Pipe Dreams: Six P35-DDR3 Motherboards Compared

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
Graphics Driver NVIDIA Forceware 158.19

With no other DDR3 chipsets to compare, P35 Express motherboards will stand against each other in this round. Anyone interested in seeing how its performance compares to nVidia’s directly-competitive DDR2 chipset can find an identical configuration in our recent 650i Roundup

New to this comparison is Corsair’s DDR3-1066 CAS7. Because DDR3 is still an early-development product, we don’t expect significantly lower latencies to reach the mass market for several weeks

Though the P35 Express chipset can support a limited-performance Crossfire configuration through an x16 and x4 slot, the high-performance Foxconn 8800GTX was instead chosen in a single-card configuration.

Hard drives don’t progress nearly as quickly as core logic, and Western Digital’s relatively-old 150 GB Raptor still represents pinnacle performance.

Benchmarks and Settings
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)
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
TMPEG 3.0 Express Version : (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 qantizer : 1.00
Autodesk 3D Studio Max Version : 8.0
Characters "Dragon_Charater_rig"
rendering HTDV 1920x1080
PCMark05 Pro Version : 1.1.0
System, CPU and Memory Tests
Windows Media Player
Windows Media Encoder
SiSoftware Sandra 2005 Version 2005.7.10.60
CPU Test = Arithmetic, Multimedia Benchmarks
Memory Test = Bandwidth Benchmark

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  • Anonymous
    Dont get any biostar mobo, they all have capacitor problems in my experience.
  • Anonymous
    Gigabyte GA-P35C-DS3R support up to 4GB DDR3 memory. However, could 8GBs 2x4GB DDR3 modules be used as long as it is within the top 1333 limit on the board?