Testing Configuration and Benchmarks UsedAs always we start our testing by looking at some CPU-Z screenshots to see how the hardware is functioning with our default testing settings enabled.
When not overclocked, the P6T Deluxe motherboard properly down clocks the Core i7 processor to its lowest multiplier – 12x – to help reduce power consumption and heat output.
The memory is running *almost* at 1333 MHz, though the ASUS board puts just a slight artificial speed bump to it getting to 1336 MHz.
When under a full load, the Core i7-96 EE processor, which is rated at 3.20 GHz, runs at 3.341 GHz; this is due to Intel’s Turbo Mode technology and the additional 1x multiplier attributed to the CPU during heavy processing.
As you might imagine the testing configuration for our review of the ASUS P6T Deluxe is nearly identical to the configuration used in our initial Nehalem review. The ASUS P6T Deluxe will be compared to the Intel DX58SO ‘Smackover’ motherboard for our X58 comparison and I included the P45 chipset (with the QX9770 CPU) and the AMD 790GX chipset (with the Phenom X4 9950 CPU) for a platform to platform comparison.
Corsair TR3X6G1600C8D three-channel 6GB memory kit used in testing
- SiSoft Sandra 2009 SP1
- CineBench 10
- LAME 3.97a MP3 Encoder
- Handbrake DVD compression
- 3DMark Vantage
- Far Cry 2
- PCMark Vantage
- HDTach 126.96.36.199 – SATA, eSATA, USB