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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 with 4,4,4,12 1T timings. 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 1024MB 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
AMD & Intel Inside!
System 1:
Intel C2E X6800
(2.93GHz)

Gigabyte GA-N680SLI-DQ6
(NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI)

2 x 1GB PC2-6400
DDR2-800

GeForce 8800 GTX
On-Board Ethernet
On-board Audio

WD150 "Raptor" HD
10,000 RPM SATA

Windows XP Pro
nForce Drivers v9.53
NVIDIA Forceware v158.24
DirectX 9.0c June 2007

System 2:
Intel C2E X6800
(2.93GHz)

Intel D975XBX2
(Intel 975X Express)

2 x 1GB Corsair PC2-6400
DDR2-800

GeForce 8800 GTX
On-Board Ethernet
On-board Audio

WD150 "Raptor" HD
10,000 RPM SATA

Windows XP Pro
Intel Inf Drivers v8.3.0.1013
NVIDIA Forceware v158.24
DirectX 9.0c June 2007

System 3:
Intel C2E X6800
(2.93GHz)

EVGA nForce 680i SLI
(NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI)

2 x 1GB Corsair PC2-6400
DDR2-800

GeForce 8800 GTX
On-Board Ethernet
On-board Audio

WD150 "Raptor" HD
10,000 RPM SATA

Windows XP Pro
NVIDIA nForce Drivers v9.53
NVIDIA Forceware v158.24
DirectX 9.0c June 2007


Futuremark PCMark05
Synthetic CPU and Memory Benchmarks


For our first round of synthetic benchmarks, we ran the CPU and memory performance modules built into Futuremark's PCMark05 suite.

"The CPU test suite is a collection of tests that are run to isolate the performance of the CPU. The CPU Test Suite also includes multithreading: two of the test scenarios are run multithreaded; the other including two simultaneous tests and the other running four tests simultaneously. The remaining six tests are run single threaded. Operations include, File Compression/Decompression, Encryption/Decryption, Image Decompression, and Audio Compression" - Courtesy FutureMark Corp.

 

As expected, all three of the motherboards we tested put up similar scores in PCMark05's CPU performance test.  All three scores were quite close, with the 975X Express based D975XBX2 taking the top spot, followed by the Gigabyte N680SLI-DQ6 and then EVGA's offering.


"The Memory test suite is a collection of tests that isolate the performance of the memory subsystem. The memory subsystem consists of various devices on the PC. This includes the main memory, the CPU internal cache (known as the L1 cache) and the external cache (known as the L2 cache). As it is difficult to find applications that only stress the memory, we explicitly developed a set of tests geared for this purpose. The tests are written in C++ and assembly. They include: Reading data blocks from memory, Writing data blocks to memory performing copy operations on data blocks, random access to data items and latency testing."  - Courtesy FutureMark Corp.

 

The three motherboards we tested also put up similar scores in PCMark05's memory performance module.  This time around, however, the Gigabyte board took the lead, followed by the Intel board and then the EVGA nForce 680i SLI.

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