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Asus P5E3 Premium WiFi-AP@n Review

ccokeman    -   April 24, 2008
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Testing:

Testing of the Asus P5E3 Premium will include both scientific as well as gaming benchmarks to see what kind of performance the motherboard can deliver and how it compares to other motherboards. The OverclockersClub series of benchmarks include both system tests and gaming benchmarks to verify the performance of this product. I will be comparing the performance of the P5E3 against the Gigabyte X48-DQ6, Foxconn MARS and Abit IX38 Quad GT. The tests will compare performance against P35, X38 and X48 chipped DDR2 boards to see if the new tech can outshine the old. Testing will be a direct comparison of our stock speed benchmarking; all clockspeeds and memory timings will be as close as possible to offer a fair comparison on each of the boards. All motherboard and video card settings were left at setup defaults, again to eliminate any variables.

 

Testing Setup:

Comparison Motherboards:

 

Overclocking:

Overclocked settings:

  • Processor: Intel Q6600 470 x 8
  • Sytem Memory: Patriot Viper Fin PC3 14400 705 MHz 7-7-7-18

450 x 8 was a pretty strong start to the overclocking part of this test. By dropping the clock multiplier to 7 and raising the FSB frequency in 5MHz increments, I was able to get into Windows at a speed of 492 x 7 with my Q6600. 500MHz was bootable, but my CPU just would not have any part of it going into Windows at that speed. FSB is nice, and with a DDR3 motherboard there is the ability to run the memory at a 1:2 ratio with just about any CPU out as long as the memory can handle the speed increase. What I wanted to see was just how high the Q6600 would run reliably. After maxing the FSB, the multiplier was increased back to 8 and I started at the 450MHz mark again. 475 x 8 was easy enough to get into Windows, but it just was not stable enough to complete the benchmark suite. I finally settled down to 470 x 8, or 3.76 GHz for the final overclock. At this speed, I easily completed the whole benchmark suite as well as continuing to run the F@H SMP client without a failure. Just in case you go a bit too far, the recovery from a failed overclock is just a shutdown away. Not once in the testing of the P5E3 did I need to hit the clear CMOS jumper for a fresh start. What was surprising was that the voltages required were less than what was needed on the P35 and X38 based motherboards I have tested. Less voltage means less heat and increased longevity of the parts that are installed. A win all the way around.

 

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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