Eight P35-DDR2 Motherboards Compared

Test Setup, Continued

Getting the most from a system requires good RAM, and all the boards in this review support memory up to DDR2-1066, even though the specification hasn't been approved by Intel. Keeping the boards stable at this memory speed is Corsair's XMS2-8888.

Limited-performance CrossFire support via one x16 and one x4 slot is less than ideal for benchmarking, but we've heard few complaints concerning Nvidia 8800GTX performance. Foxconn sent its part for these single-card tests.

Hard drives may be the slowest part of modern systems, but Western Digital's 150 GB Raptor gives a nice little improvement to program load times.

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 6.1 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 quantizer: 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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