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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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Overclocking the Asus P5W64 WS Professional

Overclocking Results:
Stock Max. OC
Motherboard Speed: 266 MHz

400 MHz

If you're new to Overclocking and not sure what to do, check out these two excellent Guides for some pointers:
Overclocking the CPU and Memory
Overclocking the Videocard

The Asus P5W64 WS Professional motherboard is intended to provide workstation users with a very stable platform to work on, but that doesn't necessarily mean it will be spared from our overclocking tests. ;-)

The motherboard will be equipped with an Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 and 2GB of Corsair's Twin2X2048-6400C4 memory. To make sure nothing will hold the P5W64 WS Professional back, the memory will be set to run at DDR2-533 mode.

Starting at 266 MHz FSB, the clock speed was increased in 5 MHz steps. As with all Core 2 Duo motherboards PCSTATS has overclocked, the Asus P5W64 WS Professional had no problems passing the 300 MHz mark. At 340 MHz the motherboard started to show some signs of instability, so Northbridge voltage was increased to 1.6V to stabilize it.

At 360 MHz FSB the system become unstable, but this time around it was the Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 processor giving us problems. CPU voltage was increased to 1.45V. The motherboard responded well to overclocking on the whole, but at 385 MHz the 975X Express chipset voltage had to be increased 1.7V to prevent random crashing.

In the end, the Asus P5W64 WS Professional motherboard maxed out at 400 MHz. It's not the highest overclock we've seen, but good for a motherboard which is really meant to fulfill workstation roles.

Inside the Asus BIOS:

In the Asus P5W64 WS Professional BIOS you get all the usual memory timing adjustments as well as some ECC memory options. The Intel 975X Express chipset is compatible with ECC memory for that extra bit of data integrity.

The FSB can be tuned between 266-500 MHz in 1 MHz increments. Memory voltage goes as high as 2.4V, CPU voltage 1.7V, Northbridge voltage 1.8V and Southbridge voltage to 1.2V.

Prelude to the benchmarks

The details of how the Asus P5W64 WS Professional 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 975X 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 (775) AMD Athlon64 X2 5000+ (AM2)

Intel Pentium D 840 (775)

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

16 x 200 MHz = 3.2 GHz

Motherboard: Asus P5W64 WS Professional (975X Express)

Foxconn 975X7AB-8EKRS2H (975X)
Biostar TForce P965 DLX (P965 Express)
Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 (P965 Express)
Foxconn P9657AA-8KS2H (P965 Express)
Gigabyte GA-945GM-S2 (945G)

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 Corsair Twin2X2048-6400C4

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
GMA Driver 14.21
GMA Driver 14.25

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
PC WorldBench 5.0
Business Winstone 2004
Content Creation 2004
Super Pi
SiSoft Sandra 2005
PCMark05
3DMark05
3DMark06
FarCry
Doom 3
Quake 4

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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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