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Shootout at the Core 2 Corral: Seven P965 Motherboards Compared
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System Hardware
Socket 775 Processors Intel Core 2 Duo E6700
(Conroe 65 nm, 2.67 GHz, 4 MB L2 Cache)
RAM 2x 1024 MB DDR2-800 (CL 4.0-4-4-8)
Corsair CM2X1024-6400C4 XMS6404v1.1
Hard Drive Western Digital WD1500ADFD-00NLR1
150 GB, 10.000 RPM, 16 MB cache, SATA/150
(Firmware 20.07P20)
Graphics Card Connect3D X1900XTX VIVO, P/N : 3055
ATI Radeon X1900XTX - 512 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 8.0.1.1006
Graphics Driver ATI Catalyst 6.8

Connect3D’s X1900XTX ensured that each platform could reach its full performance potential in games.

Most applications see some benefit from low memory latencies, and Corsair’s XMS2 performed flawlessly.

With 16 MB of cache and a 10,000 RPM spindle speed, Western Digital’s 150 GB Raptor allowed applications and game maps to load quickly.

Benchmarks And Settings

Benchmarks and Settings
3D-Games
Call of Duty 2 Version : 1.03
Video Mode : 1024x768
Anti-aliasing : off
Shadows : no
timedemo demo2
F.E.A.R Version : 1.0 Retail
Video Mode : 1024x768
Computer : Medium
Graphics : Medium
Test Path : Options/Performance/Test Settings
Quake 4 Version : 1.2 (Dual-Core Patch)
Video Mode : 1024x768
Video Quality : default
THG Timedemo waste.map
timedemo demo8.demo 1 (1 = load textures)
Audio
Lame MP3 Version 3.97 Beta 2 (12-22-2005)
Audio CD "Terminator II SE", 53 min
wave to mp3
160 kbps
OGG Version 1.1.2 (Intel P4 MOD)
Version 1.1.2 (Intel AMD MOD)
Audio CD "Terminator II SE", 53 min
wave to ogg
Quality : 5
Video
TMPEG 3.0 Express Version : 3.0.4.24 (no Audio)
fist 5 Minutes DVD Terminator 2 SE (704x576) 16:9
Multithreading by rendering
DivX 6.2 Version : 6.2.2 (4 Logical CPUs)
Profile : High Definition Profile
1-pass, 3000 kbit/s
Encoding mode : Insane Quality
Enhanced multithreading
no Audio
XviD 1.1.0 Version : 1.1.0 Beta 2
Target qantizer : 1.00
Applications
Autodesk 3D Studio Max Version : 8.0
Characters "Dragon_Charater_rig"
rendering HTDV 1920x1080
Synthetics
PCMark05 Pro Version : 1.1.0
System, CPU and Memory Tests
Windows Media Player 10.00.00.3646
Windows Media Encoder 9.00.00.2980
SiSoftware Sandra 2005 Version 2005.7.10.60
CPU Test = Arithmetic, Multimedia Benchmarks
Memory Test = Bandwidth Benchmark

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