Intel DQ35JO mATX Motherboard - Installation, Software Setup and Testing

Article Index
Intel DQ35JO mATX Motherboard
Intel DQ35JO - Layout: Up Close
Installation, Software Setup and Testing
Test Setup and Benchmarking
Gaming Tests and Conclusion

Windows & Software Installation:

Intel claims that the DQ33JO has full support for Windows Vista so we thought we'd use the latest OS from Microsoft for this review to see how well it works and if this board supports Vista as much as Intel says.  To do a Vista Install, you will need a boot disk if you are installing a RAID array or if you have the SATA connections set to anything other than IDE mode.  We chose native IDE mode as we only have a single 200GB drive to use for testing.  The Vista Ultimate x64 installation went smoothly and in a matter of 15-20 minutes we were at the desktop ready to install some drivers from the included driver CD.

Driver installation was smooth and we weren't met with any "Driver Warning" screens.  Windows and software installation was a breeze.  After a quick run through of Windows Update, we are set to start testing this little motherboard.

 

Audio Testing:

The High Definition Audio supports playback of 32-bit 192 kHz audio and offers many other features as well.  This all sounds good on paper, but how does it actually playback?  The major bummer here is the fact that it only supports 2+2 Stereo channels.  There is not 5.1 or great surround supported on this board.  Regardless, we've posted some information from RightMark's Audio Analyzer below:

 RMAA Output
RMAA Output
RMAA Results
RMAA Results

 

For "High Definition" Audio, the results are less than I'd like to see but much better than the results from the G33 Intel mATX board we reviewed a while back.  If you enjoy good audio, you likely already have an add-in soundcard in mind that will greatly improve upon the on-board solution.


Network Performance:

Before we jump into our full Test System Setup on the next page I wanted to mention the performance of the integrated Marvel Network.  In our testing here at BCCHardware we've seen some motherboards with 1000b network show pretty dismal throughput numbers as well as high CPU loads.  Running iPerf has become standard issue for our motherboard tests.  The Intel DQ35JO didn't actually fare very well in our tests and only provided 26.6 MByte / sec performance although with a relatively low CPU load of 7%.  Most GB Ethernet motherboards run in excess of 30MB/s and we are a little disappointed with the results of the DQ.

Head on over to the next page as we cover our test setup and information and jump into testing.