We began our testing with SiSoftware's SANDRA, the System ANalyzer, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant. SANDRA consists of a set of information and diagnostic utilities that can provide a host of useful information about your hardware and operating system. We ran four of the built-in sub-system tests that comprise the SANDRA 2004 suite (CPU, Multimedia, Memory and Hard Disk).
For this quick test, we decided we would let both chipsets stretch their legs as far as possible and then compare the two. We setup the LGA775 version of the P4 EE 3.4GHz chip, in both the Intel i915G and i925X based motherboards.
The 3.4GHz Extreme Edition, couple with both the i915 and i925X, does a good job of commanding the lead in both CPU and Multimedia tests. On the other hand DDR2 performance here is falling somewhat short of the DDR/i875 reference systems in the Sandra database. It even falls short of PC3200 CAS2 i875 performance, according to Sandra's Memory test.
Intel Matrix RAID 0 w/ Native Command Queuing
Although this is just a quick drive throughput test and by no means a complete measure of sustained bandwidth from a hard drive subsystem, Sandra does give a quick baseline reference point for peak data bursts. The RAID 0 drive array we used here was actually comprised of a pair of new Maxtor 7200 RPM SATA II drives with NCQ and 16MB memory buffers. As you can see, they put up near 10K RPM drive performance, coming within striking distance of the 10K RPM - 36G RAID 0 pair, in the Sandra reference database.