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Intel's Xeon Shows Its Stuff in 7 Motherboards

Test Setup

Intel Processors (Socket 604)
200 MHz FSB (Dual DDR2-400)Xeon Nocona 3.6 GHz (3600 MHz 12-16/1024 kB)
Memory
Intel 875P(Socket 604)4 x 512 MB, DDR400 (200 MHz)Corsair CMX512-3200LL XMS3205v1.2Timings : CL 2.0-2-2-5Voltage : 2.5 V
Intel E7525(Socket 604)4 x 512 MB, DDR2-400 (200 MHz)Infineon HYS72T64000GR-5-ATimings : CL 3.0-3-3-11Voltage : 1.8 V
Common Hardware
Graphic Card PCIeNVIDIA/PNY Quadro FX3400GPU : NV45GL (350 MHz)Memory : 256 MB G-DDR3 (450 MHz)
Sound CardTerratec Aureon 7.1 Space96.00 kHz sample rate
Hard DrivePromise FastTrak S150 TX2plus (Bios : 1.00.0.37)2 x SATA Maxtor 6Y080M013530B (Raid 0)80 GB, 8 MB Cache, 7200 rpm
DVD/CD-ROMMSI MS-8216D 16x DVD
Software
Intel Chipset6.0.1.1002 (05/07/2004)
NVIDIA GraphicsAGP and PCIEDetonator 61.76
DirectXVersion : 9c
OSWindows XP Professional, Build 5.1.2600, Service Pack 2 (2860)

In order to put the motherboards into a realistic environment, they had to pass the SPEC suite including Solidworks 2003 and 3DStudio MAX. Both require about half an hour.

All motherboards were tested using NVIDIA’s Quadro FX-3400, based on NV45GL and GDDR3 memory.

For the two 875P motherboards, we had to use the Quadro FX-3000, which is an AGP part based on NV35 GL and DDR1 memory. Currently, there is no faster AGP graphics card available for professional graphics.