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Intel Joins the Overclockers - Bad Axe 2 Motherboard - Benchmarks - Test System Setup and Sandra

Today we look at Intel's own Bad Axe 2 motherboard based on 975X chipset. Could it be Intel are actually supporting OC?

| Editorials in Motherboards | Posted: Nov 29, 2006 5:00 am

Test System System

 

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)

 

Graphics Card: 2 x MSI Radeon X1950 Pro in Crossfire (Supplied by MSI Australia)

 

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

 

Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP SP2

 

Drivers: Intel INF 8.1.1.1001, ATI Catalyst 6.11 and DX9c

 

Our tests today consist of the P965 motherboard supplied to us by Gigabyte, the 965P-DQ6 and the Intel Bad Axe 2.

 

We wanted to show you the results of the two boards at both stock and overclocked speeds. When overclocked the Intel Bad Axe 2 ran at a FSB of 433MHz with a multiplier of 7x to give us a CPU clock speed of 3031MHz.

 

Our Gigabyte board ran at the same rate to determine if Intel's claim of tweaking the BIOS for greater memory performance does in fact hold up.

 

Let's get this show on the road and see how the Bad Axe 2 can perform.

 

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

 

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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, the Bad Axe 2 and the DQ6 are pretty well matched.

 

However, thanks to Intel's latency reducing technology that the Core 2 and P965 chipsets share, its manages to keep just ahead of the 975X chipset based Bad Axe 2.

 

Overclocked speeds show the same trend giving the more mainstream P965 the leg up.

Intel D975XBXLKR Motherboard

 

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