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ECS P45T-A Intel P45 Express Motherboard Review

ECS P45T-A Intel P45 Express Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: There were something like 370 different variations of the Intel P45 motherboard introduced at Computex 2008 this year when Intel unveiled its 4-series chipset family. That's a lot of motherboard to choose from - pick the ECS P45T-A to save time and money.
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Overclocking Test Report, Test System Specs

Overclocking Results:
Stock Max. OC
Motherboard Speed: 333 MHz

435 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 Intel P45 Express chipset is an overclocking friendly core logic so we're excited to see how far the ECS P45T-A will go! As usual, PCSTATS dropped in a 45nm 1333MHz FSB Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 processor and a 2GB set of Corsair's DOMINATOR Twin2X2048-8888C4DF memory, then powered the black beauty up. The Core 2 Duo E8400 CPU has more headroom than the Core 2 Duo E6750 PCSTATS previously relied on, in case you wondered.

Before overclocking began the CPU clock multiplier was lowered to 6x, and the memory set to run at 1:1. Starting at 333 MHz FSB the speed was increased in 5 MHz jumps.

Overclocking went along quite smoothly between 333MHz FSB to 400MHz, and up to 425 MHz easily booted into Windows Vista without a hitch. As the clock speed reached 450MHz the system started to crash while loading into Vista, so we tried upping the CPU/memory voltage a little. The options in the ECS P45T-A BIOS are limited, so one we got the P45T-A system loading into Vista at 435MHz FSB we decided to call it a day.

This motherboard really isn't built to be a massive overclocker, so we're not surprised by the uninspiring overclock here. Although with a little tweaking effort and some diligence you could probably push things further...

BIOS Tweaking Tools The BIOS controls how the motherboard communicates with all the peripherals connected to it, and is a crucial component for any good well rounded motherboard. PCSTATS is only going to highlight the tweaking features so you'll know what to expect.

ECS gives you full multiplier access (as much as Intel allows). The FSB can be adjusted between 333-750 MHz in 1 MHz increments and there are a few memory dividers to pick from.

The board has limited voltage controls, just CPU and memory. The CPU can be given an extra 328mV if needed..

Prelude to Benchmarks

The details of how the ECS P45T-A 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 P45 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
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 (65nm)
OC tests with:
(Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 (45nm)
Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 (775)
Motherboard: ECS P45T-A (P45 Express)

Gigabyte GA-P35-DQ6 (P35 Express)
MSI P35 Platinum (P35 Express)
Biostar TP35D3-A7 Deluxe (P35 Express)
Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 (X38 Express)
Asus BLITZ Formula (P35 Express)
Foxconn MARS (P35 Express)
MSI P6N Diamond (NF 680i)
Biostar TF7150V-M7 (GF 7150)
Asrock Penryn1600SLIX3 (NF 680i)
Biostar TPower I45 (P45 Express)

Videocard: MSI NX8800GTS-T2D320E
Memory: 2x 1024MB Corsair Twin2X2048-8888C4D (DDR2)

2x 1024MB Corsair Twin2X2048-6400C4 (DDR2)

Hard Drive: 74GB Western Digital Raptor WD740
CDROM: AOpen Combo 52x
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling TurboCool 750W
Heatsink: Intel E6600 Reference
Software Setup:

Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate
Intel INF 9.0.0.1008
nVIDIA Forceware 169.25

Benchmarks:

SYSMark 2007
Super Pi Mod 1.5
SiSoft Sandra 2008
PCMark Vantage
3DMark Vantage
3DMark06
FEAR

Quake 4

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Contents of Article: ECS P45T-A
 Pg 1.  ECS P45T-A Intel P45 Express Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Hands On Impressions
 Pg 3.  Motherboard Highlights Gallery
 Pg 4.  Intel P45 Express and ICH10 Chipsets
 Pg 5.  — Overclocking Test Report, Test System Specs
 Pg 6.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Sysmark 2007
 Pg 7.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Sandra XII 2008 Processor
 Pg 8.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Sandra XII 2008 Memory
 Pg 9.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PCMark Vantage
 Pg 10.  Motherboard Benchmarks: 3DMark Vantage, 3DMark06, Super PI
 Pg 11.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Quake 4, FEAR & Conclusions

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