Asus Maximus II Formula Intel P45 Motherboard

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Testbed and Sandra

Test System Details
Specifications and Revisions

  • Asus Maximus II Formula Intel P45 Motherboard
  • Abit IP35 Pro Intel P35 Motherboard
  • XFX nVidia nForce 780i SLI Motherboard
  • eVGA Nvidia nForce 680i LT SLI Motherboard
  • Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 (2.4 GHz Quad-Core, 65nm)
  • Kingston HyperX DDR2-800 Memory (4 x 1 GB, CAS 4-4-4-12)
  • Nvidia GeForce 9600 GT 512 MB (175.19 Driver)
  • Western Digital Raptor 74 GB Hard Drive)
  • Plextor PX-755SA DVD+/-RW Drive
  • Corsair HX620W 620W Power Supply
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate Edition (32-bit, SP1)

Synthetic CPU and Memory Benchmarks
SiSoft Sandra XII SP2C (1424)




Starting off with the basics, CPU and memory, we see the new Maximus II Formula board getting off to a somewhat rough start. While the board keeps up with its competitors in terms of raw CPU performance, this P45 board does not score extremely well in terms of memory performance. The new Asus P45-based board shows the least amount of memory bandwidth of our boards in testing, along with the highest latency, not a good combination. Especially considering the P45 is supposed to include Intel’s memory acceleration technology that is present in the X38/X48 series chipsets and that the P35 doesn’t have. This can improve in the future with later BIOS revisions, but it’s unlikely to change the game too much.


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