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Asus P5Q Pro Review

RA1D    -   November 23, 2008
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Testing:

For this review, I tested the motherboard with a QX9770 processor, Mushkin Redline memory, and a Sapphire 4850. The CPU multiplier was set to 8 in order to match the Q9450's locked setting. The testing suite consists of a series of scientific and gaming benchmarks that stress the board and other components. The results are posted along with the scores from other motherboards using the same components. The benchmarks were run at both stock and overclocked settings.  

Testing Setup: 

Comparison Motherboards:

Overclocking:

Settings:

In order to overclock the system, I raised front side bus speed while keeping the CPU Ratio at 8. Memory was set to DDR2-1080 and timings were manually set to 5-5-5-12. CPU voltage was set to 1.6V, CPU PLL = 1.6V, FSB Termination Voltage = 1.3V, DRAM Voltage = 2.0V, and NB Voltage = 1.4V. All other settings were left in AUTO. Through trial and error, the board was able to reach a stable 450 FSB with the quad core processor which resulted in a 3.6GHz overclock. If you plan on using a dual core, the P5Q Pro should be able to hit even higher front side bus speeds. 

 

Benchmarks:

  • Scientific & Data:
  1. Apophysis
  2. WinRAR
  3. SPECviewperf 10
  4. PCMark Vantage Professional
  5. SiSoft Sandra XII
  6. ScienceMark 2.02 Final
  7. CineBench 10
  8. HD Tune 2.55
  • Video:
  1. Crysis
  2. Knights of the Sea
  3. BioShock
  4. Call of Duty 4
  5. World in Conflict
  6. Call of Juarez
  7. Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts
  8. 3DMark 06 Professional
  9. 3DMark Vantage

 




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look: Motherboard
  3. Closer Look: BIOS
  4. Configuration: Drivers
  5. Specifications & Features
  6. Testing: Set Up & Overclock
  7. Testing: Apophysis and WinRAR
  8. Testing: Specview 10 and PCMark Vantage
  9. Testing: Sandra XII Professional
  10. Testing: Sciencemark, Cinebench 10 & HD Tune
  11. Testing: Crysis
  12. Testing: Knights of the Sea
  13. Testing: Bioshock
  14. Testing: Call of Duty 4
  15. Testing: World in Conflict
  16. Testing: Call of Juarez
  17. Testing: Company of Heroes - Opposing Fronts
  18. Testing: 3DMark06
  19. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  20. Conclusion
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