Intel P965 Showdown - Abit vs. 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 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:
Intel Core 2 Duo E6400
(2.13GHz)

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 4 Drivers v6.86
NVIDIA Forceware v91.27
DirectX 9.0c

 

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

Abit AB9 Pro
(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 4 Drivers v6.86
NVIDIA Forceware v91.27
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 Gigabyte GA-965P-DQ6, Abit AB9 Pro 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.


GA-965-DQ6 CPU
Core 2 Duo E6400
2.13GHz


GA-965-DQ6 MM
Core 2 Duo E6400
2.13GHz


GA-965-DQ6 Memory
Core 2 Duo E6400
2.13GHz / DDR2-800



AB9 Pro CPU
Core 2 Duo E6400
2.13GHz



AB9 Pro MM
Core 2 Duo E6400
2.13GHz



AB9 Pro Memory
Core 2 Duo E6400
2.13GHz / DDR2-800

For all three tests, the AB9 Pro managed to outpace the DQ6, although the difference is negligible. The AB9 pro manages to pull ahead by 2% on the memory and multimedia tests but the two boards post nearly identical scores in the CPU arithmetic test.

Tags:  Intel, Gigabyte, WD, DOW, Show, Abit, SHO

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