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Asus Maximus Extreme Intel X38 Express Motherboard Review

Asus Maximus Extreme Intel X38 Express Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The Asus Maximus Extreme motherboard PCSTATS is testing today is based around Intel's X38 Express and ICH9R chipsets. It comes absolutely loaded with features, almost too much in fact.
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External Mfg. Website: Asus Feb 05 2008   Max Page  
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Motherboard Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra, Super Pi

SiSoft Sandra XII Source: Sandra

Sandra is designed to test the theoretical power of a complete system as well as the individual components. The results are also purely theoretical and may not represent real world performance.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportSiSoft Sandra XII
Processor Arithmetic Dhryestone ALU: Points Ranking
Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 (X38 333/1066) 23988
Asus BLITZ Formula (P35 333/1066) 24058
Foxconn MARS (P35 333/1066) 24559
MSI P6N Diamond (NF 680i 333/1066) 24457
Biostar TF7150V-M7 (GF 7150 333/1066) 24538
Asus Maximus Extreme (X38 333/1333) 23981
Processor Arithmetic Whetstone iSSE3: Points Ranking
Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 (X38 333/1066) 17200
Asus BLITZ Formula (P35 333/1066) 17228
Foxconn MARS (P35 333/1066) 17188
MSI P6N Diamond (NF 680i 333/1066) 17061
Biostar TF7150V-M7 (GF 7150 333/1066) 16968
Asus Maximus Extreme (X38 333/1333) 17145
Processor Multi-Media Int x8 iSSE3: Points Ranking
Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 (X38 333/1066) 147777
Asus BLITZ Formula (P35 333/1066) 147957
Foxconn MARS (P35 333/1066) 147787
MSI P6N Diamond (NF 680i 333/1066) 147775
Biostar TF7150V-M7 (GF 7150 333/1066) 14763
Asus Maximus Extreme (X38 333/1333) 147694
Processor Multi-Media Float x4 iSSE2: Points Ranking
Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 (X38 333/1066) 79979
Asus BLITZ Formula (P35 333/1066) 80354
Foxconn MARS (P35 333/1066) 80300
MSI P6N Diamond (NF 680i 333/1066) 79729
Biostar TF7150V-M7 (GF 7150 333/1066) 79818
Asus Maximus Extreme (X38 333/1333) 80191
Multi-Core Efficiency Bandwidth: MB/s Ranking
Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 (X38 333/1066) 8671
Asus BLITZ Formula (P35 333/1066) 8678
Foxconn MARS (P35 333/1066) 8523
MSI P6N Diamond (NF 680i 333/1066) 8258
Biostar TF7150V-M7 (GF 7150 333/1066) 8126
Asus Maximus Extreme (X38 333/1333) 8617
Multi-Core Efficiency Latency: ns Ranking
Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 (X38 333/1066) 33
Asus BLITZ Formula (P35 333/1066) 32
Foxconn MARS (P35 333/1066) 33
MSI P6N Diamond (NF 680i 333/1066) 35
Biostar TF7150V-M7 (GF 7150 333/1066) 36
Asus Maximus Extreme (X38 333/1333) 32
Memory Bandwidth Int iSSE2: MB/s Ranking
Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 (X38 333/1066) 6679
Asus BLITZ Formula (P35 333/1066) 6670
Foxconn MARS (P35 333/1066) 6144
MSI P6N Diamond (NF 680i 333/1066) 6573
Biostar TF7150V-M7 (GF 7150 333/1066) 5126
Asus Maximus Extreme (X38 333/1333) 6655
Memory Bandwidth Float iSSE2: MB/s Ranking
Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 (X38 333/1066) 6729
Asus BLITZ Formula (P35 333/1066) 6807
Foxconn MARS (P35 333/1066) 6112
MSI P6N Diamond (NF 680i 333/1066) 6450
Biostar TF7150V-M7 (GF 7150 333/1066) 5127
Asus Maximus Extreme (X38 333/1333) 6702
Memory Latency (Random): ns Ranking
Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 (X38 333/1066) 75
Asus BLITZ Formula (P35 333/1066) 75
Foxconn MARS (P35 333/1066) 91
MSI P6N Diamond (NF 680i 333/1066) 79
Biostar TF7150V-M7 (GF 7150 333/1066) 81
Asus Maximus Extreme (X38 333/1333) 82
Memory Latency (Linear): ns Ranking
Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 (X38 333/1066) 10
Asus BLITZ Formula (P35 333/1066) 11
Foxconn MARS (P35 333/1066) 13
MSI P6N Diamond (NF 680i 333/1066) 11
Biostar TF7150V-M7 (GF 7150 333/1066) 14
Asus Maximus Extreme (X38 333/1333) 10

SiSoft Sandra results are very interesting and the Asus Maximus Extreme puts in a good show here. Running DDR3, I would have expected the Maximus Extreme to score higher in bandwidth than the DDR2 motherboards, but perhaps the Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 processor cannot push the memory hard enough.

Super Pi Mod 1.5 Source: SuperPI

SuperPI calculates the number PI to 1 Million digits in this raw number crunching benchmark. The program allows the user to change the number of digits of PI that can be calculated from 16 thousand to 32 million. Our benchmark is set to 1 Million digits and 19 iterations.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportSuper Pi Mod 1.5 XS
1 Million Digits: Seconds Ranking
Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 (X38 333/1066) 19
Asus BLITZ Formula (P35 333/1066) 19
Foxconn MARS (P35 333/1066) 19
MSI P6N Diamond (NF 680i 333/1066) 19
Biostar TF7150V-M7 (GF 7150 333/1066) 19
Asus Maximus Extreme (X38 333/1333) 19
8 Million Digits: Seconds Ranking
Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 (X38 333/1066) 226
Asus BLITZ Formula (P35 333/1066) 226
Foxconn MARS (P35 333/1066) 236
MSI P6N Diamond (NF 680i 333/1066) 249
Biostar TF7150V-M7 (GF 7150 333/1066) 262
Asus Maximus Extreme (X38 333/1333) 230

All motherboards complete the 1 million digit test in 19 seconds but the 8 million digit test starts to separate the motherboards. A time of 230 seconds isn't too bad, the Maximus Extreme looses out a bit because of the higher latency DDR3 memory.

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Contents of Article: Asus Maximus Extreme
 Pg 1.  Asus Maximus Extreme Intel X38 Express Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Impressive Asus Accessory Kit
 Pg 3.  Chipset Cooling Solutions
 Pg 4.  Maximus Extreme Highlights Gallery
 Pg 5.  Looking Further at the Intel X38 Express
 Pg 6.  Overclocking the Maximus Extreme
 Pg 7.  Overclocker Friendly Asus BIOS & System Specs
 Pg 8.  Motherboard Benchmarks: SYSmark 2007 Preview
 Pg 9.  — Motherboard Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra, Super Pi
 Pg 10.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PCMark Vantage
 Pg 11.  Motherboard Benchmarks: 3DMark06, Quake 4, FEAR
 Pg 12.  PCSTATS Maximum Motherboard Overclocking Chart & Conclusions

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