5 minutes of Terminator II
SE (704x576) 16:9
Multithreading by Rendering
DivX 6.2 Version 6.2.2
Profile : High Definition Profile
1-pas, 3000 kb/s
Encoding Mode : Insane Quality
Enhanced Multithreading
No Audio
XviD 1.1.0 Version 1.1.0 Beta 2
Target qantizer : 1.00
Applications
3D Studio Max Version 8
"Dragon_Character_Rig"
Rendering : HDTV 1920x1080
Synthetics
PCMark05 Pro Version 1.1.0
System, CPU and Memory Tests
Windows Media Player 10
(10.00.00.3646)
Windows Media Encoder 9
(9.00.00.2980)
SiSoft Sandra 2005 Version 2005.7.10.60
CPU Test = Arithmetic &
Multimedia Benchmarks
Memory Test = Bandwidth
Benchmark

We decided not to run game benchmarks as these are mostly limited by processor performance and graphics performance. Running a high-end mainstream or even a high-end graphics card at a 1280x1024 resolution would result in virtually the same 3D performance for all candidates.

System Power Consumption

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