System Setup and Benchmarks Used

Testing Setup

Our testing setup for this Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 review is basically the same as we used in our previous Intel Core 2 reviews.  One of the other two motherboards tested in our benchmarks uses the Intel 975X chipset; a chipset that is older than the 965, but was aimed at the enthusiast market. 

Intel Core 2 Duo Test System Setup


Intel Core 2 Duo E6700 @ 2.67 GHz


Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3
Asus P5B Deluxe P965 Motherboard – Review
Asus P5W DH Deluxe 975X MotherboardReview


Corsair TWIN2X2048-6400C4

Hard Drive

Western Digital Raptor 150 GB – Review

Sound Card

Sound Blaster Audigy 2 Value

Video Card

ATI X1900 XTX (650/775)Review

Video Drivers

Catalyst 6.8

DirectX Version

DX 9.0c

Operating System

Windows XP Professional SP1


  • SiSoft Sandra 2005.SR3
  • Everest Ultimate Edition 2006
  • World Bench 5
  • Windows Media Encoder 9
  • DivX 6.1
  • CineBench 9.5
  • SPECviewperf 8.01
  • WinRAR 3.51
  • 3DMark06
  • FEAR 1.03
  • Call of Duty 2 1.01
  • PCMark05
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