We utilize a fresh Windows 7 installation for each phase of testing to minimize variance in benchmark scores. Although Windows 7 is not ideal for benchmarks like SuperPi 32M or early 3DMarks, it does give us some indication of what is possible in terms of processor speeds on each board and allows us to utilize our normal benchmark test suite.

 

 

Two high-end 4GB DDR3-2200 kits from Corsair and GSkill were used throughout testing. Until our next memory review, we can safely say that the Corsair can run tighter latencies at lower voltages, while the G.Skill provides higher bandwidth capabilities on this platform. The choice of kit depends on your particular needs but either one is simply superb for overclocking. Both kits allowed us to max out the memory controllers of each test processor on all the boards we have tested to date.

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  • michael19 - Friday, November 06, 2009 - link

    "Our test sample arrived with the revised Foxconn socket.."

    how can we tell if we have the revised foxconn socket as opposed to the defective version?
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  • Rajinder Gill - Friday, November 06, 2009 - link

    No idea at this point. Only Foxconn seem to know what it is they changed in the June revision. Reply
  • michael19 - Friday, November 06, 2009 - link

    Or perhaps a side by side picture would show us some noticeable visual differences, possibly.. Reply
  • cmdrdredd - Friday, November 06, 2009 - link

    How come the Asus board is left out of the final few notes and tests? It's in the 3DMark and SuperPi scores etc, but there's individual pages dedicated to the other boards... Reply
  • Samus - Monday, November 09, 2009 - link

    probably because it failed mid-testing Reply
  • AstroGuardian - Wednesday, November 11, 2009 - link

    It's socket burned as a result of not so extreme overclock. It's not ASUS fault, it's Foxconn's faulty socket Reply
  • Rajinder Gill - Friday, November 06, 2009 - link

    Hi,

    The ASUS board died before I could complete the 750 retail CPU testing. We just got a new board last week so I will possibly update when that arrives here.

    later
    Raja
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  • cmdrdredd - Friday, November 06, 2009 - link

    lol well, a dead board spells trouble anyway IMO. Unless something drastic was done to it (extreme overclock for example). Reply
  • michael19 - Friday, November 06, 2009 - link

    OK, thank you. Would the numbers on the backplate give us any indication? Is there any consistent difference in the numbers printed on the backplate from the old burnt out sockets to the new ones you have now? Reply
  • Corsairs - Friday, November 06, 2009 - link

    I'd love to see this board compared to the group reviewed here. Reply

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