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Intel P965 Shootout Part 2 - Gigabyte, ABIT and Biostar

By: Cameron Johnson | Socket LGA 775 in Motherboards | Posted: Nov 27, 2006 5:00 am

Test System Setup

 

Processor: Intel Core 2 Extreme X6800 (Supplied by Intel)

 

Memory: 2x 1GB DDR2-1066 Corsair (Supplied by Corsair)

 

Hard Disk: 500GB Seagate 7200.9 SATA (Supplied by Seagate Australia)

 

Graphics Card: nVidia GeForce 7800GT

 

Cooling: Gigabyte 3D Galaxy II (Supplied by Gigabyte)

 

Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP SP2

 

Drivers: Intel INF 8.1.1.1001, nVidia ForceWare 91.31 and DX9c

 

We included the results from our Part 1 review for your reference. We kept the CPU's as close to our stock speed to test out how well the memory and FSB overclocks affect system performance overall.

 

The Gigabyte DS3 ran a multiplier of 7x when overclocked as did the ABIT, Biostar boards. The DQ6 ran a multiplier of 6x when overclocked since the obtainable FSB was much higher than all of the other boards in Part 1 and Part 2.

 

Important Editor Note: Our maximum overclocking result is the best result we managed in our limited time testing the motherboard. Due to time constraints we don't have enough time to tweak the motherboard to the maximum and find the highest possible FSB as this could take days to properly find. We do however spend at least a few hours overclocking every motherboard to try and find the highest possible overclock in that time frame. You may or may not be able to overclock higher if you spend more time tweaking or as new BIOS updates are released or "burn in" time might come into play if you believe in that.

 

SiSoft Sandra

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 2007

 

Developer Homepage: http://www.sisoftware.co.uk

 

Product Homepage: http://sisoftware.jaggedonline.com/index.php?location=home&a=TTA&lang=en

 

Buy It Here

 

 

SiSoft Sandra (System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) is a synthetic Windows benchmark that features different tests used to evaluate different PC subsystems.

 

 

At stock speeds all of the boards are pretty close, with Gigabyte DQ6 just a tiny bit in front. When overclocking starts, the Gigabyte DQ6 manages to take a convincing lead with an extremely high FSB.

Gigabyte GA-965P-S3 Motherboard

 

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