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Two top contenders from Asus go head to head

First INQpression Asus P5W DH Deluxe vs. Asus P5B-E
Wed Dec 20 2006, 16:34
WE DECIDED to take some Asus boards on a ride and we did it just before the Yule. The boards we had in our hands are the top the current offerings from Asus and we had the best 975X board that it had available and decided to compare it to Asus P965 board. You can see this as an overclocking and chipset manifest as much as a competition between two Asus products.

We also have to say that there is a big price difference between these two products. The first board that we tested is called P5W DH Deluxe and is the top offering from the Asus 975X. This is the chipset with loads of features but in our case it didn't want to run 1066 memory, but it would do up to 950MHz just fine. The P5W DH Deluxe is Quad core and Core 2 Duo ready and has four memory slots for up to 8GB of memory. The Northbridge is cooled by heat pipe and the board has two PCIe 16X slots, three PCI and two PCIe 1X slots.

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Asus P5W DH Deluxe box

If you use two graphics cards as Crossfire is supported the cards will run at PCIe 8X mode but this won't affect the performance by much. The board has some nice features such as Dual Gigabit x Marvell 88E8053 Gigabit LAN, eS-ATA, Dolby digital live 5.1 support in the chipset and some nice toys such as Asus EZ-Backup. The board supports CPUs with 800 MHz or 1066 MHz FSB. It features ASUS 8-Phase Power Design. Realtek ALC882M takes care of the audio and you have 5.1 connectors, optical or SPDIF on board.

The board even comes with a remote and a wireless LAN antenna as the Wlan is also here. The board has three different Storage controllers and all together they provide six S-ATA II ports and two IDE. The Intel ICH7R Southbridge provides support for one UltraDMA 100/66/33 and three Serial ATA 3.0Gb/s with Matrix Storage Technology with RAID 0, 1, 5 support. The second controller, a Jmicron JMB363 provides the support for one UltraDMA 133/100/66 and one External Serial ATA 3.0Gb/s (ASUS S-ATA-on-the-Go) and one Serial ATA 3.0Gb/s with RAID 0, 1 and JBOD support. The third controller is the Silicon Image 4723 Hardware RAID controller with ASUS EZ-Backup support. This one supports two Serial ATA 3.0Gb/s with RAID 0, 1 support.

The board has two PS2 ports, Com port, S/PDIF optical audio, FireWire and eS-ATA, four USB 2.0 and two 1 Gbit lan cards, 5.1 audio and mini Wi-fi card with an antenna connector. The board uses AMI BIOS which has some nice features for overclocking. We had some success trying but the memory simply didn't want to run at 1066 settings whatever we tried. DDR2 950 MHz was the best we could do. This great package costs around €180 in etail.

The second board we compared was Asus P5B-E powered with the newer P965 chipset. The board supports Quad core and Core 2 Duo CPUs and all the older Pentium 4s that can fit in socket 775. the board supports FSB 533, 800 or 1066 and can support up to 8GB of DDR2 800 or slower memory.

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Asus P5W DH Deluxe overclocking

It has a single PCIe x16 slot so no Crossfire here, three PCI slots and two PCIe x1 slots. The chipset is passively cooled and the board looks plain yellow. There is nothing fancy about the visual aspect of the board. Southbridge provides support for six S-ATA 3.0 Gb/s ports with Intel Matrix Storage marchitecture and support for RAID 0, 1, 5 and 10. The Micron JMB363 P-ATA and S-ATA controller provides the support for an additional UDMA 133 controller, one internal and one external S-ATA II port. Asus uses Attansic L1 PCI-E Gigabit LAN controller. ADI provides 8-channel High Definition Audio while the VIA VT6307 takes care of two firewire ports. The board supports up to ten USB 2.0. The board has total of seven S-ATA connectors which should be enough for just about anyone.

Asus provides bunch of overclocking tools with the boards as well and you can increase the frequency in 1MHZ steps and you can play with CPU and memory voltages.

The back panel includes two PS2 ports, one parallel port, one Spdif Coax and Optical, one eS-ATA, one Firewire 1394, one LAN RJ45 port four USB 2.0 and 8 Channel audio connectors. The board costs around €125 at press time.

Due to the timing issue we brought you the overclocking numbers just from 975X board but the other board could overclock just as much.

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Asus P5W DH Deluxe board

Benchmarketing
We used:
Intel Core 2 Duo E6700, 2x 2.67GHz, 266MHz FSB, 4MB Cache
Corsair Dominator TWIN2X1024-8500 at 5-5-5-15 at 800 MHz
Leadtek Winfast PX8800 Geforce 8800 GTS
Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 400GB SATA NCQ hard drive
Akasa EVO AK 922 Blue Athlon 64/X2/FX cooler and Intel CPU's
OCZ 700W GameXstream power supply

Quake 4
1024x768
1280x1024
1600x1200
2048x1536
Asus P5B-E +8800GT Leadtek +Dominator 2GB -- CPU 2667MHz
218.8
208.8
192.5
146.1
Asus P5W DH Deluxe+8800GT Leadtek +Dominator 2GB -- CPU 2670MHz
218.9
207.0
192.2
145.5
Asus P5W DH Deluxe +8800GT Leadtek +Dominator 2GB -- CPU 3421MHz
270.5
252.4
214.6
148.4
? ? ? ? ?
Quake 4 High Quality FSAA 4X + Aniso 8X
1024x768
1280x1024
1600x1200
2048x1536
Asus P5B-E +8800GT Leadtek +Dominator 2GB -- CPU 2667MHz
199.8
180.0
150.3
101.2
Asus P5W DH Deluxe+8800GT Leadtek +Dominator 2GB -- CPU 2670MHz
200.6
180.0
150.1
101.5
Asus P5W DH Deluxe +8800GT Leadtek +Dominator 2GB -- CPU 3421MHz
241.9
198.8
153.9
101.5
? ? ? ? ?
FEAR
1024x768
1280x960
1600x1200
2048x1536
Asus P5B-E +8800GT Leadtek +Dominator 2GB -- CPU 2667MHz
173
139
108
73
Asus P5W DH Deluxe+8800GT Leadtek +Dominator 2GB -- CPU 2670MHz
179
141
105
73
Asus P5W DH Deluxe +8800GT Leadtek +Dominator 2GB -- CPU 3421MHz
185
141
105
73
? ? ? ? ?
FEAR High Quality FSAA 4X + Aniso 16X
1024x768
1280x960
1600x1200
2048x1536
Asus P5B-E +8800GT Leadtek +Dominator 2GB -- CPU 2667MHz
116
83
59
37
Asus P5W DH Deluxe+8800GT Leadtek +Dominator 2GB -- CPU 2670MHz
114
80
56
34
Asus P5W DH Deluxe +8800GT Leadtek +Dominator 2GB -- CPU 3421MHz
116
80
56
34
? ? ? ? ?
Composite Figures 3Dmark 03
3DMark 03
Game2
Game3
Game4
Asus P5B-E +8800GT Leadtek +Dominator 2GB -- CPU 2667MHz
28334
240.0
176.5
157.5
Asus P5W DH Deluxe+8800GT Leadtek +Dominator 2GB -- CPU 2670MHz
28335
240.2
176.6
157.4
Asus P5W DH Deluxe +8800GT Leadtek +Dominator 2GB -- CPU 3421MHz
29113
240.5
178.2
157.5
? ? ? ? ?
CPU Test
CPU Score ?
CPU Test 1 ?
CPU Test 2
Asus P5B-E +8800GT Leadtek +Dominator 2GB -- CPU 2667MHz
1688
187.4
30.1
?
Asus P5W DH Deluxe+8800GT Leadtek +Dominator 2GB -- CPU 2670MHz
1677
187.5
29.7
30.8
Asus P5W DH Deluxe +8800GT Leadtek +Dominator 2GB -- CPU 3421MHz
2163
243.7
37.9
30.8
? ? ? ? ?
Composite Figures 3Dmark 03
Single Texturinng
Multi Textur.
Vertex Shader
Pixel Shader 2.0
Asus P5B-E +8800GT Leadtek +Dominator 2GB -- CPU 2667MHz
5098.1
11879.7
96.6
421.7
Asus P5W DH Deluxe+8800GT Leadtek +Dominator 2GB -- CPU 2670MHz
5098.0
11878.3
96.2
421.6
Asus P5W DH Deluxe +8800GT Leadtek +Dominator 2GB -- CPU 3421MHz
5098.1
11874.7
96.2
421.8
? ? ? ? ?
Composite Figures 3Dmark 05
3DMark 05
Game1
Game2
Game2
Asus P5B-E +8800GT Leadtek +Dominator 2GB -- CPU 2667MHz
14642
58.2
43.2
80.0
Asus P5W DH Deluxe+8800GT Leadtek +Dominator 2GB -- CPU 2670MHz
14713
58.8
43.4
79.9
Asus P5W DH Deluxe +8800GT Leadtek +Dominator 2GB -- CPU 3421MHz
15960
71.4
44.9
81.2
? ? ? ? ?
CPU Test
CPU Score ?
CPU Test 1 ?
CPU Test 2
Asus P5B-E +8800GT Leadtek +Dominator 2GB -- CPU 2667MHz
9937
5.1
8.5
64.8
Asus P5W DH Deluxe+8800GT Leadtek +Dominator 2GB -- CPU 2670MHz
9905
5.1
8.5
?
Asus P5W DH Deluxe +8800GT Leadtek +Dominator 2GB -- CPU 3421MHz
12556
6.5
10.8
30.8
? ? ? ? ?
Composite Figures 3Dmark 05
Single Texturinng
Multi Textur.
Pixel Shader

VS/VS
complex

Asus P5B-E +8800GT Leadtek +Dominator 2GB -- CPU 2667MHz
5150.2
11861.1
387.8
124.1/96.8
Asus P5W DH Deluxe+8800GT Leadtek +Dominator 2GB -- CPU 2670MHz
5150.2
11892.7
387.8
124.1/96.8
Asus P5W DH Deluxe +8800GT Leadtek +Dominator 2GB -- CPU 3421MHz
5150.2
11895.1
387.8
124.2/96.8
? ? ? ? ?
Composite Figures 3Dmark 06
3DMark 06
? ?
Asus P5B-E +8800GT Leadtek +Dominator 2GB -- CPU 2667MHz
8547
? ? ?
Asus P5W DH Deluxe+8800GT Leadtek +Dominator 2GB -- CPU 2670MHz
8554
? ? ?
Asus P5W DH Deluxe +8800GT Leadtek +Dominator 2GB -- CPU 3421MHz
9008
? ? ?
? ? ? ? ?
SM2.0 Test
Score
GT1
GT2


Asus P5B-E +8800GT Leadtek +Dominator 2GB -- CPU 2667MHz
3717
30.642
31.300
?
Asus P5W DH Deluxe+8800GT Leadtek +Dominator 2GB -- CPU 2670MHz
3727
30.694
31.415
Asus P5W DH Deluxe +8800GT Leadtek +Dominator 2GB -- CPU 3421MHz
3748
30.916
31.542
? ? ? ? ?
HDR/SM3.0 Test
Score
HDR1
HDR2


Asus P5B-E +8800GT Leadtek +Dominator 2GB -- CPU 2667MHz
3742
33.951
40.526
?
Asus P5W DH Deluxe+8800GT Leadtek +Dominator 2GB -- CPU 2670MHz
3726
34.021
40.505
Asus P5W DH Deluxe +8800GT Leadtek +Dominator 2GB -- CPU 3421MHz
3736
34.156
40.556
? ? ? ? ?
CPU Test
Score
CPU1
CPU2


Asus P5B-E +8800GT Leadtek +Dominator 2GB -- CPU 2667MHz
2343
0.734
1.197
?
Asus P5W DH Deluxe+8800GT Leadtek +Dominator 2GB -- CPU 2670MHz
2338
0.742
1.179
Asus P5W DH Deluxe +8800GT Leadtek +Dominator 2GB -- CPU 3421MHz
2978
0.938
1.513
? ? ? ? ?

PC Mark 2005

CPU
Memory
HDD
Total
Asus P5B-E +8800GT Leadtek +Dominator 2GB -- CPU 2667MHz
6827
5636
5848
7272
Asus P5W DH Deluxe+8800GT Leadtek +Dominator 2GB -- CPU 2670MHz
6809
5702
5705
7288
Asus P5W DH Deluxe +8800GT Leadtek +Dominator 2GB -- CPU 3421MHz
8642
7479
5715
8541
? ? ? ? ?
Sandra 2007
CPU
Memory
Multimedia
Asus P5B-E +8800GT Leadtek +Dominator 2GB -- CPU 2667MHz
24833/17107
5638/5636
146740/79671
Asus P5W DH Deluxe+8800GT Leadtek +Dominator 2GB -- CPU 2670MHz
24742/17091
5696/5694
146569/79584
?
Asus P5W DH Deluxe +8800GT Leadtek +Dominator 2GB -- CPU 3421MHz
31743/21910
7619/7619
188011/102073
?
? ? ? ? ?
Sciencemark 2.0
Molecular
Primordia
Cryptography
Stream
Asus P5B-E +8800GT Leadtek +Dominator 2GB -- CPU 2667MHz
1302.83
1361.27
1256.91
1511.22
Asus P5W DH Deluxe+8800GT Leadtek +Dominator 2GB -- CPU 2670MHz
1291.01
1362.63
1261.54
1489.44
Asus P5W DH Deluxe +8800GT Leadtek +Dominator 2GB -- CPU 3421MHz
1670.48
1725.56
1619.70
2000.06
? ? ? ? ?
Sciencemark 2.0
Memory bandwidth
Memory
Blas / flops
Total
Asus P5B-E +8800GT Leadtek +Dominator 2GB -- CPU 2667MHz
5156.03
1568.22
2060.42
1504.26
Asus P5W DH Deluxe+8800GT Leadtek +Dominator 2GB -- CPU 2670MHz
5222.13
1659.73
2063.63
1511.03
Asus P5W DH Deluxe +8800GT Leadtek +Dominator 2GB -- CPU 3421MHz
7058.43
2184.54
2649.63
1951.83
? ? ? ? ?
Super_Pi
calculation 8MB
? ? ?
Asus P5W DH Deluxe+8800GT Leadtek +Dominator 2GB -- CPU 2670MHz
03m 56s
? ? ?
Asus P5W DH Deluxe +8800GT Leadtek +Dominator 2GB -- CPU 3421MHz
03m 04s
? ? ?
? ? ? ? ?
Paint.NET effect Frosted glass on 10MPixel picture
min:sec
? ? ?
Asus P5W DH Deluxe+8800GT Leadtek +Dominator 2GB -- CPU 2670MHz
00:44
? ? ?
Asus P5W DH Deluxe +8800GT Leadtek +Dominator 2GB -- CPU 3421MHz
00:34
? ? ?
? ? ? ? ?
Audio Encoding wav_700MB to mp3
encode min:sec
? ? ?
Asus P5W DH Deluxe+8800GT Leadtek +Dominator 2GB -- CPU 2670MHz
01:29
? ? ?
Asus P5W DH Deluxe+8800GT Leadtek +Dominator 2GB -- CPU 3421MHz
01:09
? ? ?
? ? ? ? ?
Dr. DivX .mov 720p_115MB to .divx
encode min:sec
? ? ?
Asus P5W DH Deluxe+8800GT Leadtek +Dominator 2GB -- CPU 2670MHz
02:40
? ? ?
Asus P5W DH Deluxe +8800GT Leadtek +Dominator 2GB -- CPU 3421MHz
02:04
? ? ?
? ? ? ? ?
AutoGK .vob_1GB to .avi
encode min:sec
? ? ?
Asus P5W DH Deluxe+8800GT Leadtek +Dominator 2GB -- CPU 2670MHz
13:31
? ? ?
Asus P5W DH Deluxe+8800GT Leadtek +Dominator 2GB -- CPU 3421MHz
10:35
? ? ?
? ? ? ? ?
Windows Media Encoder 9 .avi_321MB to .wmv
encode min:sec
? ? ?
Asus P5W DH Deluxe+8800GT Leadtek +Dominator 2GB -- CPU 2670MHz
22:54
? ? ?
Asus P5W DH Deluxe+8800GT Leadtek +Dominator 2GB -- CPU 3421MHz
17:56
? ? ?
? ? ? ? ?
Cinebench 9.5
Rendering 1 CPU
Rendering 2 CPUs
C4D Shadring
Asus P5W DH Deluxe+8800GT Leadtek +Dominator 2GB -- CPU 2670MHz
0:49
0:26
532
Asus P5W DH Deluxe+8800GT Leadtek +Dominator 2GB -- CPU 3421MHz
0:38
0:20
668
? ? ? ? ?
Cinebench 9.5
OpenGL SW-L
OpenGL HW-L
OpenGL speedup
Asus P5W DH Deluxe+8800GT Leadtek +Dominator 2GB -- CPU 2670MHz
2140
6667
12.52 times
Asus P5W DH Deluxe+8800GT Leadtek +Dominator 2GB -- CPU 3421MHz
2753
8889
13.01 times

In Quake 4 the Asus P5W DH Deluxe with 975 chipset ends up slightly slower than the Asus P5B-E P965 board, but we are only talking about a marginal difference. Then we tried to overclock the Core 2 Duo E6700 and we reached 3.42 GHz with Akasa's stock cooler. This resulted in a 50fps performance increase at 10x7 and 45fps difference at 12x10 CPU limited resolutions. You don't get much at 20x15 just a few frames as these are graphically limited resolutions.

In Quake 4 with effects on the Asus P5W DH Deluxe is slightly faster but just by a hair. Again if you overclock to 3.4 GHz you will gain around 40fps at 10x7 and 19fps at 12x10.

The Asus P5W DH Deluxe is faster in FEAR by as much as six frames at 10x7. It is tight at 20x15 and slower at 16x12 but nothing to worry much about. The overclocked CPU scores faster just at 10x7 and even then it runs just six frames faster.

The Asus P5B-E is faster by up to three frames in FEAR with 4X FSAA and 16X Aniso and even the overclocked Asus P5W DH Deluxe scores slower than the P5B-E at these settings. For some reason the 975 scores slower in this graphics intensive test.

We got almost identical scores in 3Dmark03 and the overclocked CPU scored just 700 marks higer. The Asus P5B-E has a slightly better CPU score and runs the second CPU test game faster while P5W DH Deluxe is faster in the first game. We call it just about even here.

The overclocked CPU gained a lot in CPU testing and runs game one of CPU test 55fps faster which is a lot. The Asus P5W DH Deluxe is slightly faster in 3Dmark05 by around 70 points and the overclocked CPU runs 1250 marks faster. The 975X board is surprisingly slightly slower in CPU tests but overall it wins. The overclocked CPU is more than thirty percent faster than the non overclocked one.

3Dmark06 runs slightly faster on the Asus P5W DH Deluxe but just by a few points. Overclocking will get you to 9000+ in this test or some 450 marks faster. The CPU test is slightly faster on Asus P5B-E.

PCmark05 is slightly faster on P5W DH Deluxe as the memory runs faster but the hard drive runs a bit slower. The Asus P5B-E wins the CPU test while the Overclocked Conroe dominates the test.

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Asus P5W DH Deluxe overclocking system

Sciencemark 2.0 is slightly faster on the 975X board while the 965 run some of the tests including the memory one faster.

We tested the following scores only on the Asus P5W DH Deluxe and Super Pi runs in at 52 seconds or 28 percent faster. This is the expected ratio as we overclocked the CPU by 27.85 percent.

We played with the Paint.NET Frosted glass effect on a 10MPixel picture and again the overclocked Conroe runs 29 percent faster, getting the job done ten seconds quicket.

Next up is audio encoding of a big 700MB WAV file to MP3 and again the overclocked baby does the job 20 seconds faster. The same ratio comes out for Dr. DivX .mov720p_115MB to divx encoding. The overclocked CPU does the job 36 seconds faster.

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Asus P5W DH Deluxe overclocking

We also tried to encode a 1GB VOB file to AVI in Auto GK. The overclocked CPU does the job almost three minutes faster, again around the 28 percent magical number.

Windows Media Encoder 9 encodes a 321MB AVI to WMV almost five minutes faster which is a major difference and Cinebench 9.5 is also noticeably faster.

In Short
It really is a tough call to pick one board above the other. The Asus P5W DH Deluxe is powered by the 975X chipset, it runs fast and has a super duper package including a remote but it costs some €50 more. In fact, the only thing we didn't like about this board is the lousy memory overclocking scores.

The Asus P5B-E is powered with the newer P965 chipset. It is a better memory overclocker but it is not as fancy as the deluxe 975X board. It's still is a good buy but some people will want to avoid it as it has only one PCIe graphic slot, so you won't be able to run Crossfire or SLI on this one whereas the 975X can. This might be a dealbreaker for some and the package is not as good either. Still, it's 50 or 60 Euro cheaper so you might want to consider it.

When it comes to overclocking both boards are great performers and the Core 2 Duo jumps from 2667MHz to 3424MHz which is a noticeable difference. All the performance scores jump by around twenty eight percent. Both boards are a good buy but the nForce 680i is starting to look like the future chipset of choice. Asus is working on the a new 965 chipset based overclocking board but this one still has to hit the market. That'll arrive in 2007 and we will be there to tell you all about it. ?

Reviewed and tested by Sanjin Rados and Fuad Abazovic

 

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