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Encores: Gigabyte GA-P35C-DS3R And MSI P35 Neo Combo

Eight P35-DDR2 Motherboards Compared
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Two formerly-reviewed motherboards that support the builder’s choice of DDR2 or DDR3 configurations make their return for performance retest : Gigabyte’s GA-P35C-DS3R and MSI’s P35 Neo Combo :

The GA-P35C-DS3R proved itself a formidable contender in its performance debut, while the P35 Neo Combo sacrificed some overclocking capability while meeting lower-cost demands typical of the broader upgrade market.

Test Setup

System Hardware
Socket 775 Processor Intel Core 2 Duo E6700
(Conroe 65 nm, 2.67 GHz, 4 MB L2 Cache)
RAM Corsair Dominator TWIN2X2048-8888C4DF
2x 1024 MB DDR2-1111 (CL 4.0-4-4-12)
Hard Drive Western Digital WD1500ADFD-00NLR1, Firmware : 20.07P20
150 GB, 10,000 RPM, 16 MB cache, SATA/150
Graphics Card Foxconn GeForce 8800GTX, P/N : FV-N88XMAD2-OD
NVIDIA GeForce 8800GTX - 768 MB
Power Supply OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI - 700W
System Software & Drivers
OS Windows XP Professional 5.10.2600, Service Pack 2
DirectX Version 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
Platform Drivers Intel INF 8.3.0.1013
Graphics Driver NVIDIA Forceware 158.19

Everyone wants to see how the new P35 Express chipset compares to competing parts, including the P965 Express chipset it replaces. Representing the P965 is Asus’s top-overclocking P5B Deluxe WiFi-AP Edition motherboard, updated to BIOS 1101 (03/09/2007).

Of course Intel isn’t the only name in the Core-2 supporting chipset game : Nvidia’s 650i SLI chipset is represented by MSI’s top-overclocking P6N SLI Platinum.

Anyone who wants to see how the P6N Platinum stacked up to Nvidia’s high-end 680i chipset should enjoy our 650i Motherboard Comparison.

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