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ABIT AW9D-MAX Motherboard - Core 2's new Best Friend? (Page 6)

By Cameron Johnson from Oct 3, 2006 @ 23:00 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 9.5%Manufacturer: Universal ABIT

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: nVidia GeForce 7800GT

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

Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2

Drivers: Intel INF 8.1.1.1002, nVidia ForceWare 91.31 and DX9c

This time around we are comparing the ABIT AW9D-MAX against the DFI 975 and MSI 975 boards (which we reviewed here earlier) at both stock and maximum overclocked FSB speeds.

We used an 8x multiplier on the ABIT motherboard like we did on the MSI and DFI boards and the memory ratio was set at 1:1 for each motherboard. This means the ABIT board is running with the CPU at 3264MHz (408MHz FSB x 8), DFI with the CPU at 3024MHz (378MHz FSB x 8) and MSI with the CPU at 2896MHz (362MHz FSB x 8).

SiSoft Sandra

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

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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 all boards are tied up but when overclocking, ABIT's higher FSB manages to score some extra bandwidth points.

Abit AW8D Motherboard

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