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Asus P5K3 Premium Black Pearl Edition Review



I will be running the "Black Pearl Edition" P5K3 Premium through our benchmarking suite to see what kind of performance the motherboard delivers. 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 Asus offering against another of Asus' performance offerings to see how well the "Black Pearl" compares. Testing will be a direct comparison of our stock speed benchmarking; all clock speeds and memory timings will be the same on each of the boards to eliminate any variables. All motherboard and video card settings were left at setup defaults, again to eliminate any variables.


Testing Setup:

  • Processor: Intel Q6600 Core 2 Quad 266x9
  • Motherboard: Asus P5K3 Premium WiFi ap " Black Pearl edition"
  • Memory: 2 x 1GB on board DDR3 1333 at 800 5-5-5-15 1t
  • Video Card(s): PNY 8800 GTS 640MB
  • Power Supply: Mushkin 650watt  Modular Power supply
  • Hard Drive:1 x Seagate 320GB  SATA
  • Opticals: NEC DV5700
  • O/S: Windows Vista Ultimate Edition

Comparison System:

  • Processor: Intel Q6600  Core 2 Quad 266x9
  • Motherboard: Asus Maximus Formula SE
  • Memory: 2 x 1GB Super Talent Pc 6400 at 400FSB 5-5-5-15
  • Video Card(s): PNY  8800 GTS 640MB
  • Power Supply: Thermaltake toughpower 1000 watt Modular power supply
  • Hard Drive:  1 x Seagate 320GB  SATA
  • Opticals: LG  DVD-ROM
  • O/S : Windows Vista Ultimate edition



Overclocked settings:

  • Processor: Intel Q6600 400x9
  • Sytem Memory: Onboard DDR1333 at 1800 9-7-7-20

In OverclockersClub's review of the P5K Premium "Black Pearl Edition" performance was found to be even across the board in comparison to to the other boards tested. Where it did shine was in the overclocking tests. Will the P5K3 Premium match up performance wise?

Overclocking Quad core processors has met with mixed reviews. Many of the early limitations have been worked on and are no longer an issue. With that said, the highest FSB that was achievable with my particular CPU was 440FSB on the P5K3 Premium. Working to find the highest stable overclock for both the memory and CPU was fairly simple. 400x9 on the CPU and 800MHz on the memory were the two points where the performance maxed out. At this point I was able to complete seventeen hours of Prime 95 without failing. If it's stable that long, it is stable enough for day-to-day use.


DDR3, at this time, runs with latencies that are loose when compared to DDR2. Memory timings at 800MHz were 9-7-7-20. At 400MHz, the onboard memory was good for timings of 5-5-5-15 1T. To get the highest speed out of the memory, 2t was required to get to 800MHz.


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