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Reviewed by: Carl Nelson [09.16.06]
Manufactured by: Foxconn


The Test

Since we just finished a round of benchmarking with 3 other motherboards right before this one arrived, I was able to use the results from our previous review. Included are results from the Gigabyte P965-DS3 and Intel 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 (as low as $165!)
OS: Windows XP Professional 32 bit SP2

OK let's do this.

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 two different chipsets here, and timings can vary from board to board.

The P9657AA is off to a rocky start in our bandwidth test. This could be due to another BIOS issue. I double checked, and all the timings are working properly.

We've seen in the past with Intel systems that a higher peak memory bandwidth doesn't necessarily mean better performance in real world apps. Let's find out for sure!

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