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Intel DG45ID Intel G45 Express Motherboard Review

Intel DG45ID Intel G45 Express Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: ntel's also been a little more playful lately, and have upgraded the on-board graphics capabilities of the DG45ID as well. Intel's updated GMA X4500HD graphics now supports high-definition video acceleration, as well as better 2D and 3D graphics support and an HDMI output capable of carrying video and audio.
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External Mfg. Website: Intel Apr 27 2009   Julian Apong  
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BIOS Options and Motherboard Power Draw

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.

Intel's motherboards are a little more conservative when it comes to tweakable options for overclocking. It's simply not what these types of motherboards are designed for.

The most important memory settings are listed here, and can be set to automatic, manual or SPD modes to determine the proper timings for system memory.

The Intel DG45ID has a menu page dedicated towards hardware monitoring, which also lets you set warning and shutdown conditions should voltages or temperatures ever go too high.

The integrated graphics automatically draws from system memory, but it's possible to configure the amount of memory used, or disable the on-board graphics altogether if you have a discrete graphics card. Let's see just how much juice the DG45ID will be taking out of your wall socket...

Total System Power Draw Comparisons

Here's how the motherboard stacks up in real life against a couple different motherboards. We have no way of directly measuring motherboard power draw, so PCSTATS measures total system power draw and compares that in CPU-loaded (max value recorded in Prime95) and idle states (at Windows Vista desktop). An Extech 380803 AC Power Analyzer and A-PFC compliant PC Power and Cooling 750W power supply were used for these tests.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportSystem Power Draw Tests: (PCPower 750W PSU)
Desktop Idle (W) Watts Ranking
Intel DG45ID (Intel G45 200/800 C2D E6750 Onboard G45 ) 68
Asus P5Q-EM (Intel G45 200/800 C2D E6750 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 131
Asus P5Q-EM (Intel G45 200/800 C2D E6750 Onboard G45 ) 72
Foxconn A7DA-S (AMD 790GX 200/800 AM2 X2 5000+ GF 8800GTS 320MB) 131
Foxconn A7DA-S (AMD 790GX 200/800 AM2 X2 5000+ onboard HD 3300 video) 61
Biostar Tpower N750 (NF 750a 200/800 AM2 X2 5000+ GF 8800GTS 320MB) 110
Biostar Tpower N750 (NF 750a 200/800 AM2 X2 5000+ onboard nF 750a video) 45.4
Prime95 Stressed (W) Watts Ranking
Intel DG45ID (Intel G45 200/800 C2D E6750 Onboard G45 ) 121
Asus P5Q-EM (Intel G45 200/800 C2D E6750 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 224
Asus P5Q-EM (Intel G45 200/800 C2D E6750 Onboard G45 ) 122
Foxconn A7DA-S (AMD 790GX 200/800 AM2 X2 5000+ GF 8800GTS 320MB) 192
Foxconn A7DA-S (AMD 790GX 200/800 AM2 X2 5000+ onboard HD 3300 video) 121
Biostar Tpower N750 (NF 750a 200/800 AM2 X2 5000+ GF 8800GTS 320MB) 187
Biostar Tpower N750 (NF 750a 200/800 AM2 X2 5000+ onboard nF 750a video) 127
3DM06 IGP Stressed (W): Watts Ranking
Intel DG45ID (Intel G45 200/800 C2D E6750 Onboard G45 ) 115
Asus P5Q-EM (Intel G45 200/800 C2D E6750 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 182
Asus P5Q-EM (Intel G45 200/800 C2D E6750 Onboard G45 ) 119
Foxconn A7DA-S (AMD 790GX 200/800 AM2 X2 5000+ GF 8800GTS 320MB) 223
Foxconn A7DA-S (AMD 790GX 200/800 AM2 X2 5000+ onboard HD 3300 video) 124
Biostar Tpower N750 (NF 750a 200/800 AM2 X2 5000+ GF 8800GTS 320MB) 226
Biostar Tpower N750 (NF 750a 200/800 AM2 X2 5000+ onboard nF 750a video) 118

The Intel DG45ID's idle power levels are a shade lower than that of Asus P5Q-EM motherboard, which is built on the same chipset. Even after the IGP and CPU are stressed, the DG45ID manages to stay right in line with the other integrated motherboards.

Prelude to Benchmarks

The details of how the Intel DG45ID motherboard test system was configured for benchmarking; the specific hardware, software drivers, operating system and benchmark versions is indicated below. In the second column are the general specs for the reference platforms this Intel G45 Express chipset-based motherboard is to be compared against. Please take a moment to look over PCSTATS test system configurations before moving on to the individual benchmark results on the next page.

PCSTATS Test System Configurations
Test System Reference System #1 Reference System #1
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 (775) AMD Athlon64 X2 5000+ (AM2) Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 (775)
Clock Speed: 8 x 333 = 2.66GHz 13 x 200 MHz = 2.6 GHz 8 x 333 = 2.66GHz
Motherboard:

ASUS P5Q-EM (Intel G45)
Intel DG45ID (Intel G45)

ECS A780GM-A (AMD 780G)
Biostar TF8200 A2+ (Geforce 8200)
Foxconn A690GM2MA (AMD 690G)
Foxconn A7DA-S (AMD 790GX)
Biostar Tpower N750 (NF 750a)

Intel DG45ID (Intel G45)
ECS G33T-M2 (Intel G33)
Asus P5NT Deluxe (NF 780i)
MSI P6N Diamond (NF 680i)
Biostar TF7150V-M7 (GF 7150)
Asrock Penryn1600SLIX3 (NF 680i)
Gigabyte GA-P35-DQ6 (P35 Express)
MSI P35 Platinum (P35 Express)
Biostar TP35D3-A7 Deluxe (P35 Express)
Asus BLITZ Formula (P35 Express)
Foxconn MARS (P35 Express)
Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 (X38 Express)
Asus Maximus Extreme (X38 Express)
Biostar TPower I45 (P45 Express)
ECS P45T-A (P45 Express)
MSI X48 Platinum (X48 Express)

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

2x 1024MB Corsair Twin2X2048-6400C4

2x 1024MB Corsair Twin2X2048-8888C4D
Hard Drive: 74GB Western Digital Raptor WD740
CDROM: AOpen Combo 52x
PowerSupply: PC Power & Cooling TurboCool 750W
Heatsink: Intel E6750 Reference AMD Athlon64 FX-62 Reference Intel E6750 Reference
Software Setup: Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate
Intel INF 9.0.0.1009
nVidia Forceware 169.25

Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate
nVidia NF 15.24
ATi Catalyst 8.8
nVIDIA Forceware 169.25

Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate
Intel INF 9.0.0.1009
nVidia Forceware 169.25
Benchmarks:

SYSMark 2007 Preview
SiSoft Sandra 2008
PCMark Vantage
3DMark06
3DMark Vantage
FEAR
Call of Juarez
Crysis

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Contents of Article: Intel DG45ID
 Pg 1.  Intel DG45ID Intel G45 Express Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  High Definition Video via G45 Express
 Pg 3.  Motherboard Highlights Photo Gallery
 Pg 4.  — BIOS Options and Motherboard Power Draw
 Pg 5.  Motherboard Benchmarks: SYSmark 2007 Preview
 Pg 6.  Motherboard Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra 2008 - Processor
 Pg 7.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Sandra - Memory
 Pg 8.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PCMark Vantage
 Pg 9.  Motherboard IGP Benchmarks: 3DMark06, 3DMark Vantage
 Pg 10.  Motherboard IGP Benchmarks: FEAR
 Pg 11.  Intel X4500HD Graphics - Sooth HD Playback?

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