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 (Supplied by Seagate)
Graphics Card: MSI Radeon 1950Pro (Supplied by MSI)
Cooling: Gigabyte Neon775 (Supplied by Gigabyte)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP SP2
Drivers: Intel INF 220.127.116.111, AMD Catalyst 6.12 and DX9c
Now it's down to what we all love, the results of the stress tests we put the boards through.
As always, we tested the boards at stock speeds to get a baseline of what the board is capable of. Some boards perform well here and some are real shockers. Then its onto the overclocking, we used the highest FSB that the board was able to obtain with memory running at a ratio of 1:1 and with the CPU as close to its stock speed to see if the overclocking of the FSB is worth the efforts.
Since we are trying to find an Intel P965 king, we compared the biggest guns from ASUS and Gigabyte, minus maybe the Commando from ASUS which we haven't had a chance to test as yet. Both boards ran a multiplier of 7x when running overclocking tests giving us 3409MHz (7 x 487MHz FSB) for the Gigabyte DQ6 and 3276MHz (7 x 468MHz FSB) for our ASUS P5B-E Plus.
Let's find out how they compare against each other!
Version and / or Patch Used: 2007
Developer Homepage: http://www.sisoftware.co.uk
Product Homepage: http://sisoftware.jaggedonline.com/index.php?location=home&a=TTA&lang=en
SiSoft Sandra (System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) is a synthetic Windows benchmark that features different tests used to evaluate different PC subsystems.
At stock speeds both boards are dead even, no differences recorded. It is only when the bus speeds and memory clocks go up that we see ASUS fall behind Gigabyte.
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