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ECS PN1 SLI2 Extreme nForce 590SLI Motherboard Review

ECS PN1 SLI2 Extreme nForce 590SLI Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The motherboard is based on the nVIDIA nForce 590 SLI Intel Edition chipsets (nForce 590 SLI SPP and nForce 590 SLI MCP), so it supports a whole host of multi-videocard gaming arrangements.
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External Mfg. Website: ECS Apr 07 2007   Max Page  
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Overclocking the PN1 SLI2 Motherboard

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

350 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

ECS and overclocking don't always go together, but with the motherboard equipped with an Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 processor and a 2GB set of Corsair Twin2X2048-6400C4 memory, we're anticipating a good run at the fence anyway.

Starting at 266 MHz, the ECS PN1 SLI2 Extreme motherboard bus speed was increased in 5 MHz increments. ECS clearly states on the PCB that the motherboard can run past 1.2 GHz bus speed. PCSTATS had no problems reaching that speed since it's only 300 MHz FSB (you multiply the FSB by 4 to get the bus speed).

At 320 MHz the ECS PN1 SLI2 Extreme motherboard started to show some signs of instability, requiring the nForce 590 SLI SPP voltage to be increased to 1.45V. To reach 340 MHz, the nForce 590 SLI MCP also got a slight voltage increase to 1.65V.

In the end, the ECS PN1 SLI2 motherboard topped out at 350 MHz FSB. PCSTATS tried for a quicker result, but anything higher than this caused instability. It's not a great overclock for a 590 SLI platform, but then again the nVIDIA nForce 590 SLI Intel Edition chipset's biggest downfall is a lack of overclockability. Perhaps that is what held the board back...

Features inside the ECS BIOS:


In the Performance Options section of the ECS PN1 SLI2 Extreme BIOS we can adjust clock speed, and memory timings. You'll want to keep the PCI Express frequency at 100 MHz. The FSB setting is where things get interesting. The bus speed can be adjusted between 800-2000 MHz (500 MHz FSB) in 1 MHz increments. The memory can be tweaked between DDR2 400-1400 MHz, again in 1 MHz steps. You'll also find the usual CAS Latency, RAS to CAS Delay and Row Precharge memory options.

CPU voltage goes as high as 1.8V, memory voltage 2.5V, Northbridge voltage 1.55V, Southbridge voltage 1.75V and the HTT connection between Northbridge and Southbridge to 1.6V.

Prelude to Benchmarks

The details of how the ECS PN1 SLI2 Extreme 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 nForce 590 SLI Intel Edition 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
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 (775) AMD Athlon64 X2 5000+ (AM2)
Clock Speed: 9 x 266 MHz = 2.4 GHz 13 x 200 MHz = 2.6 GHz
Motherboard: ECS PN1 SLI2 Extreme (NF 590 SLI Intel Edition)

ECS PN2 SLI2+ (NF 680i SLI)
MSI P6N SLI Platinum (NF 650i SLI)
Foxconn 975X7AB-8EKRS2H (975X)
Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 (P965 Express)
Foxconn P9657AA-8KS2H (P965 Express)
MSI P965 Platinum (P965 Express)

ASRock AM2V890-VSTA (VIA K8T890)
Albatron KM51PV-AM2 (GF6150)
MSI K9N SLI Platinum (NF 570 SLI)
Asus M2-CROSSHAIR (NF 590 SLI)
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 Reference AMD Athlon64 FX-62 Reference
Software Setup:

Microsoft WindowsXP SP2
Intel INF 7.22
nVIDIA Forceware 91.47

Microsoft WindowsXP SP2
nVIDIA Forceware 9.35
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
WorldBench5

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Contents of Article: ECS PN1 SLI2 Extreme
 Pg 1.  ECS PN1 SLI2 Extreme nForce 590SLI Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Gallery Highlights of this ECS Motherboard
 Pg 3.  Gallery Highlights Continued
 Pg 4.  nVIDIA nForce 590 SLI Intel Edition chipset
 Pg 5.  — Overclocking the PN1 SLI2 Motherboard
 Pg 6.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Sysmark 2004
 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.  Another Swing at 590SLI...

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