Asus P5Q Deluxe: Intel P45 has arrived

May 28, 2008 | 08:21

Tags: #analysis #benchmark #bios #ddr2 #deluxe #efficiency #engine #epu #motherboard #overclocking #p45 #performance #power #review #six #tesing

Companies: #asus #intel

Testing Methods:

With the exception of SiSoft Sandra, HD Tach and Lavalys Everest , all of our benchmarks have been engineered to give you numbers that you are likely to find useful when actually using the products we have evaluated in the real world.

We are also focusing a lot more of our time on evaluating the stability of the motherboards (and platforms) using a stress test designed to highlight any of the potential weaknesses that the product may have. That involves a gradually increasing amount of stress starting with Prime95 torture test on all cores and expanding to a looping 3DMark06. This is to ensure that all parts of the system are stressed simultaneously over a period of time.

We believe that the consumer is never likely to subject their platform to this level of stress and we are not expecting every product to complete an entire extended stress test. However, most poorly engineered products fail within the first couple of hours, or even minutes, allowing us to make a conscious decision on whether a motherboard (or platform) is worth your money, regardless of how well it performs in our benchmarks.

Asus P5Q Deluxe: Intel P45 has arrived Testing Methods

Test Setup:


  • Asus P5Q Deluxe (Intel P45, DDR2, 0302 BIOS)
  • Gigabyte GA-X48T-DQ6 (Intel X48, DDR3, F4 BIOS)
  • Abit IX38 QuadGT (Intel X38, DDR2, "12" BIOS)
  • Gigabyte GA-EP35-DS4 (Intel P35, DDR2, F3 BIOS)
  • MSI P35 Diamond (Intel P35, DDR3, 2.2 BIOS)
Common Components:
  • Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 (45nm, 12MB L2 cache, 8.5x1,333MHz; 2.83GHz)
  • 2GB DDR2 800MHz at the lowest timings where possible
  • Nvidia GeForce 9800 GTX
  • Two AMD ATI Radeon HD 3870 512MB in CrossFire
  • PC Power and Cooling Silencer 750W PSU
  • Seagate 7200.9 250GB SATA Hard Drive
  • Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit SP1
  • Nvidia Forceware 174.74 WHQL
  • ATI Catalyst 8.4 WHQL

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