Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad QX6700 @ 3GHz (9x333MHz)
Memory: 2x 1GB DDR3-1600XMP OCZ (Supplied by Geil)
Hard Disk: 500GB Seagate 7200.9 (Supplied by Seagate Australia)
Graphics Card: MSI GeForce 8800GTS 640MB (Supplied by MSI)
Cooling: GIGABYTE Neon3D Galaxy II (Supplied by GIGABYTE)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP SP2
Drivers: Intel INF 184.108.40.2069, Forceware 163.21
Once again our test system remains the same as the MSI X48 Platinum and ASUS P5E3 Premium Motherboard reviews, which we have included results into this review for comparison. Since these boards are in direct competition, it's worth having all three go up against each other.
At stock specs the boards ran with a FSB of 333MHz and a memory ratio to give DDR3-1333MHz. Our overclocking tests are pushed to the limits with regards to the FSB. Memory is always set to run 1:1 in overclocked mode. Our ASUS board ran with a 562 MHz FSB and our GIGABYTE X48T-DQ6 ran with a 569MHz FSB. The MSI X48 Platinum was set to an FSB of 558MHz. All boards were using 6x multipliers.
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.
In memory performance we see Everest gives the GIGABYTE a slight lead at both stock and overclocked speeds. This could be due to the fact the FSB at 333MHz was actually 335MHz on the GIGABYTE, but it's still stable as a rock.