Gigabyte 965P-DQ6 - The Overclockers Dream - Synthetic and Real-World Benchmarks

Article Index
Gigabyte 965P-DQ6 - The Overclockers Dream
Board Layout - Up Close
Board Features and Specs
An Overclocking Friendly BIOS
Overclocking the DQ6
Synthetic and Real-World Benchmarks
Game Benchmarking Begins
Wrapping Things Up - Conclusion

Synthetic Benchmarks:

As a point of reference, we compared the MSI 965P Neo-F board to the Gigabyte 965P-DQ6.  As far as overclocking comparisons go, the Gigabyte board was clocked in at 7x445Mhz with the Memory at 5-5-5-15 running at 890Mhz.  The MSI board is clocked in at 9x296Mhz with memory clocked at 5-5-5-15 at 860Mhz.  The overclocking field is not level as the Gigabyte board spanks the MSI board in this department.

The first batch of tests that we take a look at are from the popular SiSoft Sandra 2007 suite.  We ran memory, CPU Arithmetic and CPU Multimedia performance benchmarks and compared stock and overclocked numbers to the MSI 965P Neo-F.

SiSoft Memory
 SiSoft Memory

SiSoft Arithmetic
 SiSoft Arithmetic

SiSoft Multimedia
 SiSoft Multimedia

At stock speeds both boards score very close, but the Gigabyte 965P-DQ6 takes the lead in all but one test.  In the CPU Multimedia test, the MSI 965P Neo-F yields a marginally better score in the Float test.  When it comes to overclocked results, the Gigabyte board runs away with the lead.

Another interesting test is SuperPi.  We use this test to analyze the board and CPU raw processing power and see how fast it can calculate Pi to 1,000,000 digits.  The Intel Core 2 Duo turns out some pretty impressive numbers at stock speed, and the Gigabyte 965P-DQ6 unleashes the beast and completes the calculation in less than 17 seconds.  Wow.

Super Pi
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Real-World Applications:

In this next section we take a look at a bunch of real-world applications that many people use on a daily basis.  We find that although synthetic benchmarks give an indication of performance, the best way to gauge real performance is in the real-world.  Without further introduction, we give you dbPowerAMP, ConvertX to DVD, DivX Encoding, Quicktime Encoding and more.

Media Conversion -

dbPowerAmp Conversion
 dbPowerAmp Conversion

ConvertX to DVD
 ConvertX to DVD

   

DivX Encoding
 DivX Encoding

Quicktime Encoding
 Quicktime Encoding

There are a few interesting things to note here.  In the first dbPowerAmp application the MSI board edges out the Gigabyte board when onverting WAV to OGG.  The Gigabyte board responds and takes a lead in the OGG to MP3 conversion and boath board tie in MP3 to WAV.  When overclocked the Gigabyte board dominates the lesser overclocked MSI board however.

VSO Software's ConvertX to DVD program was only ran on the 965P-DQ6 as I had no data available on the MSI board.

Next up was DivX encoding at the Gigabyte 965P-DQ6 took the cake at both stock and overclocked speeds.  However when we ran Quicktime Encoding tests, the MSI board smoked the Gigabyte board.  We checked the data for differences in quality, encoding and keyframes, and both tests were set up exactly the same.  We ran multiple times on the Gigabyte board to make sure and the results posted above are accurate.

More Applications -

PhotoShop CS2
 PhotoShop CS2

Ultima Online Server Load
 Ultima Online Server Load

File Compression & Extraction
 File Compression & Extraction

This series of tests also proved interesting.  PhotoShop CS was owned by the Gigabyte board on all accounts as was the Ultima Online Server test.  The Ultima Online Server loads up and parses well over 100MB of XML and data files.  Both PhotoShop CS2 and Ultima Online are very CPU intensive.

WinRAR was a little different though.  The Gigabyte board has better compression times, but slower extraction times.  This is true even when the CPU is clocked higher on the 965P-DQ6 than on the MSI 965P Neo-F.  We did use different hard drives on the systems and this could be the reason for the slower extraction on the Gigabyte board.

On the next page we'll jump into some games before we wrap things up.