Intel DG33BU - mATX For Your PC - Test Setup and Benchmarking

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Intel DG33BU - mATX For Your PC
Intel DG33BU - Layout: Up Close
Installation, Software Setup and Testing
Test Setup and Benchmarking
Real-World Performance and Conclusion

Test Setup:

This is the first hardware review that we have extensively used Windows Vista for our software platform.  We've published a few other articles regarding Vista in relationship to system resources, but haven't used Vista for the foundation software package.  Hardware manufacturers still haven't grasped the whole Vista concept just yet and still offer poor support as a rule.  Intel has claimed full support so we thought we find out how full their support really is.  Other than a warning message during installation, the Intel motherboard worked flawlessly under Vista.  That isn't to say we were without issues.  Some of the software we tried to install and run gave nothing but trouble and had weird issues, but we can't blame that on the motherboard.  Below is the test setup as it stands for this review.

  • Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 CPU
  • Crucial Ballistix Tracer PC2-8000 at PC2-6400 (DDR2-800 @ 4-4-4-12)
  • Intel DG33BU Motherboard
  • MSI 975X Platinum PowerUp Ed. Motherboard
  • Seagate 7200.10 320GB SATA HDD.
  • Samsung 18x SATA DVDRW
  • Windows Vista Ultimate 32-bit w/ all updates


Our goal was to see how this board performed under Vista in regards to CPU and memory performance primarily.  Due to time restraints with this board we did not run a bunch of game performance with the integrated video or add-in video.

Enough of that.  On to the benchmarks!

Memory Performance:

To gauge memory between the Intel 975X chipset and the new G33 Express chipset we ran SiSoft Sandra XI.SP2 and Everest Ultimate 4.0.  The results can be viewed below.

 Everest Memory
Everest Memory
 SiSoft Memory
SiSoft Memory

 

Everest Ultimate shows that the Intel 975X chipset has better memory performance in read and write tests, but for some reason the winner of the "Copy" test is the G33 Chipset.  SiSoft Sandra shows the memory performance of the 975X to be better than the G33 based Intel DG33BU motherboard as well.  Although there is a difference of ~300 MB/sec, in the real-would you'd be hard-pressed to tell the difference.


SiSoft CPU Tests:

Next up we measure CPU performance on the Intel DG33BU and compare it once again to the CPU performance of the proved MSI 975X Platinum board.  Below are the SiSoft Sandra XI numbers.

 SiSoft Arithmetic
SiSoft Arithmetic
 SiSoft Multimedia
SiSoft Multimedia

 

The results of the SiSoft CPU Arithmetic test show a split between the two motherboards.  The results sit within the margin of error and show the MSI board take the lead in Dhrystone performance and show the Intel board edge out the competition slightly in the Whetstone performance.

 

Other Synthetic CPU Tests: 

Below are other CPU intensive tests that were ran to see if there is a measurable performance difference between chipsets and motherboards.  You have to keep in mind that these boards are geared toward different markets, and the Intel DG33BU test sample is a BETA product.

 Cinebench
Cinebench
 POV-Ray
POV-Ray
   
 PM Core
PM Core
 SuperPi
SuperPi

 

The results are so close across platforms, but it seems that the MSI 975X has a slight lead in most of these synthetic benchmarks.  On the next page we'll take a look at some real-world performance and see if the G33 Express still trails behind.