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Gigabyte GA-P31-DS3L Review

ccokeman    -   November 8, 2007
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Testing:

Here at OverclockersClub.com, we have put together a series of benchmarks to show real world performance, as well as gaming performance on the items we are reviewing. Without another Intel P31 chipset board for comparison, I will use several boards that feature the more highly touted Intel P35 chiset for my comparison. The GA-P31-DS3L will be compared to several boards that are in what I would call the budget class. Does this board belong with them? Let's find out. All clock speeds and memory timings will be the same on each of the boards to eliminate any variables. All video card settings were left at setup defaults, also to eliminate any variables.

 

Testing Setup:

  • CPU stock: Intel E6750 Core 2 Duo 333x8
  • CPU overclocked: Intel E6750 Core 2 Duo
  • Motherboard:Gigabyte GA-P31-DS3L
  • Memory: 2 x 1GB Mushkin XP9200 400FSB 5-4-4-12
  • Video Card(s): Evga 8800 GTS 640MB
  • Power Supply: Ultra X3 Modular Power supply
  • Hard Drive:2 x WD 250GB 16MB cache SATA
  • Opticals: BenQ DW-1655 Lightscribe DVD-R, Sony DVD-ROM
  • O/S: Windows XP Service Pack 2

Comparison System:

  • CPU: Intel E6750 Core 2 Duo 333x10
  • Motherboard #2: ECS P35T-A
  • Motherboard #3: Abit IP35- E
  • 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: BenQ DW-1655 Lightscribe DVD-R, Sony DVD-ROM, Plextor 755a
  • 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 10
  • 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.

 

 

 

 

The results for Apophysis are within a tenth of a second, so there is no clear winner here. The CPU at stock speeds is going to give repeatable results across platforms.




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