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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 2Version: 1.03Video Mode: 1024x768Anti-aliasing: offShadows: notimedemo demo2
F.E.A.RVersion: 1.0 RetailVideo Mode: 1024x768Computer: MediumGraphics: MediumTest Path: Options/Performance/Test Settings
Quake 4Version: 1.2 (Dual-Core Patch)Video Mode: 1024x768Video Quality: defaultTHG Timedemo waste.maptimedemo demo8.demo 1 (1 = load textures)
Audio
Lame MP3Version 3.97 Beta 2 (12-22-2005)Audio CD "Terminator II SE", 53 minwave to mp3160 kbps
OGGVersion 1.1.2 (Intel P4 MOD)Version 1.1.2 (Intel AMD MOD)Audio CD "Terminator II SE", 53 minwave to oggQuality: 5
Video
TMPEG 3.0 ExpressVersion: 3.0.4.24 (no Audio)fist 5 Minutes DVD Terminator 2 SE (704x576) 16:9Multithreading by rendering
DivX 6.1Profile: High Definition Profile1-pass, 3000 kbit/sEncoding mode: Insane QualityEnhanced multithreadingno Audio
XviD 1.1.0Version: 1.1.0 Beta 2Target quantizer: 1.00
Applications
Autodesk 3D Studio MaxVersion: 8.0Characters "Dragon_Charater_rig"rendering HTDV 1920x1080
Synthetics
PCMark05 ProVersion: 1.1.0System, CPU and Memory TestsWindows Media Player 10.00.00.3646Windows Media Encoder 9.00.00.2980
SiSoftware Sandra 2005Version 2005.7.10.60CPU Test = Arithmetic, Multimedia BenchmarksMemory Test = Bandwidth Benchmark