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Written by Mathew Williams   
Monday, 23 February 2009
Table of Contents: Page Index
ASUS P5Q3 LGA775 Intel P45 ATX Motherboard
ASUS P5Q3 Features
ASUS P5Q3 Specifications
Closer Look: ASUS P5Q3
ASUS P5Q3 Detailed Features
Motherboard Testing Methodology
3DMark06 Benchmarks
PCMark05 Benchmarks
SiSoft Sandra
Lavalys EVEREST
Crysis Benchmark Results
World in Conflict Benchmarks
ASUS P5Q3 Power Consumption
ASUS P5Q3 Final Thoughts
ASUS P5Q3 Conclusion

ASUS P5Q3 Final Thoughts

Throughout all of our benchmarking today, one thing is clear: the combination of the ASUS P5Q3 and a set of low latency DDR3 modules does offer a slight performance advantage over a P45/DDR2 based system. Once you account for variability and sources of error, though, it really is a slim lead. In fact, a set of high-bandwidth DDR2 modules could probably out perform some of the lower-end DDR3 kits out there. It's important to keep in mind, though, the results of our benchmarks should only be generalized to P45 based motherboards. Other chipsets may offer completely different performance dynamics, particularly with Intel Core 2 based CPU's as the memory controller is part of the chipset itself.

That said, another important consideration is performance per dollar. The recent Core i7 and Phenom II launched have driven DDR3 prices down, but DDR2 is still considered mainstream and tends to be sold for less. DDR3 based motherboards are generally more expensive as well. Our P45 based test systems, though, are fairly well match in price. The ASUS P5Q-E and Corsair DDR2 used in this review can be had for roughly $246, while the ASUS P5Q3 and OCZ DDR3 can be found for $276. Of course, these are all high-end components. If you're going with a budget system, DDR2 based platforms will almost be cheaper.

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So, is it time to run out and upgrade your motherboard and RAM? If you're already have a decent Core 2 build with good DDR2 modules, my suggestion would be no. The performance increase just isn't enough. You'd be better off getting a new video card or upgrading your whole system to the new Core i7 platform. If, on the other hand, you're looking to build a new Core 2 system, a DDR3 based motherboard will offer slightly better performance. I'm tempted to say that it's also more future-proof, but with the market conditions in their current state, it's hard to say. If you do spring for DDR3, though, the ASUS P5Q3 is definitely a great motherboard.



 

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# p5q3 asus can support apacer ddr3 ram ?roden 2010-06-16 02:51
im using p5q3 motherboard
i have bought 2x2gb ddr3 apacer ram , it couldent run but only pc fan in turning.
i was previouse using mushkin 2x 2g ddr3 ram it run properly so i try to add more ram with ddr3 apacer ram, but it coulden't run. even i unplug the mushkin and add only apacer ram the result is same fail to run.
the problem is the apacer ram packaging told us it run and it is design for brand-name asus,acer,dell,ibm ,etc...
why! please help
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# marngarthramdar 2010-09-28 00:54
Infact i like this motherbord but the only onething is that it doesn't have the normal VGA port, so how can i use it with the normal monitors
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# Video CardBruceBruce 2010-09-28 03:58
This motherboard does not have the graphics adapter built in. You need to purchase a separate graphics card.
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# Computer Repair Las Vegas- Question about a Laptop Repair company in Las Vegas? Can you guys on benchmarkreviews.com help me?A_Maid_For_You 2013-04-11 14:05
I Seem to remember a few of you guys live in the Las Vegas area. My Laptop Lcd screen is busted, and I am trying to find a cheap Laptop repair Las Vegas store. A member here on benchmarkreviews.com said to call Compudoc Computer Repair. I dont remember who it was. I see a place called Computer doc at 708 South Jones Boulevard Las Vegas, Nv, 89107. I called 702-871-1881 and the number is no good. Is this the place?
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