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Asus P5W64 WS Pro 975X Express Workstation Motherboard Review

Asus P5W64 WS Pro 975X Express Workstation Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The four PCI Express slots are configured in x16, x0, x4, x0 mode when one videocard is installed. When two graphics cards are installed, say for ATI Crossfire, the four PCI Express slots are split up in x8, x8, x4, x8 mode.
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External Mfg. Website: Asus Feb 07 2007   Max Page  
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Motherboard Benchmarks: FarCry, Doom 3, Quake 4

CryTek FarCry 1.33 Source: Ubisoft

Real-time editing, bump mapping, static lights, network system, integrated physics system, shaders, shadows, and a dynamic music system are just some of the state of-the-art features that the CryENGINE offers. The game was set to Ultra quality and the Ubisoft's Regulator demo was run.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportCryTek FarCry 1.33
Regulator LQ 640x480 FPS Ranking
ASRock AM2V890-VSTA (K8T890 200/800 A64 5000+) 185.2
Albatron KM51PV-AM2 (GF6150 200/800 A64 5000+) 170.27
MSI K9N SLI Platinum (NF 570 SLI 200/800 A64 5000+) 171.25
Asus M2-CROSSHAIR (NF 590 SLI 200/800 A64 5000+) 175.26
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X 200/667 PD 840) 81.43
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/800 PD 840) 171.25
Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe (P965 200/800 PD 840) 84.69
Asus P5N32-SLI Premium (NF 590 SLI 200/800 Core 2 Duo GeForce 7800GTX Single) 258.65
Asus P5N32-SLI Premium (NF 590 SLI 200/800 Core 2 Duo GeForce 7800GTX SLI) 245.21
Foxconn 975X7AB-8EKRS2H (975X 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 243.21
MSI 975X Platinum (975X 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 242.41
Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe (P965 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 241.05
Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 (P965 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 242.58
Foxconn P9657AA-8KS2H (P965 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 242.31
MSI P965 Platinum (P965 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 238.41
Gigabyte GA-945GM-S2 (945G 200/667 Core 2 Duo Onboard Video) 30.93
Gigabyte GA-945GM-S2 (945G 200/667 Core 2 Duo GeForce 7800GTX) 219.83
Asus P5W64 WS Professional (975X 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 241.84

The Asus P5W64 WS Professional does very well in FarCry, 240+ fps seems to be the norm for high performance Core 2 Duo powered motherboards.

ID Software Doom 3 1.3 Source: id Software

Doom 3 takes advantage of the latest videocard technology and pushes the processing power of the CPU to its absolute limit. At its highest setting, Ultra quality, texture sizes pass the 500MB mark which means even tomorrow's videocards will have a hard time running everything. The frame rates in the game itself are locked at 60 fps so anything above that point is wasted. Each test is run three times with the third run being recorded.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportID Software Doom 3 1.3
LQ 640x480: FPS Ranking
ASRock AM2V890-VSTA (K8T890 200/800 A64 5000+) 148.4
Albatron KM51PV-AM2 (GF6150 200/800 A64 5000+) 144.5
MSI K9N SLI Platinum (NF 570 SLI 200/800 A64 5000+) 144.3
Asus M2-CROSSHAIR (NF 590 SLI 200/800 A64 5000+) 141.1
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X 200/667 PD 840) 104.3
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/800 PD 840) 144.3
Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe (P965 200/800 PD 840) 96.6
Asus P5N32-SLI Premium (NF 590 SLI 200/800 Core 2 Duo GeForce 7800GTX Single) 206.7
Asus P5N32-SLI Premium (NF 590 SLI 200/800 Core 2 Duo GeForce 7800GTX SLI) 203.5
Foxconn 975X7AB-8EKRS2H (975X 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 206.3
MSI 975X Platinum (975X 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 205.9
Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe (P965 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 205.7
Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 (P965 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 206.7
Foxconn P9657AA-8KS2H (P965 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 205.8
MSI P965 Platinum (P965 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 205.3
Gigabyte GA-945GM-S2 (945G 200/667 Core 2 Duo Onboard Video) 18.7
Gigabyte GA-945GM-S2 (945G 200/667 Core 2 Duo GeForce 7800GTX) 193
Asus P5W64 WS Professional (975X 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 205.7

If you decide to turn the Asus P5W64 WS Professional motherboard into a gaming machine, you won't be disappointed. The only down side is that it doesn't support SLI, although ATI Crossfire is supported of course.

ID Software Quake 4 1.3

Source: id Software

Quake 4 is the latest shooter from ID and is based on the Doom 3 engine. Tweaked to for more eye candy, Quake 4 promises to be tougher on videocards and systems than its predecessor was. Quake 4 also does not have a 60 fps limiter like Doom 3, with the Ultra setting, graphic textures can surpass the 500MB mark! Each test is run three times and with the third run being recorded.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportID Software Quake 4 1.3
LQ 640x480: FPS Ranking
ASRock AM2V890-VSTA (K8T890 200/800 A64 5000+) 154.4
Albatron KM51PV-AM2 (GF6150 200/800 A64 5000+) 152.9
MSI K9N SLI Platinum (NF 570 SLI 200/800 A64 5000+) 150.5
Asus M2-CROSSHAIR (NF 590 SLI 200/800 A64 5000+) 146.4
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X 200/667 PD 840) 127.3
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/800 PD 840) 150.5
Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe (P965 200/800 PD 840) 113.8
Asus P5N32-SLI Premium (NF 590 SLI 200/800 Core 2 Duo GeForce 7800GTX Single) 203.5
Asus P5N32-SLI Premium (NF 590 SLI 200/800 Core 2 Duo GeForce 7800GTX SLI) 198.7
Foxconn 975X7AB-8EKRS2H (975X 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 202.5
MSI 975X Platinum (975X 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 202.8
Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe (P965 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 202.8
Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 (P965 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 202.6
Foxconn P9657AA-8KS2H (P965 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 202.4
MSI P965 Platinum (P965 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 202.1
Gigabyte GA-945GM-S2 (945G 200/667 Core 2 Duo Onboard Video) 34.1
Gigabyte GA-945GM-S2 (945G 200/667 Core 2 Duo GeForce 7800GTX) 192.7
Asus P5W64 WS Professional (975X 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 202.4

In the last test of the day the Asus P5W64 WS Professional puts on another good show, even though it's designed for the workstation market it's still darn fast at games.

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Contents of Article: Asus P5W64 WS Pro
 Pg 1.  Asus P5W64 WS Pro 975X Express Workstation Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Accessories and Thermal Solution
 Pg 3.  Asus P5W64 WS Professional highlights
 Pg 4.  Intel's 975X Express Chipset
 Pg 5.  Overclocking the Asus P5W64 WS Professional
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: SYSMark2004
 Pg 7.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Office Productivity, SiSoft Sandra
 Pg 8.  Motherboard Benchmarks: SuperPi, PCMark05
 Pg 9.  Motherboard Benchmarks: 3DMark05, 3DMark06
 Pg 10.  — Motherboard Benchmarks: FarCry, Doom 3, Quake 4
 Pg 11.  Workstation Quality Motherboard?

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