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ASUS P5K Premium Motherboard Review

ccokeman    -   October 15, 2007
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Testing:

I will be running the "Black Pearl Edition" P5K 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 several other manufacturer's performance offerings to see how well the "Black Pearl" does. During 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:

  • CPU stock: Intel E6750 Core 2 Duo 333x8
  • CPU overclocked: Intel E6750 Core 2 Duo 500x8
  • Motherboard: Asus P5K Premium " Black Pearl edition"
  • Memory: 2 x 1GB Mushkin XP9200 400FSB 5-4-4-12
  • Memory Overclocked: 2 x 1GB Mushkin XP9200 600FSB 5-4-4-12
  • Video Card(s): Evga 8800 GTS 640MB
  • Power Supply: Ultra X3 1000w Modular Power supply
  • Hard Drive:2 x WD 250GB 16MB cache SATA
  • Opticals: NEC DV5700
  • O/S: Windows XP Service Pack 2

Comparison System:

  • CPU: Intel E6750 Core 2 Duo 333x8
  • Motherboard #2: Abit IP35Pro
  • Motherboard#3:ECS P35TA
  • Memory: 2 x 1GB Mushkin XP9200 400FSB 5-4-4-12
  • Video Card(s): Evga 8800 GTS 640MB
  • Power Supply: Mushkin 650watt Modular power supply
  • Hard Drive:  2 x WD 250GB 16MB cache SATA
  • Opticals: Sony DVD-ROM
  • O/S : Windows XP Service Pack 2

 

The system tests we will be using are listed below:

  • Apophysis 2.2
  • PcMark 05 Professional
  • Sisoft Sandra XI
  • Sciencemark
  • Cinebench 9.5
  • HD Tach 3.1
  • SpecViewperf 9.0
  • WinRAR

Lets get started with Apophysis. This program is used primarily to render and generate fractal flame images. We will run this benchmark with the following settings:

  • Resolution: 2750x2048
  • Quality: 500
  • Limit Memory use: 512MB

The measurement used is time to render, in minutes, to complete.

 

Lower is Better

 

WinRAR is a tool to archive and compress large files to a manageable size. We will use 10MB, 100MB and 500MB files and test the time needed to compress these files. Time will be measured in seconds.

 

 

 

 

At stock speeds, the Asus offering performed as well as the ECS and Abit offerings in Apophysis. In the Winrar testing, the the "Black Pearl" cleaned house easily out-performing the other offerings.




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Motherboard )
  3. Closer Look ( Bundeled Accessories)
  4. Installation
  5. Closer Look (The Bios)
  6. Closer Look (The Bios continued)
  7. Configuration ( Drivers, Wi-Fi Solo )
  8. Specifications & Features
  9. Testing: Setup, Apophysis, WinRar
  10. Testing: Specview
  11. Testing: PcMark 05 Professional
  12. Testing: Sandra XII Professional
  13. Testing: Sciencemark, Cinebench, HDTune
  14. Testing: FarCry
  15. Testing: F.E.A.R.
  16. Testing:BioShock
  17. Testing: Call of Duty II
  18. Testing: Quake 4
  19. Testing: Need for Speed Most Wanted
  20. Testing: 3Dmark06 Professional
  21. Testing: RyderMark
  22. Extras
  23. Conclusion:
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