Asus P5K3-Deluxe Review (Page 4 of 11)

Page 4 - Test System; Benchmark: 3DMark06

Our test system specifications as follows:

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 @ E6850 (333MHz*9)
CPU Cooling: Scythe Infinity
Case: Thermaltake Aguila (Noctua NF-S12-800 - Front / Noctua NF-S12-1200 Asus Q-Fan - Back)
Power: Seasonic M12 500W
Graphics: Asus EN8800GTS 320MB
Sound: Creative X-Fi XtremeMusic
Optical Drive: NEC AD-7170A 18X DVD+/-RW
Hard Drive: Seagate 7200.10 320GB 16MB SATA2
Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2

Compared hardware
- Asus P5K-Deluxe, using OCZ Reaper HPC PC2-8500 2x1GB DDR2 RAM
- Asus P5K3-Deluxe, using OCZ Platinum PC3-12800 Enhanced Bandwidth Edition 2x1GB @ DDR3-1333MHz 7-6-6-24 DDR3 RAM

Besides different heatpipe implementation and memory accommodation, the Asus P5K-Deluxe and Asus P5K3-Deluxe are essentially identical boards. After swapping out the Asus P5K-Deluxe that previously resided in our system and installing the Asus P5K3-Deluxe, Windows didn't even detect a hardware change -- no need to reformat, no need to reactivate, just swap and go!

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

Results are generally in favor of the DDR3-based Asus P5K3-Deluxe motherboard. The tests have been repeated several times and the Asus P5K3-Deluxe consistently edged out the P5K-Deluxe; although the performance increase is very minor.

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 9.5, SuperPI 1M
7. Benchmark: EVEREST CPU
8. Benchmark: EVEREST FPU
9. Benchmark: EVEREST Memory
10. Benchmark: EVEREST Memory Latency, HDTach
11. Onboard Sound, Wi-Fi, Overclocking, Conclusion