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ASUS M3N78 Pro Review

ajmatson    -   July 27, 2008
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Testing:

So are you as excited as I am to see how the ASUS M3N78 Pro performs? I am curious to see how much of an improvement the GeForce 8300 chipset is over the GeForce 8200. Will the slightly higher clocks make much of a difference? I am going to put the M3N78 Pro through a series of scientific and video benchmarks to gauge how well it performs. Then I am going to place it head to head against a GeForce 8200 based motherboard to see how the change in chipsets fares on an overall performance level. To prevent anything from affecting the scores, all hardware will be run at stock speeds, timings and voltages.

 

 

Comparison Motherboard:

  

 

Overclocking:

Overclocked settings:

Overclocking this board took a lot of trial and error, but I finally managed to get it stable and good to go. The CPU core voltage maxes out at 1.30v on this board, so you are limited in how far you can push it. Also it did not like a multiplier greater than 14x, after that the computer would not even boot. I also had to put the HyperTransport multiplier to 10x to have the link remain stable. Since I could not modify the memory settings, which had a default 1:2 divider, they had a mind of their own. After all of the bumping and resetting of the CMOS I finally got to 2.950GHz stable, and no problems while running the benchmarks. So with that, the overclocked tests will be run at 2.950GHz on the Phenom X4 9850.

 

 

Benchmarks:

  • Scientific & Data:
  1. Apophysis
  2. WinRAR
  3. SPECviewperf 10
  4. PCMark Vantage Professional
  5. 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



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