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ECS P45T-A Review



Today I will be putting the ECS P45T-A through its paces by using a series of scientific test and video benchmarks. This will stress the P45T-A to see how well it performs under load. Then, I will be comparing it to two other well known boards based on two competing and current chipsets - the P43+ and the X48 - to see how well it stands up to the competition. During the testing, all components will be operating at their stock speeds, voltages, and timings to keep any variables from interfering with the scores.



Comparison Motherboards:



Overclocked settings:

  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad 9450 367x8 / 2.935GHz
  • System Memory: Mushkin Redline XP2 8000 2 x 2 GB 5-5-5-18

Man, overclocking this board was a nightmare. Nothing wanted to work, and I was blue screening constantly no matter what settings I tried. Finally, I maxed the vCore, and from 333MHz, I went up one MHz at a time until I could no longer get a stable boot, and then backed it down to the last good frequency. After hours of messing with this board, I finally was able to boot and complete all of the benchmarks while overclocked. The maximum I could get was a 34MHz bump, which was the most mediocre overclock I have ever had. No matter what I did, the ECS P45T-A would not budge any more from that. So, after all that time, my overclocking scores will be run at 367x8 with vCore at 1.47v.



  • 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


  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Motherboard)
  3. Closer Look (The Bios)
  4. Closer Look (Drivers & Programs)
  5. Specifications & Features
  6. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  7. Testing: Apophysis, WinRAR
  8. Testing: SPECviewperf 10, 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. Conclusion
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