Testing the mobo started in a SFF case but ended up being moved into an Antec case for further testing. Mainly because the Antec case had better access to change out parts.
- Gigabyte GA-P35C-DS3R motherboard (F1 bios)
- Kingston DDR3 Ram
- Evga 8800GTS video card
- Intel E6600 Processor
- 250gig SATA Drive
- NEC 3550A DVD/CD ROM
- Antec Truepower Trio 650W PSU
Benchmark scores with PCMark05 (By Futuremark) and Sandra (By SiSoftware).
[H] for higher the better scores and [L] for lower the better scores.
When I was testing some DDR3 ram on this board, I tried out the Kingston KHX6400D2ULK2/2G kit but did not test with it as the timings were not set right in the bios. There was no way to adjust them correctly. Even the Cool tools or Easytune tools did not let you adjust the timings. Also, Memset should work once it is updated to work with the P35 chipset.
In general game benchmarking, Quake 4 pulled a 58 FPS (frames per second).
Call of Duty 2 (COD2), the other game I been using for benchmarking, pulled a 55 FPS.
Ram and motherboard information from CPU-Z.
Overclocking on the board was an easy task. I just bumped up the FSB from 266 (2.4GHz) up to 333 (3.0Ghz). I ran all of the FutureMark test from 3dMark03 thru 3DMark06 and the full PCMark05 suite. I also ran Orthos for 24 hours to check for stability.
Here's a check on the overclocked memory marks. These are much closer to the true speeds of the memory.
As mentioned earlier, the motherboard has very simple memory timing adjustments. As I move the speed up on the motherboard it automatically adjusts the ram settings to these listed below.
Lastlu, here are all of the same benchmarks as above but with the system overclocked.
Overall, this board has been stable and worked a lot better than the Evga 680i I replaced this board with. Disavantages have been that you can not adjust the ram timings (for either DDR2 or DDR3) and limited speed settings for the DDR3 to 1066. With overclocking I was able to get the FSB up to 1332 but the motherboard adjusted the settings on the ram even though the RAM could handle the speed at the higher settings.
The new components have reduced the power that is needed to run the motherboard and they are using less power rails. With the new chipset you gain lots of USB devices and better quality sound with this motherboard (HD / Blue ray ready). The C1E is limiting the processor power like it was designed to (I disabled it as I want my system running at full speed), but it can cause people to wonder if there is something wrong with their system. The setting should be set more aggressive since this board is geared towards gamers.
Gigabyte needs to look into why the HS for the Northbridge popped off during shipping. If it was any heavier, it could have caused some damage to the chipset or some other component on the motherboard.