Asus P5NT-WS Review (Page 4 of 11)

Page 4 - Test System; Benchmark: 3DMark06

A Noctua NF-R8 fan is placed as close as possible to the Northbridge in attempt to create additional airflow.

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6300
CPU Cooling: Scythe Infinity
RAM: OCZ Special Ops Edition Urban Elite PC2-6400 2x1GB
Power: Seasonic M12 500W
Graphics: Asus EAX1950PRO 256MB
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)
- Asus P5NT-WS (NVIDIA 650i+NF570 MCP)

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

Since I didn't want to use the PowerColor X1550 again for the benchmarks, and I don't have a 7600GT with me at the moment (As I have used with my previous motherboard reviews), I used my Asus EAX1950PRO 256MB instead. Above are the raw results for each subscore.

I ran the test at 1280x1024 default settings. The CPU is not overclocked, therefore results here cannot be compared to the ones in the Asus EAX1950PRO 256MB review with the Asus P5W64-WS Professional.

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