Intel P35 Bearlake Motherboard And DDR3 Memory – Asus and Corsair

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Test System Setup And SiSoft SANDRA CPU

Below are our test system configurations for a proper perspective of how we tested.  For our processor, we chose a 2.66GHz Core 2 Duo E6700 chip, that when setup with a 333MHz FSB and multiplier of 9X, also runs at an even 3GHz at stock voltage.  At this setting we obtained a 1333MHz FSB and matching 1333MHz DDR3 speed.  1066MHz FSB speeds were recorded at the processor's stock setting of 266MHz with a multiplier of 10X.

HotHardware's Test Systems
AMD & Intel Inside!

System 1:
Intel Core 2 Duo E6700 (2.66GHz And 3GHz)

Asus P5K3 Deluxe WiFi Ed. 
(Intel P35 Bearlake Chipset)

Asus P5K Deluxe (DDR2)
(Intel P35 Bearlake Chipset)

2x1024MB Corsair PC2-8500
CL 5-5-5-15-2T - DDR2-1066

2x1024MB Corsair XMS3
CL 8-6-6-15-2T - DDR3-1333
CL 7-6-6-15-2T - DDR3-1066

GeForce 8800 GTX
On-Board Ethernet
On-board Audio

WD740 "Raptor" HD
10,000 RPM SATA

Windows XP Pro SP2
NVIDIA Forceware v158.22
DirectX 9.0c

System 2:
Intel Core 2 Duo E6700
(2.66GHz)

Asus P5B Deluxe WiFi Ed.
(Intel P965 Chipset)

2x1024MB Corsair PC-8500
CL 5-5-5-15-2T - DDR2-1066

GeForce 8800 GTX
On-Board Ethernet
On-board Audio

WD740 "Raptor" HD
10,000 RPM SATA


Windows XP Pro SP2
NVIDIA Forceware v158.22
DirectX 9.0c

   
Preliminary Testing with SiSoft SANDRA XI SP2
 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 XI suite (CPU, Memory Bandwidth, and Latency) with the a Core 2 Duo E6700 at 2.66GHz and overclocked with a 333MHz FSB and 9X multiplier at 3GHz.

 

     

In these tests, we learn that Front Side Bus speed really doesn't equate to any advantage in compute throughput.  However, looking at the second set of Whetstone iSSE3 scores, we see the apparent advantages of Intel's new Bearlake chipset and possibly the influence of the new MCH.  At identical settings, with a 1066MHz FSB and a 2.66GHz CPU clock, the P35-based Asus motherboard outpaced the P965-based system by about 3%.


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