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Gigabyte GA-EP45-DQ6 Intel P45 Express Motherboard Review

Gigabyte GA-EP45-DQ6 Intel P45 Express Motherboard Review  - PCSTATS
Abstract: In addition to the P45 chipset's inherent PCI Express 2.0 and dual videocard Crossfire support, Gigabyte's EP45-DQ6 motherboard boasts no less than four gigabit network ports, ten SATA channels, three IEEE1394 Firewire and twelve USB2.0 ports!
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External Mfg. Website: Gigabyte Jan 13 2009   Max Page  
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Motherboard Benchmarks: 3DMark Vantage, 3DMark06, FEAR

Futuremark 3DMark06 Vantage Source: FutureMark

3DMark06 is the worldwide standard in advanced 3D game performance benchmarking. A fundamental tool for every company in the PC industry as well as PC users and gamers, 3DMark06 uses advanced real-time 3D game workloads to measure PC performance using a suite of DirectX 9 3D graphics tests, CPU tests, and 3D feature tests. 3DMark06 tests include all new HDR/SM3.0 graphics tests, SM2.0 graphics tests, AI and physics driven single and multiple cores or processor CPU tests and a collection of comprehensive feature tests to reliably measure next generation gaming performance today.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportFuturemark 3DMark Vantage 1.0.1
Performance Overall: (P) Points Ranking
Asrock Penryn1600SLIX3 Wifi (NF 680i 333/1066 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 3848
Gigabyte GA-EP45-DQ6 (P45 333/1066) 3830
ECS P45T-A (P45 333/800) 3843
Biostar TPower I45 (P45 333/1066) 3841
CPU score: Points Ranking
Asrock Penryn1600SLIX3 Wifi (NF 680i 333/1066 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 4803
Gigabyte GA-EP45-DQ6 (P45 333/1066) 4830
ECS P45T-A (P45 333/800) 4787
Biostar TPower I45 (P45 333/1066) 4800

3DMark Vantage isn't showing much difference between the chipset platforms yet. Let us know if you think we should keep 3DMark Vantage for motherboard reviews?

Futuremark 3DMark06 1.0.2 Source: FutureMark

3DMark06 is the worldwide standard in advanced 3D game performance benchmarking. A fundamental tool for every company in the PC industry as well as PC users and gamers, 3DMark06 uses advanced real-time 3D game workloads to measure PC performance using a suite of DirectX 9 3D graphics tests, CPU tests, and 3D feature tests. 3DMark06 tests include all new HDR/SM3.0 graphics tests, SM2.0 graphics tests, AI and physics driven single and multiple cores or processor CPU tests and a collection of comprehensive feature tests to reliably measure next generation gaming performance today.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportFuturemark 3DMark06 1.0.2
Overall: Points Ranking
Asus P5NT Deluxe (NF 780i 333/1066 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 9612
Asus P5NT Deluxe (NF 780i 333/1066 GF 8800GTS 320MB SLI) 11408
Asrock Penryn1600SLIX3 Wifi (NF 680i 333/1066 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 9838
MSI P6N Diamond (NF 680i 333/1066 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 9566
MSI P6N Diamond (NF 680i 333/1066 GF 8800GTS 320MB SLI) 11375
Biostar TF7150V-M7 (GF 7150 333/1066 Onboard GF 7150) 384
Biostar TF7150V-M7 (GF 7150 333/1066 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 9365
MSI X48 Platinum (X48 333/1333) 9775
Gigabyte GA-EP45-DQ6 (P45 333/1066) 9744
ECS P45T-A (P45 333/800) 9805
Biostar TPower I45 (P45 333/1066) 9786
Asus Maximus Extreme (X38 333/1333) 9360
Foxconn DigitaLife X38A (X38 333/800 DDR2) 9415
Foxconn DigitaLife X38A (X38 333/1333 DDR3) 9355
Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 (X38 333/1066) 9409
Asus BLITZ Formula (P35 333/1066) 9385
Foxconn MARS (P35 333/1066) 9230
MSI P35 Platinum Combo (P35 333/800 DDR2) 9753
MSI P35 Platinum Combo (P35 333/1333 DDR3) 9751
CPU: Points Ranking
Asus P5NT Deluxe (NF 780i 333/1066 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 2377
Asus P5NT Deluxe (NF 780i 333/1066 GF 8800GTS 320MB SLI) 2361
Asrock Penryn1600SLIX3 Wifi (NF 680i 333/1066 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 2396
MSI P6N Diamond (NF 680i 333/1066 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 2345
MSI P6N Diamond (NF 680i 333/1066 GF 8800GTS 320MB SLI) 2354
Biostar TF7150V-M7 (GF 7150 333/1066 Onboard GF 7150) 2352
Biostar TF7150V-M7 (GF 7150 333/1066 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 2341
MSI X48 Platinum (X48 333/1333) 2367
Gigabyte GA-EP45-DQ6 (P45 333/1066) 2363
ECS P45T-A (P45 333/800) 2389
Biostar TPower I45 (P45 333/1066) 2378
Asus Maximus Extreme (X38 333/1333) 2373
Foxconn DigitaLife X38A (X38 333/800 DDR2) 2413
Foxconn DigitaLife X38A (X38 333/1333 DDR3) 2386
Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 (X38 333/1066) 2399
Asus BLITZ Formula (P35 333/1066) 2384
Foxconn MARS (P35 333/1066) 2344
MSI P35 Platinum Combo (P35 333/800 DDR2) 2378
MSI P35 Platinum Combo (P35 333/1333 DDR3) 2380

3DMark06 shows less than a percentage point of difference between the various motherboards. In fact, all motherboards handle about the same regardless of chipset.

Sierra FEAR 1.08

Source: Sierra

FEAR is Sierra's latest first person shooter which relies heavily on DirectX 9 features. With its "Soft Shadows" feature enabled, even the fastest videocards run at a crawl, FEAR is definitely the new benchmark for future FPS games to follow.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportSierra FEAR 1.08
Minimum 640x480: Points Ranking
Asus P5NT Deluxe (NF 780i 333/1066 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 568
Asus P5NT Deluxe (NF 780i 333/1066 GF 8800GTS 320MB SLI) 561
Asrock Penryn1600SLIX3 Wifi (NF 680i 333/1066 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 565
MSI P6N Diamond (NF 680i 333/1066 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 545
MSI P6N Diamond (NF 680i 333/1066 GF 8800GTS 320MB SLI) 535
Biostar TF7150V-M7 (GF 7150 333/1066 Onboard GF 7150) 145
Biostar TF7150V-M7 (GF 7150 333/1066 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 558
MSI X48 Platinum (X48 333/1333) 567
Gigabyte GA-EP45-DQ6 (P45 333/1066) 567
ECS P45T-A (P45 333/800) 559
Biostar TPower I45 (P45 333/1066) 553
Asus Maximus Extreme (X38 333/1333) 563
Foxconn DigitaLife X38A (X38 333/800 DDR2) 575
Foxconn DigitaLife X38A (X38 333/1333 DDR3) 562
Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 (X38 333/1066) 554
Asus BLITZ Formula (P35 333/1066) 572
Foxconn MARS (P35 333/1066) 551
MSI P35 Platinum Combo (P35 333/800 DDR2) 545
MSI P35 Platinum Combo (P35 333/1333 DDR3) 554
Maximum 1024x768: Points Ranking
Asus P5NT Deluxe (NF 780i 333/1066 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 137
Asus P5NT Deluxe (NF 780i 333/1066 GF 8800GTS 320MB SLI) 206
Asrock Penryn1600SLIX3 Wifi (NF 680i 333/1066 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 137
MSI P6N Diamond (NF 680i 333/1066 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 134
MSI P6N Diamond (NF 680i 333/1066 GF 8800GTS 320MB SLI) 201
Biostar TF7150V-M7 (GF 7150 333/1066 Onboard GF 7150) 3
Biostar TF7150V-M7 (GF 7150 333/1066 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 122
MSI X48 Platinum (X48 333/1333) 134
Gigabyte GA-EP45-DQ6 (P45 333/1066) 134
ECS P45T-A (P45 333/800) 137
Biostar TPower I45 (P45 333/1066) 134
Asus Maximus Extreme (X38 333/1333) 124
Foxconn DigitaLife X38A (X38 333/800 DDR2) 130
Foxconn DigitaLife X38A (X38 333/1333 DDR3) 123
Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 (X38 333/1066) 124
Asus BLITZ Formula (P35 333/1066) 125
Foxconn MARS (P35 333/1066) 126
MSI P35 Platinum Combo (P35 333/800 DDR2) 135
MSI P35 Platinum Combo (P35 333/1333 DDR3) 134

The Gigabyte GA-EP45-DQ6 stays on par with Asus' P5NT Deluxe and MSI's own P35 Platinum Combo in the FEAR benchmark when running a single Geforce 8800GTS video card.

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Contents of Article: Gigabyte GA-EP45-DQ6
 Pg 1.  Gigabyte GA-EP45-DQ6 Intel P45 Express Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Gigabyte Dynamic Energy Saver Advance - Energy Efficiency
 Pg 3.  Total System Power Draw Comparisons
 Pg 4.  Gigabyte EP45-DQ6 Hands On Impressions
 Pg 5.  Gigabyte EP45-DQ6 Highlights Gallery
 Pg 6.  Intel P45 Express and ICH10 Chipsets
 Pg 7.  Overclocking Test Report & Test System Specs
 Pg 8.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Sysmark 2007
 Pg 9.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Sandra XII 2008 Processor
 Pg 10.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Sandra XII 2008 Memory
 Pg 11.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PCMark Vantage
 Pg 12.  — Motherboard Benchmarks: 3DMark Vantage, 3DMark06, FEAR
 Pg 13.  Is the Feature Bonanza Worth it?

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