As for the performance of the ECS P35T-A mainboard, there is not much to say here. Any mainboard that is more or less overclocking friendly will outperform Elitegroup, so ECS P35T-A need to work fine at default speeds to score well. Therefore, we decided to check out its performance in nominal mode, because far not all the computer users overclock their systems. So, we will compare the performance of ECS P35T-A mainboard against that of a “reference” Asus P5K Deluxe.
However, when we got to setting ECS P35T-A mainboard for our tests we realized that even in nominal mode we can hardly expect this platform to run fast. This mainboard supports very limited set of FSB:Mem dividers, so there is no way to clock the memory as DDR2-1067. That is why if Asus P5K Deluxe worked fine with DDR2-1067 memory with 5-5-5-15 timings, ECS P35T-A mainboard could only run with DDR2-800 SDRAM with 4-4-4-12 settings.
Our test platforms were configured as follows:
- CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 (LGA775, 2.66GHz, 1333MHz FSB, 4MB L2, Conroe).
- ASUS P5K Deluxe (LGA775, Intel P35, DDR2 SDRAM);
- ECS P35T-A (LGA775, Intel P35, DDR2 SDRAM).
- Memory: Corsair Dominator TWIN2X2048-10000C5D, working as DDR2-1066 5-5-5-15 and DDR2-800 4-4-4-12;
- Graphics card: OCZ GeForce 8800GTX (PCI-E x16).
- HDD: Western Digital WD1500AHFD (SATA150).
- OS: Microsoft Windows Vista x86.
As usual, first of all we would like to check out the performance in synthetic benchmarks revealing the memory subsystem speed. The thing is that this particular parameter has the biggest influence on the performance of mainboards for Intel processors. For our tests we used Everest 4.0 utility.
The memory controller on ECS P35T-A mainboard is not the fastest one that is why all the results obtained in complex tests and real applications didn’t surprise us.
Slower memory controller of ECS P35T-A mainboard tells on the complex tests as well as on real applications. This mainboard falls about 1-2% behind Asus P5K Deluxe. But I have to admit that this is hardly a serious drawback for a mainboard that costs half the price of Asus P5K Deluxe.