P55 Motherboard Round-up: Asus, EVGA, GB, Intel, MSI

3DMark06 and Vantage Benchmarks

Futuremark 3DMark Vantage
Simulated Application Performance
The latest version of Futuremark's synthetic 3D gaming benchmark, 3DMark Vantage, is specifically bound to Windows Vista-based systems because it uses some advanced visual technologies that are only available with DirectX 10, which isn't available on previous versions of Windows.  3DMark Vantage isn't simply a port of 3DMark06 to DirectX 10 though.  With this latest version of the benchmark, Futuremark has incorporated two new graphics tests, two new CPU tests, several new feature tests, in addition to support for the latest PC hardware.  We tested the graphics cards here with 3DMark Vantage's Performance preset option, which uses a resolution of 1280x1024.


With a difference of only a couple hundred 3DMarks separating first and last place, our 3DMark Vantage testing proved a fierce battle. Two Gigabyte boards landed in the top three of our 3DMark Vantage testing. The UD6 and MSI's GD65 finished with the top two overall 3DMark Vantage scores, followed closely by the UD4P motherboard. Interestingly enough, Intel's DP55WG landed the highest CPU score of the group at 42693.

Futuremark 3DMark06
Synthetic DirectX Gaming

3DMark06 is a hard-core, forward-looking 3D rending benchmark that pushes a system and its GPUs to the limits. The test includes Shader Model 2.0, Shader Model 3.0, and HDR tests. To push the system, scenes are rendered with very high geometric detail and shader complexity, and with extensive use of lighting and soft shadows. The maximum shader length 3DMark06 supports is 512 instructions. The 3DMark06 Overall Score is a weighted average based on the SM 2.0 and HDR / SM3.0, and CPU scores.


3DMark06 testing reveals a usual suspect occupying the top. Once more, Gigabyte's UD6 motherboard finishes first with scores of 17252 overall and 4456 for the CPU. The Classified 200 from EVGA performed well enough to land in second, while Gigabyte's micro-ATX P55M UD4 accomplished third place.

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