Testbed and Methods
For our tests we assembled the following platform:
- abit AW9D-MAX and Gigabyte GA-965P-S3 mainboards;
- Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 CPU (1.86GHz, Allendale core, B2);
- 2x1024MB Corsair TWIN2X2048-6400C4 memory;
- Chaintech GeForce 7900 GT graphics card;
- Western Digital Raptor WD740GD HDD;
- Corsair Nautilus500 cooling system;
- Sunbeamtech Nuuo SUNNU550-EUAP (550W) PSU;
- WinXP SP2 OS.
The system built around abit AW9D-MAX mainboard was overclocked to 429MHz FSB, i.e. the Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 CPU worked at 3.0GHz and the memory at 858MHz with 4-4-4-12 timings settings. In case of Gigabyte GA-965P-S3 mainboard the CPU was overclocked to 3.43GHz and the memory ran at 980MHz with 4-4-4-12 settings.
Each benchmark was performed at least three times, the outstanding results were given up and the remaining results were then averaged.
The benchmarks from synthetic Futuremark suite were run with default settings:
As you can see, the results can be split in two groups: the first one (3DMark05 and 06) shows almost no difference between the systems, because the performance is limited by the graphics card, while the second one (3DMark06 CPU Test and PCMark06) shows better results on Gigabyte GA-965P-S3 mainboard, because it allowed more efficient CPU overclocking. The results in other applications differ almost the same way.