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Asus P6T Deluxe OC Edition Review

ccokeman    -   November 26, 2008
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Testing:

To see just what kind of performance the Asus P6T Deluxe OC Palm Edition is capable of I will run it through the OverclockersClub benchmarking suite. This contains synthetic and gaming benchmarks to show how it performs. I will compare the P6T against the Intel DX58SO and our current testing platform with an Intel QX9770 instead of the usual Q9450 you are used to seeing. This will give a comparison against a current platform as well as the last generation's best processor on a high performing X48 based motherboard. All of the stock testing is run with the factory default settings in the BIOS, save for manually setting the memory clock speeds, voltage and processor voltage. On the X58 boards Turbo mode has been disabled to eliminate any variables due to changing clock speeds during single and multi threaded benchmarks. SMT was enabled during testing as well. To overclock the P6T I will push the limits and try to show results that should be easily duplicated based on the capabilities of your CPU and system memory.

 

Testing Setup I7:

 

Testing Setup Core2:

 

Comparison Motherboards:

 

Overclocking:

Overclocked settings:

  • Processor: Intel Core I7 965 203x19 1.4125 volts
  • Sytem Memory: Qimonda 3x1GB 9-8-8-22 811MHz 1.64volts

The Core I7 965 processor used in this review has pushed a maximum frequency of 3.97GHz but truthfully it was too hot for day to day stability at the voltage required. As seen in the Core I7 review it was fully capable of passing the entire OverclockersClub benchmark suite. On the Smackover board I was able to push a maximum baseclock frequency of 150MHz, so ultimately I had to overclock via the multiplier to reach the maximum clock speed of 3.97GHz at 1.425 volts. On the P6T I took a different path to reach the maximum frequency of 3.87GHz. To start, I pushed the baseclock frequency up until the system would not boot, then adjusted the vCore and QPI/DRAM voltage up in small increments until I would reach the next plateau and then repeated the voltage adjustments. With this method I was able to boot all the way up to a baseclock of 210MHz. On the way to a 200+ baseclock frequency I had to keep the maximum clock speed at the level my CPU would work at. By keeping the memory voltage below the level specified by Intel I was able to get the memory up to 811MHz at 9-8-8-22. This is all without playing with the skew settings so these results should be able to be duplicated fairly easily without the really in depth tweaking that is allowable in this BIOS. One thing to note is that the 0904 BIOS offered is by far the best overclocking of the many BIOSes I had available throughout the testing. The one thing that will hold you back is your comfort level when it comes to the thermal loads a cooling system has to dissipate. At the maximum clock speed and voltages I ran Prime 95 version 25.7 to check for stability and It was not uncommon to see 80+ degrees Celsius with the Thermalright TRUE. Heck, at stock voltages, under load 60+ Celsius was not out of the scope of reality. As with any overclocking your mileage may vary based on the individual components in your system. With the increase in clock speed came a pretty healthy increase in performance during the system benchmarks whereas the gaming only offered small gains. The end result for me is 3.87GHz at 203x19 for 24/7 operation.

 

 

Benchmarks:

  • Scientific & Data:
  1. Apophysis
  2. WinRAR
  3. SpecviewPerf 10
  4. PCMark Vantage Professional
  5. Sandra XII
  6. ScienceMark 2.02
  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. Far Cry 2
  7. Company of Heros-Opposing Fronts
  8. 3DMark 06 Professional
  9. 3DMark Vantage

 




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