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Reviewed by: Carl Nelson [08.30.06]
Manufactured by: Gigabyte


The Test

Finally we can find out how these boards perform! If you're anything like me, you are eager to find out if the year-old 945P can keep up with the P965.

For more complete results, we also included a motherboard based on the 975X chipset. This is Intel's current top-end chipset, despite the fact that it uses an older Southbridge. In this case, we're using Intel's own flagship desktop motherboard: BadAxe (best name EVER) D975XBX.

The test systems were configured as follows:

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6700 (2.66 GHz)
Memory: 2GB OCZ PC2-6400 SOE Urban Elite 4-4-3-15 (which won our Editor's Choice award)
Video Card: Nvidia GeForce 6800 GT 256MB (ForceWare Release 91.31)
Hard Drive: WD Raptor 36GB 10K RPM SATA-150
Power Supply: Thermaltake Toughpower 750W
OS: Windows XP Professional 32 bit SP2

Note that the 945P only officially supports up to DDR2-667, so that was the setting used. The other two boards are set at DDR2-800.

Let's go!

SiSoft Sandra 2007 Memory Bandwidth

As always, we kick things off with a memory bandwidth bench. Unlike AMD processors, Intel has to rely on their chipsets to control the memory. This is the single test where we should see the widest variance in score, since we're using three different chipsets here:

And as expected, the 945P suffers a bit from the lower DDR2 timing. Not as much as you'd expect though, and the real question is, how is real world performance affected?

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