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Asus P5Q-EM Intel G45 Express Motherboard Review

Asus P5Q-EM Intel G45 Express Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: To complement the High Definition decoding of the G45 Express, the P5Q-EM offers up HDMI, DVI and VGA video outputs, allowing you to output HD video right to a home theatre display without any additional expense.
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Filed under: Motherboards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: ASUS Jan 27 2009   Julian Apong  
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Motherboard IGP Benchmarks: 3DMark Vantage, FEAR

Futuremark 3DMark Vantage 1.0.1 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
Intel DG45ID (Intel G45 200/800 C2D E6750 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 3814
Intel DG45ID (Intel G45 200/800 C2D E6750 Onboard G45 ) 0
Asus P5Q-EM (Intel G45 200/800 C2D E6750 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 3854
Asus P5Q-EM (Intel G45 200/800 C2D E6750 Onboard G45 ) 0
Foxconn A7DA-S (AMD 790GX 200/800 AM2 X2 5000+ GF 8800GTS 320MB) 3847
Foxconn A7DA-S (AMD 790GX 200/800 AM2 X2 5000+ onboard HD 3300 video) 0
ECS A780GM-A (AMD 780G 200/800 AM2 X2 5000+ GF 8800GTS 320MB) 3654
ECS A780GM-A (AMD 780G 200/800 AM2 X2 5000+ Onboard HD 3200 Video 0
Biostar Tpower N750 (NF 750a 200/800 AM2 X2 5000+ GF 8800GTS 320MB) 3335
Biostar Tpower N750 (NF 750a 200/800 AM2 X2 5000+ onboard nF 750a video) 0
Biostar TF8200 A2+ (GF 8200 200/800 AM2 X2 5000+ GF 8800GTS 320MB) 3702
GPU score: Points Ranking
Intel DG45ID (Intel G45 200/800 C2D E6750 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 3598
Intel DG45ID (Intel G45 200/800 C2D E6750 Onboard G45 ) 0
Asus P5Q-EM (Intel G45 200/800 C2D E6750 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 3621
Asus P5Q-EM (Intel G45 200/800 C2D E6750 Onboard G45 ) 0
Foxconn A7DA-S (AMD 790GX 200/800 AM2 X2 5000+ GF 8800GTS 320MB) 3191
Foxconn A7DA-S (AMD 790GX 200/800 AM2 X2 5000+ onboard HD 3300 video) 0
ECS A780GM-A (AMD 780G 200/800 AM2 X2 5000+ GF 8800GTS 320MB) 3575
ECS A780GM-A (AMD 780G 200/800 AM2 X2 5000+ Onboard HD 3200 Video 0
Biostar Tpower N750 (NF 750a 200/800 AM2 X2 5000+ GF 8800GTS 320MB) 3172
Biostar Tpower N750 (NF 750a 200/800 AM2 X2 5000+ onboard nF 750a video) 0
Biostar TF8200 A2+ (GF 8200 200/800 AM2 X2 5000+ GF 8800GTS 320MB) 3580
CPU score: Points Ranking
Intel DG45ID (Intel G45 200/800 C2D E6750 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 4653
Intel DG45ID (Intel G45 200/800 C2D E6750 Onboard G45 ) 0
Asus P5Q-EM (Intel G45 200/800 C2D E6750 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 4776
Asus P5Q-EM (Intel G45 200/800 C2D E6750 Onboard G45 ) 0
Foxconn A7DA-S (AMD 790GX 200/800 AM2 X2 5000+ GF 8800GTS 320MB) 3921
Foxconn A7DA-S (AMD 790GX 200/800 AM2 X2 5000+ onboard HD 3300 video) 0
ECS A780GM-A (AMD 780G 200/800 AM2 X2 5000+ GF 8800GTS 320MB) 3914
ECS A780GM-A (AMD 780G 200/800 AM2 X2 5000+ Onboard HD 3200 Video 0
Biostar Tpower N750 (NF 750a 200/800 AM2 X2 5000+ GF 8800GTS 320MB) 3938
Biostar Tpower N750 (NF 750a 200/800 AM2 X2 5000+ onboard nF 750a video) 0
Biostar TF8200 A2+ (GF 8200 200/800 AM2 X2 5000+ GF 8800GTS 320MB) 3910

Like every IGP motherboard tested in 3D Mark Vantage 06's Performance benchmark so far, the Asus P5Q-EM wasn't able to run through the full cycle of tests on its own. When paired with an NVIDIA 8800 GTS, however, it rose to the top of the performance lists.

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
Maximum 1024x768: Points Ranking
Intel DG45ID (Intel G45 200/800 C2D E6750 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 133
Intel DG45ID (Intel G45 200/800 C2D E6750 Onboard G45 ) 9
Asus P5Q-EM (Intel G45 200/800 C2D E6750 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 133
Asus P5Q-EM (Intel G45 200/800 C2D E6750 Onboard G45 ) 11
ECS G33T-M2 (Intel G33 200/800 C2D E6600 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 185
ECS G33T-M2 (Intel G33 200/800 C2D E6600 Onboard G33 Video) 5
Foxconn A7DA-S (AMD 790GX 200/800 AM2 X2 5000+ GF 8800GTS 320MB) 118
Foxconn A7DA-S (AMD 790GX 200/800 AM2 X2 5000+ onboard HD 3300 video) 12
ECS A780GM-A (AMD 780G 200/800 AM2 X2 5000+ GF 8800GTS 320MB) 156
ECS A780GM-A (AMD 780G 200/800 AM2 X2 5000+ Onboard HD 3200 Video 8
Foxconn A690GM2MA-RS2H (AMD 690G 200/800 AM2 X2 5000+ GF 8800GTS 320MB) 163
Foxconn A690GM2MA-RS2H (AMD 690G 200/800 AM2 X2 5000+ Onboard Video) 4
Biostar Tpower N750 (NF 750a 200/800 AM2 X2 5000+ GF 8800GTS 320MB) 121
Biostar Tpower N750 (NF 750a 200/800 AM2 X2 5000+ onboard nF 750a video) 6
Biostar TF8200 A2+ (GF 8200 200/800 AM2 X2 5000+ GF 8800GTS 320MB) 128
Biostar TF8200 A2+ (GF 8200 200/800 AM2 X2 5000+ onboard GF 8200 video) 19
Biostar TF8200 A2+ (GF 8200 200/800 AM2 X2 5000+ Geforce Boost w/h GF 8500GT) 45

The Geforce 8200 and Radeon HD 3300 IGPs both beat out the Intel GMA X4500HD video, although none of the integrated graphics are powerful enough to get playable framerates in FEAR, a game released in 2006.

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Contents of Article: ASUS P5Q-EM
 Pg 1.  Asus P5Q-EM Intel G45 Express Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Intel G45 Express Chipset
 Pg 3.  High Definition Video Playback
 Pg 4.  Total System Power Draw Comparisons
 Pg 5.  Asus P5Q-EM Motherboard Highlights
 Pg 6.  Overclocking Test Report, Test System Specs
 Pg 7.  Motherboard Benchmarks: SYSmark 2007 Preview
 Pg 8.  Motherboard Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra 2008 - Processor
 Pg 9.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Sandra - Memory
 Pg 10.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PCMark Vantage
 Pg 11.  Motherboard IGP Benchmarks: 3DMark06
 Pg 12.  — Motherboard IGP Benchmarks: 3DMark Vantage, FEAR
 Pg 13.  DX10 Motherboard IGP Benchmarks: Call of Juarez, Crysis
 Pg 14.  Intel X4500HD Graphics - Smooth HD Playback?

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