System Setup and Benchmarks Used

Testing Setup

Our testing setup for the nForce 680i 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

CPU

Intel Core 2 Duo E6700 @ 2.67 GHz

Motherboards

EVGA nForce 680i Motherboard
Asus P5B Deluxe P965 Motherboard – Review
Asus P5W DH Deluxe 975X MotherboardReview

Memory 

Corsair Dominator 9136-C5D
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 6.9

DirectX Version

DX 9.0c

Operating System

Windows XP Professional SP1

Benchmarks:

  • SiSoft Sandra 2007.SP1
  • Everest Ultimate Edition 2006
  • World Bench 5
  • Windows Media Encoder 9
  • DivX 6.1
  • LAME MT
  • CineBench 9.5
  • SPECviewperf 8.01
  • WinRAR 3.51
  • 3DMark06
  • FEAR 1.03
  • Call of Duty 2 1.01
  • PCMark05
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