If you’re on the lookout for a DDR3 motherboard, the P5E3 Deluxe proves to be a superb choice. It’s one of the most feature-packed offerings on the market, with it’s passive cooling, on-board WiFi, high energy efficiency and even a remote control – all while being a solid overclocker as well.
Futuremark has long offered benchmarking tools to enthusiasts that allow them to gage their systems worth. There is a lot of skepticism revolving around the importance of the overall scores, but we enjoy running them because it’s a quick fix to see differences between platforms. Real world benchmarks are by far more important, and we will cover those on the next few pages.
3D Mark 2006 tests your system in a similar manner that 01, 03 and 05 do, except this updated version actually does bottleneck on your GPU. The faster the GPU, the better the score. Multi-core processors also help greatly improve your scores here.
Once again, our P5E3 kicked the others to the curb – albeit not by much.
Futuremark recently launched their latest PCMark version, called Vantage. It’s not a simple upgrade, but rather a completely revamped benchmark that competes with the likes of SYSmark 2007. The good thing about Vantage though, is that I don’t have to put up with random errors and have to start the test over, like I do with SYSmark.
PCMark Vantage consists of eight different scores, with PCMark Suite being the primary. All of the secondary results are included here as well, though, to get a better idea of which board excels where.
The reign has fallen thanks to the Maximus Formula and our PCMark Vantage tests. I am unsure why the Maximus Formula performed so well, but such is life with Futuremark.