Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 8500 @ 3.6GHz (9.5x333MHz)
Memory: 2x 1GB DDR2-1186 Geil (Supplied by Geil)
Hard Disk: 500GB Western Digital Caviar16 (Supplied by Western Digital)
Graphics Card: MSI GeForce 8800GTS 640MB (Supplied by MSI)
Cooling: GIGABYTE 3D Galaxy II (Supplied by GIGABYTE)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows Vista SP1
Drivers: Intel INF 126.96.36.1999, Forceware 169.21
Today we have the ASUS Rampage Formula up against the Maximus Extreme and X38-DQ6 motherboards. The X38-DQ6 supports DDR2 while the Maximus Extreme uses DDR3 memory.
For our stock tests we set the memory to its highest supported speed; this was 800MHz for our DDR2 X38-DQ6 and Rampage Formula, while the Maximus Extreme ran with 1333MHz DDR3 speeds.
For our overclocking tests we ran the memory at 1:1 to try and keep the memory from being the clock bottleneck as much as possible. All boards used a 6x multiplier to also eliminate the CPU as the bottleneck.
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.
Compared to the DDR3 setup, the Rampage Formula falls a bit behind due to there being less system bandwidth. But this isn't by a huge amount. When overclocking the DDR3 board managed to get a decent lead thanks to a better overall FSB.