Asus P5W64-WS Professional Review (Page 4 of 7)

Page 4 - Test System; Benchmarks: PCMark05, 3DMark06

Our following benchmarks will be conducted on system with all components at stocks speeds. Tests will be run on computer with the following specifications:

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 (1.86GHz Dual Core)
RAM: OCZ Special Ops Edition Urban Elite PC6400 2x1GB @ 4-4-3-15
Graphics: BFG GeForce 7600GT OC 256MB
Power Supply: Tagan TurboJet 1100W
Case: Thermaltake Aguila (1x120mm LED, 1x120mm standard)
Storage: Seagate 7200.10 320GB 16MB Cache SATA2
Optical: NEC AD-7170A 18X DVD+/-RW
Sound: Onboard / Comparison: Creative X-Fi XtremeMusic
OS: Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2

Comparison motherboards:
- abit AB9-Pro (Intel P965 + ICH8R)
- Asus P5W64-WS Professional (Intel i975X + ICH7R)

CPU-Z Screenshot of CPU and motherboard information.

Note that the Asus motherboard is a workstation class product and retails for nearly twice as much as the AB9-Pro, so keep in mind that it is not exactly comparing apples to apples. Also, in FSB/CPU Clock affected benchmarks, results within a couple percent (2%) is theoretically identical as a motherboard setting the FSB to 267 versus 266 will give one a performance advantage. The Asus P5W64-WS Professional sets the FSB to 267MHz despite the fact with specified 266MHz in the BIOS; while the abit AB9-Pro gives 266MHz the way we specified 266MHz. Since these tests were ran multiple times to confirm results, we would still consider one as faster on paper.

In PCMark05, the Asus P5W64-WS Professional had a small performance advantage over abit's AB9-Pro motherboard. The only difference is in the graphics area, where AB9-Pro had a few point advantage as confirmed in our 3DMark06 test.

In 3DMark06 running on all stock settings except for resolution (It has been lowered to 1024x768), the abit again outperformed the Asus board in the graphics segment (Overall score). This on-paper difference is portrayed in the graphics test in PCMark05 developed by Futuremark Corporation as well.

Page Index
1. Introduction, Packaging, Features
2. Chipset, BIOS, Accessories
3. Board Layout and Design
4. Test System; Benchmarks: PCMark05, 3DMark06
5. Benchmarks: EVEREST Ultimate Edition 3.50.799
6. Benchmarks: Cinebench 9.5, HDTachRW
7. Onboard Sound, Overclocking, Conclusion