Gigabyte EP45-DQ6 Review (Page 4 of 12)

Page 4 - Test System; Benchmark: 3DMark06

Our test platform.

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 @ 2.80GHz (400MHz*7 - 1600MHz FSB QDR)
CPU Cooling: Asus Arctic Square
Chassis: Danger Den Torture Rack (1x Thermaltake 120mm LED Fan)
Power: Tagan TurboJet 1100W
Video: Gigabyte GeForce 8800GT TurboForce 512MB
Optical Drive: Liteon 16X DVD-ROM
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar 7200RPM 80GB 8MB Cache
Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP3

Compared hardware
- Asus P5K-Deluxe (Intel P35), using OCZ Reaper HPC PC2-8500 2x1GB DDR2 RAM @ PC2-6400 4-4-4-10
- Asus P5K3-Deluxe (Intel P35), using OCZ ReaperX PC3-10666 2x1GB @ PC3-9600 6-5-5-18
- Asus P5E3-Deluxe (Intel X38), using OCZ ReaperX PC3-10666 2x1GB @ PC3-9600 6-5-5-18
- Asus Striker II NSE (NVIDIA 790i), using OCZ ReaperX PC3-10666 2x1GB @ PC3-9600 6-5-5-18
- Gigabyte X48T-DQ6 (Intel X48), using OCZ ReaperX PC3-10666 2x1GB @ PC3-9600 6-5-5-18
- Gigabyte EP45-DQ6 (Intel P45), using OCZ Reaper HPC PC2-8500 2x1GB DDR2 RAM @ PC2-6400 4-4-4-10

About 3DMark06

3DMark®06 is the worldwide standard in advanced 3D game performance benchmarking. A fundamental tool for every company in the PC industry as well as PC users and gamers, 3DMark06 uses advanced real-time 3D game workloads to measure PC performance using a suite of DirectX 9 3D graphics tests, CPU tests, and 3D feature tests. 3DMark06 tests include all new HDR/SM3.0 graphics tests, SM2.0 graphics tests, AI and physics driven single and multiple cores or processor CPU tests and a collection of comprehensive feature tests to reliably measure next generation gaming performance today. Futuremark's exclusive Online ResultBrowser web service tracks and compares 3DMark06 scores.

Key 3DMark06 Advanced and Professional Features
* DirectX® 9 3D game performance benchmark
* Includes separate graphics card and CPU tests
* Produces workloads that simulate next generation 3D gaming requirements
* Advanced 3D game engine supports HDR Rendering with SM3.0 Shaders, in addition to SM2.0 Shaders
* Includes two HDR/SM3.0 game tests and two SM2.0 game tests
* CPU performance testing via AI and physics workloads for both single core systems and multi-threaded, multi-core and multiple processor environments
* 3D graphics feature tests include Fill Rate, Pixel Shader, Vertex Shader, SM3.0 tests, and Batch Size tests

From: Developer's Page

Our first benchmark is Futuremark's 3DMark06, running under Windows XP Professional. Our SP3 performance results are identical to our previous SP2 results with the dual core performance patch; so all previous results are still valid. I was quite surprised that the Gigabyte EP45-DQ6 scored the worst in all but one test; leaving it slightly worse than everyone else in the Overall score. The only one that it did not score the lowest is the HDR/SM3.0 subscore.

Page Index
1. Introduction, Features, and Specifications
2. Bundle, Chipset, BIOS
3. A Closer Look, Board Layout
4. Test System; Benchmark: 3DMark06
5. Benchmark: PCMark05
6. Benchmark: Cinebench R10, SuperPI 1M
7. Benchmark: EVEREST CPU
8. Benchmark: EVEREST FPU
9. Benchmark: EVEREST Memory
10. Benchmark: EVEREST Memory Latency, HDTach
11. Onboard Sound (RMAA 6.06) Analyzation
12. Overclocking and Conclusion