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Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 Intel P965 Express Motherboard Review

Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 Intel P965 Express Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The GA-965P-DS3 is made for Intel's remarkably proficient Core 2 Duo processor series, and for the purposes of this review PCSTATS will be testing it with an Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 CPU - the sweetheart of the bunch.
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Prelude to Benchmarks / Sysmark 2004

The details of how the Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 motherboard test system was configured for benchmarking, including the specific hardware, software drivers, operating system and benchmark versions are indicated below. In the second column are the general specs for the reference platforms this Intel P965 Express based system is to be compared against. Please take a moment to look over PCSTATS test system configurations before moving on to the individual benchmark results.

PCSTATS Test System Configurations
Test System Reference System #1 Reference System #2 Reference System #3
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 AMD Athlon64 X2 5000+

Intel Pentium D 840

Clock Speed: 9 x 266 MHz = 2.4 GHz 13 x 200 MHz = 2.6 GHz

16 x 200 MHz = 3.2 GHz

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 (P965 Express) Biostar TForce P965 DLX (P965) ASRock AM2V890-VSTA (VIA K8T890)
Albatron KM51PV-AM2 (GF6150)
MSI K9N SLI Platinum (NF 570 SLI)
Asus M2-CROSSHAIR (NF 590 SLI)

Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X)
Foxconn 955X7AA-8EKRS2 (955X)
Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2 (945P)
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI)
Biostar TForce P965 DLX (P965)

Videocard: MSI NX7800GTX-VT2D256E
Memory:

2x 1024MB CorsairTwin2X2048-6400C4

Hard Drive: 74GB Western Digital Raptor WD740
CDROM: AOpen Combo 52x
PowerSupply: PC Power & Cooling TurboCool 510 SLI
Heatsink: Intel EE6600 Refernece AMD Athlon64 FX-62 Refernece Thermaltake Jungle 512
Software Setup:

Microsoft WindowsXP SP2
Intel INF 7.22
nVIDIA Forceware 91.47

Microsoft WindowsXP SP2
nVIDIA Forceware 9.35
nVIDIA Forceware 91.47

Microsoft WindowsXP SP2
Intel INF 7.22
nVIDIA Forceware 7.22
nVIDIA Forceware 91.47

Benchmarks:

SYSMark 2004
Business Winstone 2004
Content Creation 2004
Super Pi
SiSoft Sandra 2005
PCMark05
3DMark05
3DMark06
FarCry
Doom 3

Quake 4

SYSmark2004 Source: Bapco

SYSmark 2004 is BAPCo's latest revision of the mainstream office productivity and Internet content creation benchmark used to characterize the performance of the business client. It is based on a foundation of extensive research into emerging usage models and computing trends and incorporates the latest benchmarking methodologies to evaluate platform technologies. SYSmark 2004 contains scientifically designed workloads that represent the range of activities that an office productivity or Internet content creation work may encounter. In addition to extensive validation across multiple platforms, users can be sure of a consistent and reliable performance comparison.

SysMark 2004
Internet Overall: Points Ranking
ASRock AM2V890-VSTA (K8T890 200/800 A64 5000+) 363
Albatron KM51PV-AM2 (GF6150 200/800 A64 5000+) 359
MSI K9N SLI Platinum (NF 570 SLI 200/800 A64 5000+) 363
Asus M2-CROSSHAIR (NF 590 SLI 200/800 A64 5000+) 359
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X 200/667 PD 840) 284
Foxconn 955X7AA-8EKRS2 (955X 200/667 PD 840) 280
Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2 (945P 200/667 PD 840) 278
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/800 PD 840) 283
Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe (P965 200/800 PD 840) 290
Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe (P965 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 426
Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 (P965 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 432
3D Creation: Points Ranking
ASRock AM2V890-VSTA (K8T890 200/800 A64 5000+) 315
Albatron KM51PV-AM2 (GF6150 200/800 A64 5000+) 314
MSI K9N SLI Platinum (NF 570 SLI 200/800 A64 5000+) 319
Asus M2-CROSSHAIR (NF 590 SLI 200/800 A64 5000+) 316
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X 200/667 PD 840) 253
Foxconn 955X7AA-8EKRS2 (955X 200/667 PD 840) 254
Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2 (945P 200/667 PD 840) 248
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/800 PD 840) 246
Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe (P965 200/800 PD 840) 255
Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe (P965 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 364
Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 (P965 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 374
2D Creation: Points Ranking
ASRock AM2V890-VSTA (K8T890 200/800 A64 5000+) 425
Albatron KM51PV-AM2 (GF6150 200/800 A64 5000+) 434
MSI K9N SLI Platinum (NF 570 SLI 200/800 A64 5000+) 439
Asus M2-CROSSHAIR (NF 590 SLI 200/800 A64 5000+) 433
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X 200/667 PD 840) 335
Foxconn 955X7AA-8EKRS2 (955X 200/667 PD 840) 333
Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2 (945P 200/667 PD 840) 336
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/800 PD 840) 339
Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe (P965 200/800 PD 840) 340
Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe (P965 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 531
Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 (P965 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 536
Web Publication Points Ranking
ASRock AM2V890-VSTA (K8T890 200/800 A64 5000+) 336
Albatron KM51PV-AM2 (GF6150 200/800 A64 5000+) 339
MSI K9N SLI Platinum (NF 570 SLI 200/800 A64 5000+) 341
Asus M2-CROSSHAIR (NF 590 SLI 200/800 A64 5000+) 338
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X 200/667 PD 840) 263
Foxconn 955X7AA-8EKRS2 (955X 200/667 PD 840) 255
Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2 (945P 200/667 PD 840) 250
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/800 PD 840) 273
Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe (P965 200/800 PD 840) 273
Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe (P965 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 399
Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 (P965 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 402
Office Overall: Points Ranking
ASRock AM2V890-VSTA (K8T890 200/800 A64 5000+) 255
Albatron KM51PV-AM2 (GF6150 200/800 A64 5000+) 238
MSI K9N SLI Platinum (NF 570 SLI 200/800 A64 5000+) 235
Asus M2-CROSSHAIR (NF 590 SLI 200/800 A64 5000+) 235
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X 200/667 PD 840) 210
Foxconn 955X7AA-8EKRS2 (955X 200/667 PD 840) 193
Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2 (945P 200/667 PD 840) 207
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/800 PD 840) 212
Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe (P965 200/800 PD 840) 218
Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe (P965 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 301
Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 (P965 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 301
Communication: Points Ranking
ASRock AM2V890-VSTA (K8T890 200/800 A64 5000+) 258
Albatron KM51PV-AM2 (GF6150 200/800 A64 5000+) 247
MSI K9N SLI Platinum (NF 570 SLI 200/800 A64 5000+) 247
Asus M2-CROSSHAIR (NF 590 SLI 200/800 A64 5000+) 244
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X 200/667 PD 840) 218
Foxconn 955X7AA-8EKRS2 (955X 200/667 PD 840) 200
Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2 (945P 200/667 PD 840) 211
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/800 PD 840) 216
Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe (P965 200/800 PD 840) 223
Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe (P965 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 273
Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 (P965 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 271
Document Creation: Points Ranking
ASRock AM2V890-VSTA (K8T890 200/800 A64 5000+) 282
Albatron KM51PV-AM2 (GF6150 200/800 A64 5000+) 258
MSI K9N SLI Platinum (NF 570 SLI 200/800 A64 5000+) 258
Asus M2-CROSSHAIR (NF 590 SLI 200/800 A64 5000+) 257
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X 200/667 PD 840) 204
Foxconn 955X7AA-8EKRS2 (955X 200/667 PD 840) 185
Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2 (945P 200/667 PD 840) 206
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/800 PD 840) 219
Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe (P965 200/800 PD 840) 217
Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe (P965 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 345
Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 (P965 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 344
Data Analysis: Points Ranking
ASRock AM2V890-VSTA (K8T890 200/800 A64 5000+) 215
Albatron KM51PV-AM2 (GF6150 200/800 A64 5000+) 214
MSI K9N SLI Platinum (NF 570 SLI 200/800 A64 5000+) 204
Asus M2-CROSSHAIR (NF 590 SLI 200/800 A64 5000+) 206
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X 200/667 PD 840) 200
Foxconn 955X7AA-8EKRS2 (955X 200/667 PD 840) 196
Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2 (945P 200/667 PD 840) 201
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/800 PD 840) 201
Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe (P965 200/800 PD 840) 205
Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe (P965 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 289
Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 (P965 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 292

The Intel P965 Express chipset and Core 2 Duo E6600 processor definitely make for one very fast combination; the Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 performs better than any other reference board in Sysmark 2004. It's interesting to see how the various platforms in SYSMark2004 handle this office oriented test, the ball has definitely swung back into Intel's court.

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Contents of Article: Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3
 Pg 1.  Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 Intel P965 Express Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Intel P965 Express and ICH8 Chipsets
 Pg 3.  The Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 Motherboard Highlights
 Pg 4.  Overclocking the Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 Motherboard
 Pg 5.  — Prelude to Benchmarks / Sysmark 2004
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: Office Productivity, SiSoft Sandra
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: Super Pi, PCMark05
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: 3DMark05
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: 3DMark06, FarCry
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: X3: Reunion, Doom 3, Quake 4
 Pg 11.  Out of the Darkness Emerges Intel

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