|Intel DX58SO Smackover X58 Motherboard|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Motherboards|
|Written by Miles Cheatham - Edited by Olin Coles|
|Tuesday, 23 December 2008|
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This is Benchmark Review's fifth article where the Intel i7 series of processor was used. The focus in this review shifts from solely the processor to more that of the motherboard. In our other releases we strictly used the Intel DX58S0 Smackover motherboard with the only comparison being the different processors we tested. Today we'll use a single processor, the Intel i7-965 Extreme Edition and compare its performance using the Intel DX58S0 heads-up versus the ASUS P6T X58 Deluxe Motherboard. In our previous reviews we also compared a previous generation X48 motherboard, the ASUS P5E3 using an overclocked Intel X3350 processor to establish some semblance of comparison to then versus now. To put is mildly, the P5E3 and X3350 were completely outclassed in every arena except for gaming in which the results were a bit closer. For that reason to day we will be comparing only the two X58 motherboards using the fastest processor currently on the planet, mano-a-mano. For those extreme enthusiasts out there we also tested both motherboards using our full array of benchmarks overclocked.
Unfortunately when testing systems of this type there is not set of "grass roots" tests that will completely speak to the to the system's overall performance. It is therefore necessary to comparatively test the performance of the CPU, Memory, Hard Drive(s) and Graphical Rendering and then draw your assumptions from the results of these tests. We chose an array of benchmarking tools (captioned below) that we felt would give our readers a complete of a picture of each system's performance. Each benchmark test program begins after a system restart, and the very first result for every test will be ignored since it often only caches the test. We then ran each of the tests a minimum of three times and reported an average of each test's results. We ran enabled Turbo Boost on both motherboards with the processors at their stock clock speeds.