Processor: Intel Core i7 Extreme 965 @ 3.2GHz (24x133MHz)
Memory: 3x 2GB DDR3-1600 Corsair Tri Channel (Supplied by Corsair)
Hard Disk: Intel SSD X25-M80GB (Supplied by Intel)
Graphics Card: GIGABYTE 9800GX2 (Supplied by GIGABYTE)
Cooling: Intel Stock Cooler
Operating System: Microsoft Windows Vista x64
Drivers: Intel INF 220.127.116.117, Forceware 175.16
Now we begin testing the platform out. Today we are starting a whole new database of results. We will be comparing the ASUS board to the reference GIGABYTE EX58-UD5 motherboard. Unfortunately, at this stage the GIGABYTE board did not overclock. Hopefully we will see improvements made with the help of a new BIOS. However, we didn't have any overclocking comparisons.
For our stock clock speeds we ran the memory at 1333MHz with the CPU at its default clock speed of 3.2GHz.
Overclocking tests on the ASUS were done with a 17x multiplier along with a BCLK of 200 MHz which increased our memory to 1600MHz. We clocked the QPI back down to help keep the system stable.
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.
First off, it's memory performance. At stock speeds both boards perform identically. It's unlikely we will see any differences in memory performance amongst Core i7 boards because of the on-die nature of the memory controller.
When we push the CPU and board higher on the ASUS, we see memory performance jump quite a bit thanks to the increased bus clocks and higher QPI/DRAM ratio.
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