As we look at our results, you have to remember that even if a board “beats” another board or even all the rest of the boards, the scores, for the most part, are all so close together that there would be very little difference in actual perceived performance as you would use a board in the real world. As we have been mentioning for quite a while now, the biggest differences in boards today will be the ability to overclock, the bundle, and the price of the product. Performance wise, let me just say you could not go wrong with any board that is represented here.
With all of that said, as we look at the results, the Asus P5E3 Premium was able to lead the other boards in 50% of the testing scores that you see results for here. It did very well in the Sandra testing, having the highest in three of the four results. Everest write scores were so close that there really is no winner, and the read scores in everest show what we already knew when comparing the nvidia boards against Intel boards: They have better read bandwidth.
Three of the four boards scored the exact same in the POV Ray Beta test, and they were pretty much tied in the Real Time Rendering test. Cinebench also has all four boards very, very close. Too close to declare a winner, really.
HDTach continues the trend of high performance from all four boards. 3dMark 2006 has the Asus P5E3 Premium board being the lone board scoring over 11,000 points in the overall score. Pretty impressive, but still, less than 150 points separate all four boards.
Lightsmark shows a 1fps better score than the other boards in the 1280×1024 resolution, and the higher resolution of 1920×1200 puts all boards even closer than 1fps.
In our gaming testing, it is pretty much a mixed bag as each board does well in one game or another.
The nVidia based boards seem to do very well in the Vantage benchmark. In fact, they win all but one of the tests, and our Asus P5E3 Premium takes that one.
Overall, as was said, these are all great boards when it comes to performance at stock settings. So we must look at other things to see which board would be most worthy of our hard earned dollars.