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: 2 x MSI Radeon X1950 Pro in Crossfire (Supplied by MSI)
Cooling: Gigabyte Neon775 (Supplied by Gigabyte)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2
Drivers: Intel INF 220.127.116.111, ATI Catalyst 7.1 and DX9c
This time around we've pitted the ABIT QuadGT against the very impressive Gigabyte P965 DQ6, which ABIT's motherboard is aimed at taking on due to the twin graphics card setup. As a result, we've completed all our tests using a couple Radeon X1950 Pro's from MSI in Crossfire mode.
Stock speeds were included as well as overclocked. For the ABIT AB9 QuadGT we used a multiplier of 6x and FSB of 496MHz for a maximum CPU clock speed of 2976MHz. Our Gigabyte board managed to use 6x and a FSB of 503MHz for a maximum CPU clock speed of 3018MHz.
Going into our benchmarks the DQ6 has the slight clock speed advantage but what will that mean if ABIT has discovered some extra BIOS settings and tweaked it out to the max?
Let's find out, shall we?
EVEREST Ultimate Edition
Version and / or Patch Used: 2006
Developer Homepage: http://www.lavalys.com
Product Homepage: http://www.lavalys.com
EVEREST Ultimate Edition is an industry leading system diagnostics and benchmarking solution for enthusiasts PC users, based on the award-winning EVEREST Technology. During system optimizations and tweaking it provides essential system and overclock information, advanced hardware monitoring and diagnostics capabilities to check the effects of the applied settings. CPU, FPU and memory benchmarks are available to measure the actual system performance and compare it to previous states or other systems.
ABIT has tweaked their memory controller to put it ahead at stock and even when overclocked.