Intel P35 Express Comparison: ASUS & Gigabyte

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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 DDR3-1066 at 7,7,7,20 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

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850

ASUS P5K3 Deluxe (Intel P35 Express)

Gigabyte GA-P35T-DQ6 (Intel P35 Express)

2x1024MB Kingston HyperX KHX11000
CL 7-7-7-20-1T - DDR3-1375

GeForce 8800 GTX
On-Board Ethernet
On-board Audio

WD740 "Raptor" HD
10,000 RPM SATA

Windows XP Pro SP2
Intel INF
NVIDIA Forceware v162.18
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 ASUS P5K3 Deluxe, Gigabyte GA-P35T-DQ6 and our Core 2 Duo E6850 processor. All of the scores reported below were taken with the processor running at its default clock speed of 3.00GHz.

P5K3 Deluxe CPU
Core 2 Duo E6850

P5K3 Deluxe MM
Core 2 Duo E6850

P5K3 Deluxe Memory
Core 2 Duo E6850
3.00GHz / DDR3-1066

Core 2 Duo E6850

Core 2 Duo E6850

GA-P35T-DQ6 Memory
Core 2 Duo E6850
3.00GHz / DDR3-1066

The ASUS P5K3 Deluxe takes an early lead, beating the Gigabyte GA-P35T-DQ6 in both the SANDRA processor arithmetic test and the processor multimedia test. However, the P35T-DQ6 wins the memory bandwidth test. This is a good start for the P5K3 Deluxe. Could this be the start of a trend?

Tags:  Intel, Asus, Gigabyte, Pre, XP, son, express, AR, COM

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