Asus P5Q3 ReviewRA1D -
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To test this motherboard, I threw on a QX9770 processor, Corsair Dominator DDR3 memory, and a Sapphire 4850 videocard. The CPU multiplier was set to 8 to match the Q9450's locked setting and the memory was run at 1333MHz. In order to stress the sytem's components, the testing suite consists of a series of scientific and gaming benchmarks ran at different resolutions. Results are posted along with the scores from other motherboards using the similarly clocked components. All benchmarks were run at both stock and overclocked settings.
- Processor: Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9770 (333 x 8)
- Motherboard: Asus P5Q3
- Memory: Corsair Dominator DDR3-1800 2 x 1GB @ 1333MHz 6-6-5-16 2T
- Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 w/ Catalyst 8.11
- Power Supply: Mushkin 800w Modular Power Supply
- Hard Drive: Seagate 7200.11 1TB SATA 32MB Cache
- Optical Drive: Asus BC-1205PT BD Combo Drive
- OS: Windows Vista 32-bit SP1
The comparison boards used in this review are the P5Q Pro and Gigabyte's X48-DQ6 motherboards. I was interested in seeing how the P5Q3 fared against its DDR2 cousin, the P5Q Pro, as they are almost identical. Also, it would be nice to find out how well it performed against a higher end board like the DQ6.
- Processor: Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9770 (450 x 8)
- Memory: Corsair Dominator DDR3-1800 2 x 1GB @ 1350MHz 6-6-5-16 2T
Overclocking the P5Q3 could not be any easier. I raised the memory voltage to 1.7V and left all other voltages on AUTO. Raising the front side bus speed in 10MHz steps landed me at a stable 450, which is the same speed I was able to reach with the P5Q Pro. Memory was set to 1350MHz @ 6-6-5-16 2T. As mentioned earlier, there is no Command Rate setting so it defaulted to 2T. I attempted to reach a higher overclock by manually entering voltages but found that leaving them in AUTO yielded similar results. Dual core overclocking should be just as painless.