EVGA X58 3X SLI Core i7 Motherboard

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Test System and SANDRA Tests

Test System Configuration Notes: When configuring our test systems for this article, 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 either DDR2-1066  (AMD) with 5,5,5,15 timings, DDR3-1333 with 7,7,7,20 timings (Intel Core 2), or DDR3-1066 with 7,7,7,20 timings (Intel Core i7). The hard drives were then formatted, and Windows Vista Ultimate was installed. When the Windows installation was complete, we updated the OS, and installed the drivers necessary for our components. Auto-Updating and Windows Defender were then disabled and we installed all of our benchmarking software, performed a disk clean-up, defragged the hard drives, and ran all of the tests.

 HotHardware's Test Systems
 Intel and AMD - Head To Head 
System 1:
Core i7 Extreme 965

(3.2GHz - Quad-Core)

Intel DX58SO
Asus P6T Deluxe
Gigabyte GA-EX58-Extreme

(X58 Express Chipset)

3x1GB Qimonda DDR3-1066
CL 7-7-7-20 - DDR3-1066

GeForce GTX 280
On-Board Ethernet
On-board Audio

WD150 "Raptor" HD
10,000 RPM SATA

Windows Vista Ultimate
NVIDIA Forceware v180.43
DirectX Redist (August 2008)
System 2:
Core 2 Extreme QX9770

(3.2GHz - Quad-Core)

Asus P5E3 Premium
(X48 Express Chipset)

Asus Striker II Extreme
(nForce 790i Ultra SLI)
** High Res Game Tests Only

4x1GB Corsair DDR3-1800
CL 7-7-7-20 - DDR3-1333

GeForce GTX 280
On-Board Ethernet
On-board Audio

WD150 "Raptor" HD
10,000 RPM SATA

Windows Vista Ultimate
NVIDIA Forceware v180.43
DirectX Redist (August 2008)

System 3:
AMD Phenom X4 9950

(2.6GHz Quad-Core)

Gigabyte GA-MA790FX-DQ6
(AMD 790FX Chipset)

2x2GB Corsair PC2-8500
CL 5-5-5-15 - DDR2-1066

GeForce GTX 280
On-Board Ethernet
On-board Audio

WD150 "Raptor" HD
10,000 RPM SATA

Windows Vista Ultimate
NVIDIA Forceware v180.43
DirectX Redist (August 2008)

SiSoftware SANDRA 2009 SP1
Synthetic Benchmarks

We continued our testing with SiSoftware's SANDRA 2009, the System ANalyzer, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant. We ran three of the built-in subsystem tests that partially comprise the SANDRA 2009 suite on the test motherboards (CPU Arithmetic, CPU Multi-Media, and Memory).









In these quick synthetic benchmarks, as you'll note in the graphs, the EVGA X58 3X SLI is right on top of the Intel board, in terms of CPU performance.  However, we did notice a slight variance in memory bandwidth, which isn't that surprising.  X58 Express chipset-based boards and BIOSes are still very much being tuned from virtually all the major manufacturers.  You'll likely see these variances tighten up a bit more as things mature.  That said, let's journey on with respect to the numbers and see where the rest of the chips fall for this new board from EVGA.

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