We measured the overall performance of this motherboard using SYSmark2004, which is a program that simulates the use of real-world applications. Thus, we consider this the best software to measure, in practical terms, the system performance.
The benchmarks are divided into two groups:
- Internet Content Creation: Simulates the authoring of a website containing text, images, videos and animations. The following programs are used: Adobe After Effects 5.5, Adobe Photoshop 7.01, Adobe Premiere 6.5, Discreet 3ds Max 5.1, Macromedia Dreamweaver MX, Macromedia Flash MX, Microsoft Windows Media Encoder 9, McAfee VirusScan 7.0 and Winzip 8.1.
- Office Productivity: Simulates the use of an office suite, i.e., simulates sending e-mails, word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, etc. The following programs are used: Adobe Acrobat 5.05, Microsoft Office XP SP2, Internet Explorer 6.0 SP1, NaturallySpeaking 6, McAfee VirusScan 7.0 and Winzip 8.1.
The software delivers specific results for each batch and also an overall performance result, all in a specific SYSmark2004 unit.
We compared the reviewed board to MSI P965 Platinum, ASUS P5B, Intel D975XBX and Intel D975XBX2. These two motherboards from Intel are based on Intel 975X chipset, while the other boards are based on Intel P965. Since we were using DDR2-1066/PC2-8500 memories, we ran all programs under two scenarios. First with the memory configured at 1,066 MHz when the motherboard supported this speed and then with the memory configured at 800 MHz.
You can see the results on the charts below.
All motherboards based on Intel P965 chipset achieved a similar performance on SYSmark2004 overall score. Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 was 3.67% faster than Intel D975XBX and Intel D975XBX2 motherboards. The use of DDR2-1066 instead of DDR2-800 made no difference here.
On Internet Content Creation all motherboards based on Intel P965 chipset achieved a similar performance as well. Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 was 4.53% faster than Intel D975XBX and Intel D975XBX2 motherboards. The use of DDR2-1066 instead of DDR2-800 also made no difference here.
On Office Productivity we saw a little performance difference between MSI P965 Platinum and Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 when we used DDR2-1066 memories: MSI’s motherboard was 3.06% faster. When we configured our memories to run at 800 MHz, however, all motherboards achieved the same performance level, and the reviewed motherboard achieved the same performance level as ASUS P5B under all scenarios. The reviewed board from Gigabyte was faster than the two motherboards from Intel only when our memories were running at 1,066 MHz (3.14%).