Asus P5W DH Deluxe, 975X Core 2 Duo Ready Motherboard

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How we configured our test systems: When configuring our test systems for the following set of benchmarks, we first entered their respective system BIOSes and set each board to its "Optimized" or "High-Performance Defaults." We then saved the settings, re-entered the BIOS and set memory timings for DDR2-800 at 4,4,4,12 1T latency.  The hard drives were then formatted, and Windows XP Professional SP2 was installed. When the Windows installation was complete, we installed the drivers necessary for our components, and removed Windows Messenger from the system. Auto-Updating and System Restore were then disabled, and we set up a 768MB permanent page file on the same partition as the Windows installation. Lastly, we set Windows XP's Visual Effects to "best performance," installed all of our benchmarking software, defragged the hard drives, and ran all of the tests.

HotHardware's Test Systems
Intel Inside

System 1:
Intel Core 2 Duo E6700
(2.66GHz)

Intel D975XBX
(975X Express)

Asus P5W DH Deluxe
(975X Chipset)

2x512MB Corsair PC-8500
CL 4-4-4-12-1T - DDR2-800

2xGeForce 7900 GTX
On-Board Ethernet
On-board Audio

WD740 "Raptor" HD
10,000 RPM SATA

Windows XP Pro SP2
Intel INF 8.0.1.1002
nForce 4 Drivers v6.86
NVIDIA Forceware v91.27
DirectX 9.0c

 

System 2:
AMD Athlon 62 X2 5000+ (2.6GHz)

Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe
(NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI)

2x512MB Corsair PC-8500

CL 4-4-4-12-1T - DDR2-800

2xGeForce 7900 GTX
On-board Ethernet
On-board Audio

WD740 "Raptor" HD
10,000 RPM SATA

Windows XP Pro SP2
nForce 4 Drivers v6.86
NVIDIA Forceware v91.27
DirectX 9.0c
Preliminary Testing with SiSoft SANDRA 2007 Pro
Synthetic Benchmarks

We began our testing with SiSoftware's SANDRA, the System ANalyzer, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant. We ran three of the built-in subsystem tests that partially comprise the SANDRA 2007 suite (CPU, Multimedia, and Memory) with the Asus P5W DH Deluxe and our Core 2 Duo E6700 processor. All of the scores reported below were taken with the processor running at its default clock speed of 2.66GHz. 


P5W DH CPU
Core 2 Duo E6700
2.66GHz


P5W DH MM
Core 2 Duo E6700
2.66GHz


P5WDH Memory
Core 2 Duo E6700
2.66GHz / DDR2-800



BadAxe CPU
Core 2 Duo E6700
2.66GHz



BadAxe MM
Core 2 Duo E6700
2.66GHz



BadAxe Memory
Core 2 Duo E6700
2.66GHz / DDR2-800

On all accounts the P5W DH Deluxe put up slightly better numbers than Intel's own 975X based "BadAxe" motherboard.  Asus has historically been known to tweak their FSB settings a little aggressively even at stock speed settings, so this is not surprising.  In any event, the performance differentials were minimal.


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