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Written by Olin Coles   
Tuesday, 05 August 2008
Table of Contents: Page Index
Gigabyte GA-EP45T-EXTREME P45 Motherboard
Intel P45 Specifications
GA-EP45T-EXTREME Unique Features
Advanced Dynamic Energy Saver
GA-EP45T-EXTREME BIOS Part 1
GA-EP45T-EXTREME BIOS Part 2
Closer Look: GA-EP45T-EXTREME
GA-EP45T-EXTREME Details
Component Layout
Motherboard Testing Methodology
PCMark05 System Tests
PCMark Vantage System Tests
World in Conflict Results
Crysis Benchmark Comparison
Power Consumption Results
Intel P45 Express Final Thoughts
Gigabyte GA-EP45T-EXTREME Conclusion

PCMark Vantage System Tests

PCMark Vantage is the first objective hardware performance benchmark for PCs running 32 and 64 bit versions of Microsoft Windows Vista. PCMark Vantage is perfectly suited for benchmarking any type of Microsoft Windows Vista PC from multimedia home entertainment systems and laptops to dedicated workstations and hi-end gaming rigs.

Regardless of whether the person benchmarking is an artist or an IT Professional, PCMark Vantage shows the user where their system soars or falls flat, and how to get the most performance possible out of their hardware. PCMark Vantage is easy enough for even the most casual enthusiast to use yet supports in-depth, professional industry grade testing.

After less than impressive results on the first day of testing with PCMark05, I hoped that Windows Vista Ultimate would create a wider divide between the motherboards and put one out ahead of the other.

PCMark Vantage was benchmark tested five times and the results averaged in the chart above. For the most part, final results were once again so close they are virtually identical; however there were considerably different scores on particular tests that favor one product over another.

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In PCMark Vantage the ASUS Striker II NSE falls behind almost 5% in overall PC Marks, for whatever they're worth. The X48 motherboard also led by a margin in the Memory, TV & Movies, Communication, and Productivity test sections. Gigabyte's GA-EP45T-EXTREME P45 motherboard kept in-step with the GA-X48T-DQ6 for the most part, but was much closer to the 790i chipset in terms of Disk Driver performance.

Conversely, the nForce 790i SLI motherboard showed some strength in the Gaming, Music, and Disk Drive sections. I'm not sure what algorithm PCMark Vantage uses to calculate Marks, but both motherboards felt identical throughout this testing.

Now that I have confirmed that almost two days worth of testing have gone to waste on a collection of identically performing products, I move on to the World in Conflict benchmark results in hope of finding some margin of difference in graphics performance.



 

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