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How we configured our test systems: When configuring our test systems for this article, 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 either DDR2-1066 with 5-5-5-15 timings or DDR3-1333 with 7-7-7-18 timings. 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 1024MB 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

AMD & Intel Inside!

System 1:
Core 2 Duo E6750
(2.66GHz - Dual-Core)

Asus P5E3 Deluxe
(X38 Chipset)

2x1GB Cosair DDR3-1800
CL 7-7-7-18 @ DDR3-1333

Gigabyte X38-DQ6
(X38 Chipset)

2x1GB Cosair DDR2-1066
CL 5-5-5-15 @ DDR2-1066

GeForce 8800 GTX
On-Board Ethernet
On-board Audio

WD740 "Raptor" HD
10,000 RPM SATA

Windows XP Pro SP2
Intel INF 8.0.3.1013
NVIDIA Forceware v158.22
DirectX 9.0c (June 2007)

System 2:
Core 2 Duo E6750
(2.66GHz - Dual-Core)

Asus Blitz Extreme
(P35 Chipset)

2x1GB Super Talent DDR3-1600
CL 7-7-7-18 @ DDR3-1333

GeForce 8800 GTX
On-Board Ethernet
On-board Audio

WD740 "Raptor" HD
10,000 RPM SATA

Windows XP Pro SP2
Intel INF 8.0.3.1013
NVIDIA Forceware v158.22
DirectX 9.0c (June 2007)

System 3:
Core 2 Duo E6750
(2.66GHz - Dual-Core)

Asus Blitz Formula
(P35 Chipset)

2x1GB Corsair PC-6400
CL 4-4-4-12 - DDR2-800

GeForce 8800 GTX
On-Board Ethernet
On-board Audio

WD740 "Raptor" HD
10,000 RPM SATA

Windows XP Pro SP2
Intel INF 8.0.3.1013
NVIDIA Forceware v158.22
DirectX 9.0c (June 2007)

 

Preliminary Testing with SiSoft SANDRA XII

Synthetic Benchmarks

 
We began our testing
with SiSoftware's SANDRA XI, the System ANalyzer, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant. We ran four of the built-in subsystem tests that partially comprise the SANDRA XII suite with a Core 2 Duo E6750 installed in the X38 motherboards ( CPU Arithmetic, Multimedia, Memory bandwidth, and Memory Latency) .  All of the scores reported below were taken with the processor running at its default clock speed of 2.66GHz.

 
Asus P5E3 Deluxe
CPU @ 2.6GHz
CPU Arithmetic

 
Asus P5E3 Deluxe
CPU @ 2.6GHz

MultiMedia

 
Asus P5E3 Deluxe
Memory @ DDR3-1333

Memory Bandwidth

 
Asus P5E3 Deluxe
Memory @ DDR3-1333

Memory Latency

 

 

 

 

Unfortunately, we don't have any SANDRA scores from the DDR2-equipped Gigabyte X38-DQ6 at the moment due to the failure we mentioned on the previous page.  We did complete the rest of our benchmark suite with the board, however.

In the four SANDRA benchmarks we compelted with the Asus P5E3 Deluxe, the board performed about as well as we had expected based on our experience with similar P35-based motherboards.  The CPU Arithmetic and Multimedia benchmarks were in-line with other results we've obtained with an E6750 processor.  The memory bandwidth and latency scores were just a touch higher than the P35 though.  In the bandwidth test we broke the 7.1GB/s mark and the latency test reported a random access memory latency of 71ns with a speed factor of 62.50.

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