Preliminary Synthetic Tests with SANDRA
ASUS P5GDC-V Deluxe (i915G)
Windows XP Professional SP-2
One of the first tests we always like to run is SiSoftware's SANDRA. This synthetic test helps give a quick idea of how a particular setup compares to its peers, by comparing various subsystems to a comprehensive internal database. In this case, we like to focus on CPU and Memory testing at both stock and overclocked speeds. First, we'll start off with the ASUS P5GDC-V Deluxe and follow up with the Soltek SL-915GPRo-FGR.
Generally, the P5GDC-V Deluxe's performance at stock speeds yielded little surprises. Our test system performed on par with what we would expect when compared to the reference systems. The real magic occurred when we upped the system bus to 250MHz, boosting the CPU to 3.75MHz. This resulted in our test machine jumping significantly across the board, returning top scores in the CPU and Memory tests.
We already covered the overclocking problems we had with the SL-915GPro-FGR, so we didn't expect much on that front when running the FSB at 225MHz. We did see nominal gains across all areas of testing, but the gains were not worth noting, when we ran the same tests as we did with the ASUS model. From a stock performance perspective, the Soltek SL-915GPro-FGR also fit the profile, posting slightly higher FPU scores than the ASUS board, whereas the Multimedia tests were all Soltek. Memory performance was a mixed bag between the two, with the Soltek model taking the higher Integer tests and the ASUS model acing the Floating Point segment. We'll have to run a few more benchmarks before we can draw any conclusions.