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Written by Bruce Normann - Edited by Olin Coles   
Sunday, 25 January 2009
Table of Contents: Page Index
Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P DDR2 P45 Motherboard
Gigabyte P45 Features
GA-EP45-UD3P Specifications
Closer Look: GA-EP45-UD3P
EP45-UD3P Detailed Features
EP45-UD3P Component Layout
GA-EP45-UD3P BIOS
Motherboard Testing Methodology
3DMark06 Benchmarks
PCMark05 Benchmarks
CINEBENCH R10 Benchmarks
Crysis Benchmark Results
Lightsmark 2008 Benchmarks
Power Consumption
P45 Final Thoughts
GA-EP45-UD3P Conclusion

Testing Methodology

At the start of all tests, the HDD (or SSD) is loaded with a fesh image of the OS, with standard VGA drivers. Then chipset drivers are loaded and any other drivers needed for the support hardware. Then a known good version of the video card drivers is installed, and all necessary security updates are installed. Finally, all the benchmarking applications are installed, and that's it. This is not your Father's PC, it doen't need Word, Excel and Powerpoint... Once the hardware is prepared and checked for stability, we begin our testing. With higher-end products we conduct tests at the following resolutions: 1280x1024 (19" Standard LCD), 1680x1050 (22-24" Widescreen LCD), and 1920x1200 (24-28" Widescreen LCD). In the high resolution tests we utilized widescreen monitor resolutions, since more users are beginning to feature these products for their own computing.

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. This process is extremely important in the Crysis benchmarks, as the first run serves to cache maps, allowing subsequent tests to perform much better than the first. Each test is completed five times, with the average results displayed in our article.

Our site polls and statistics indicate that the over 90% of our visitors use their PC for playing video games, and practically every one of you are using a screen resolutions mentioned above. Since all of the benchmarks we use for testing represent different game engine technology and graphic rendering processes, I feel that this battery of tests will provide a diverse range of results for you to gauge performance on your own computer system. Since most gamers and enthusiasts are still using Windows XP, it was decided that DirectX 9 would be used for all tests until demand and software support improve for Windows Vista.

Test System

  • Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P Rev 1.1
  • System Memory: 4X 1GB Corsair Dominator DDR2 800MHz (4-4-4-12)
  • Processor: Intel E7300 Core 2 Duo 2.66GHz (Overclocked to 3.6+ GHz)
  • CPU Cooler: CoolerMaster Hyper 212 RR-CCH-LB12-GP
  • Audio: On-Board Realtek ALC889A Audio
  • Video: ASUS EAH4850 TOP 512MB GDDR3 PCI-E 2.0
  • Drive 1: OCZ Core v2 SSD, 30GB (OS and Programs)
  • Drive 2: Seagate ST3750330AS 750GB 7200.11 (Cache and Data)
  • Optical Drive: Sony NEC Optiarc AD-7190A-OB 20X IDE DVD Burner
  • Enclosure: SiverStone Fortress FT01BW ATX Case
  • PSU: Corsair CMPSU-750TX ATX12V V2.2 750Watt
  • Monitor: SOYO 24" Widescreen LCD Monitor (DYLM24E6) 1920X1200
  • Operating System: Windows XP SP3

Note: I did all benchmark testing with the Intel ICH10R controller pushing the SSD and HDD around. I did some drive benchmarking between the Intel and JMicron controller, but that's for another article. Suffice it to say; if you are using an SSD, load the OS and programs on it, and hook it up to the ICH10R.

Benchmark Applications

  • 3DMark06 v1.1.0 (8x Anti Aliasing & 16x Anisotropic Filtering)
  • PCMark05 v1.2.0 System Test Suite for Windows XP
  • Crysis v1.21 Benchmark (High Settings, 4X and No Anti Aliasing)
  • Devil May Cry 4 Benchmark Demo (Ultra Quality, 8x MSAA)
  • Lightsmark 2008 v2.0
  • CINEBENCH Release 10
  • EVEREST Ultimate Edition v4.60.1594 Beta

Support Equipment

  • P3 International Kill A Watt EZ (model P4460)
  • Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L Rev 2.0
  • 2X 1GB Corsair Dominator DDR2 800MHz (3-4-3-9)
  • 2X 1GB OCZ Reaper HPC DDR2 1150MHz (5-5-5-15)



 

Comments 

 
# comentarioalcides 2010-09-16 23:06
es realmente espectacular , quiero armar otra pc no se si poner la misma placa, la p45 o de la nueva generacion i5 , quiero su opinion,.
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# comentarioalcides 2010-09-16 23:13
Estoy usando la placa es GA- P45 - EP45 UD3PDDR2 y realmente espectacular Con sitema Operativo Windows 7 final, quiero Armar Otra maquina y de no se si USAR La Misma placa o Las Nuevas I5 Su opinión quiero , gracias.
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