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Intel P45 Preview - GIGABYTE DS3R + DQ6

By: Cameron Johnson | Socket LGA 775 in Motherboards | Posted: May 23, 2008 4:00 am

Test System Setup


Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 @ 3.16GHz (9.5x333MHz)


Memory: 2x 1GB DDR2-1186 Geil (Supplied by Geil)


Hard Disk: 500GB Seagate 7200.9 (Supplied by Seagate Australia)


Graphics Card: MSI GeForce 8800GTS 640MB (Supplied by MSI)


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


Operating System: Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate SP1


Drivers: Intel INF and Nvidia ForceWare 169.21


Today we are pitting the two GIGABYTE P45 boards against the older but still rather popular P35-DQ6 motherboard. This board doesn't have any DES voltage systems so we didn't test DES here today as we only had a very limited time with the boards.


We will be doing an article testing power savings on a few different P45 based motherboards later on. Also we didn't have enough time to test any overclocking of the board; however we will also come back to this later on. Keep in mind that these two P45 boards are not mass production samples and use engineering sample chips as we got them in early for review.


For our tests, we upgraded to a newer Intel E8500 45nm CPU running at 3.16GHz which is quite a powerful CPU and is easily able to beat out Q6700 running 3GHz.


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Our first test shows the two P45 board identical, which we would expect since they are identical chipsets. Comparing to the P35 we get a better memory bandwidth result thanks to the use of faster memory divider.


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