Hybrid vs Native Dual X16 SLI: Asus P5N32-E SLI Plus vs Abit IN9 32X-MAX

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Test Systems & SiSoft SANDRA

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 (productivity benchmarks):
Intel Core 2 Duo E6400
(2.13GHz)

Abit IN9 32X-MAX (nForce 680i Chipset)

ASUS P5N32-E SLI Plus (NVIDIA Dual x16 SLI)

Abit AB9 Pro (Intel P965 Chipset)

Gigabyte GA-965P-DQ6 (Intel P965 Chipset)

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

GeForce 7900 GT
On-Board Ethernet
On-board Audio

WD740 "Raptor" HD
10,000 RPM SATA

Windows XP Pro SP2
Intel INF 8.0.1.1002
nForce 680i Drivers v9.53
NVIDIA Forceware v93.71
DirectX 9.0c

 

System 2 (gaming benchmarks):
Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 (2.13GHz)

Abit IN9 32X-MAX (nForce 680i Chipset)

ASUS P5N32-E SLI Plus (NVIDIA Dual x16 SLI)

Gigabyte GA-965P-DQ6 (Intel P965 Chipset)


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

Radeon X1950 XT
2 x GeForce 7900GT
(SLI tests)
On-board Ethernet
On-board Audio

WD740 "Raptor" HD
10,000 RPM SATA

Windows XP Pro SP2
Intel INF 8.0.1.1002
nForce 680i Drivers v9.53
Catalyst 7.3
NVIDIA Forceware v93.71
DirectX 9.0c
Preliminary Testing with SiSoft SANDRA 2007
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 Abit IN9 32X-MAX, ASUS P5N32-E SLI Plus and our Core 2 Duo E6400 processor. All of the scores reported below were taken with the processor running at its default clock speed of 2.13GHz.


P5N32-E SLI Plus CPU
Core 2 Duo E6400
2.13GHz


P5N32-E SLI Plus MM
Core 2 Duo E6400
2.13GHz


P5N32-E SLI Plus Memory
Core 2 Duo E6400
2.13GHz / DDR2-800



IN9 32X-MAX CPU
Core 2 Duo E6400
2.13GHz



IN9 32X-MAX MM
Core 2 Duo E6400
2.13GHz



IN9 32X-MAX Memory
Core 2 Duo E6400
2.13GHz / DDR2-800

ASUS' hybrid chipset starts well as the P5N32-E SLI Plus barely edges out the IN9 32X-MAX in all three tests. The two boards post nearly identical scores in every test except for memory bandwidth, where the P5N32-E SLI Plus pulled ahead with a nearly 10% lead.

Tags:  Asus, ATI, sli, Hybrid, dual, x1, Abit, x16, NAT, N9, Ive, ativ, id, N3

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