Four-Way Gigabyte P45 Motherboard Round-Up

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Divx Author and Adobe Photoshop CS3

Divx Author 6.7 - 30 Minute Show Divx Video Encoding Speed
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Adobe Photoshop CS3 Filter Benchmark
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Adobe Photoshop CS3 RAW Photo Processing Time
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For production level workstations, Intel’s P45 w/ DDR3 memory appears to give a slight edge over competing DDR2 platforms. Our Divx Author encoding times were about 20 seconds faster with our DDR3 boards compared to DDR2, and our Photoshop CS3 benchmark numbers were a slight bit snappier across the board as well.

Workstation users should also note that these P45 boards can hold 16GB of memory, whereas P35/780i/680i platforms can only accept 8GB at this time. Considering how cheap memory is and how Vista/XP x64 are mostly mature now, it’s a pretty tempting option.

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