Asus P5N-E SLI Review (Page 4 of 11)

Page 4 - Test System; Benchmark: 3DMark06

A Noctua NF-R8 fan is placed below the Northbridge to blow air over it in order to cool it down.

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6300
CPU Cooling: Scythe Infinity
RAM: OCZ Special Ops Edition Urban Elite PC2-6400 2x1GB
Power: Tagan TurboJet 1100W
Graphics: PowerColor X1550
Optical Drive: NEC AD-7170A 18X DVD+/-RW
Hard Drive: Seagate 7200.10 320GB 16MB SATA2
Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2

Compared Motherboards:
- abit AB9-Pro (Intel P965+ICH8R)
- Asus P5W64-WS Professional (Intel i975X+ICH7R)
- Asus P5N-E SLI (NVIDIA 650i+NF430 MCP)

The Radeon X1550 is the only graphics card I have on hand right now during these tests, I apologize for that.

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

I ran the tests at 1024x768 with the rest at default settings. Since the PowerColor X1550 is the only graphics card I have at the moment, so I'll publish raw numbers here only.

On the positive side, Microsoft Excel 2007 generates pretty nice graphs ;) Still playing with the effects though!

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, Overclocking, Conclusion