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ASUS M3N-HT 780a SLi Review

ajmatson    -   May 6, 2008


Testing:

To test the ASUS M3N-HT motherboard, I am going to run a series of scientific and video game benchmarks. These benchmarks are designed to stress and test the performance of the motherboard and other components to gauge their performance and the connections between them. To see the overall performance of the ASUS M3N-HT, I will be running the tests once with the onboard video only, once with just an 8800GT running, and once with two 8800GTs in a Dual SLi configuration. Then I am then going to compare the ASUS M3N-HT to two other motherboards that use the AMD processor. One will be another well known board from ASUS, the AMD 790FX version of the Mempipe designed motherboard, the ASUS M3A32-MVP, and the other is the Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-SH2, which is comprised of the latest AMD 780G chipset. To keep any variables to a minimum, all other components will be run at stock speeds, voltages and timings. This will keep any outside variances from affecting the scores. I just want to mention that to use HybridPower features you have to pair the motherboard with a 9800GTX or 9800GX2 and for the GeForce boost with an 8400GS or 8500GT. Due to these cards not being available to us at the time of this review we will be releasing a separate review on the Hybrid power and Hybrid SLI capabilities in the near future.

 

Testing Setup:

 

Comparison Motherboard:

 

 

 

Overclocking:

Overclocked settings:

Just like with the Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-SH2, the Quad Core Phenom does not like anything higher than 200MHz on the bus speed. So to overclock the CPU for this board, I had to increase the multiplier to 13.5x and increase the voltage to 1.4v to keep it stable. This was the maximum overclock that I could get while maintaining stability. AMD processors are not as overclockable as their Intel counterparts, which is a shame because I think that this board could go a lot further with a perfect chip.

 

Benchmarks:

  • Scientific & Data:
  1. Apophysis
  2. WinRAR
  3. SpecviewPerf 10
  4. PCMark Vantage Professional
  5. Sandra XII
  6. ScienceMark 2.02 Final
  7. Cinebench 10
  8. HD Tune 2.54
  • Video:
  1. Crysis
  2. Knights of the Sea
  3. Bioshock
  4. Call of Duty 4
  5. World in Conflict
  6. Call of Juarez
  7. 3DMark 06 Professional

 




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