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Motherboard para Jogadores exigentes

Discussão em 'Novidades Hardware PC' iniciada por carlosjisas, 6 de Agosto de 2008. (Respostas: 4; Visualizações: 1380)

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  1. carlosjisas

    carlosjisas Power Member

    fiz search antes de abrir.
    se ja houver assunto movam a thread sff.

    Chama-se ROG Maximus II é o novo trunfo da Asus para o mercado dos jogadores mais exigentes.

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    A nova motherboard para processadores Intel tem por base o chipset P45, suporta memória DDR2 II e vem equipada com a tecnologia Level UP que, segundo a Asus, permite facilitar o overclock.

    Outra característica em destaque é o sistema de som SupremeFX X-Fi integrado, que a Asus garante permitir efeitos sonoros realistas e som ambiente a três dimensões.

    Este controlador de áudio utiliza o codec ADI 2000B com suporte para as tecnologias Creative X-Fi: CMSS3D (posicionamento de som 3D) e Crystalizer (melhoria de MP3) e efeitos sonoros EAX.

    Fonte: Exame

    Specification

    CPU
    LGA775 socket for Intel® Core™2 Extreme / Core™2 Quad / Core™2 Duo / Pentium® dual-core/Celeron® dual-core /Celeron® Processors

    Chipset
    Intel® P45/ICH10R with Intel® Fast Memory Access Technology System Bus 1600/1333/1066/800 MHz

    Memory
    Dual-channel memory architecture max.16GB, DDR2-1200/1066/800/667 MHz, non-ECC and un-buffered memory
    Expansion Slots
    - 2 x PCIe2.0 x16 slots
    - 3 x PCIe x1 slots (the PCIEx1_1 (black) is compatible with audio slot)
    - 2 x PCI 2.2 slots

    Storage
    ICH10R Southbridge:
    - 6 x SATA 3.0 Gb/s ports
    Marvell® 88SE6121 controller:
    - 1 x UltraDMA 133/100/66/33 for up to 2 PATA devices
    - 1 x External SATA 3.0 Gb/s port (SATA On-the-Go)
    Silicon Image Sil5723:
    - 2 x SATA 3.0 Gb/s ports

    LAN
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    Dual Gigabit LAN controllers, both featuring AI NET2

    High Definition Audio
    SupremeFX X-Fi Audio Card:
    - ADI® AD2000B 8-channel High Definition Audio CODEC
    - Creative X-Fi capability
    - X-Fi interface
    - Coaxial/Optical S/PDIF out ports

    USB
    max.12 USB 2.0 ports(6 ports at mid-board, 6 ports at back panel)

    Test Setup

    Matching our previous reviews of P45 based motherboards, we used the same setup to guarantee a fair review.

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    Overclocking

    Much like the MSI Diamond that we reviewed previously, the wealth of options in the BIOS need to be tweaked to get the very best out of this motherboard. While moderate overclocks were easily gained through the AUTO options and Level up configurations, better overclocks were accomplished tweaking the Vcore/NB/VTT voltages. Time constraints prevented me from delving any further into the GTL settings in attempts to eek a little more out of the board unfortunately.

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    While not the best results we have had out of a P45 Board, an FSB of 500mhz and overall overclock in excess of 3.9ghz is certainly nothing to be ashamed of. Given more time, 4ghz should have been attainable without too much difficulty. I am in no doubt that the overclock could be pushed even with a little more voltage and various tweaks the board has to offer, but with the high ambient summer temps now in full force, we were limited in our air cooling performance and as such I had to hold back a little. That said, the Maximus II Formula certainly proved to be a worthy overclocker's board and can most definitely push the envelope with regards to getting the most out of a CPU.

    SiSoftware Sandra (the System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) is an information & diagnostic utility capable of benchmarking the performance of individual components inside a PC. Each of the benchmarks below were run a total of five times with the highest and lowest scores being discarded and an average being calculated from the remaining three.

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    Everest is in many ways similar to Sisoft Sandra. Focusing mainly on software and hardware information reporting, Everest also comes with a benchmark utility suitable for testing the read, write and latency performance of the memory subsystem. Each of these benchmarks were performed a total of 5 times with the highest and lowest scores being discarded and an average calculated from the remaining 3.

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    Results Observations

    As all the motherboards on test are based around the P45 chipset, it comes as no surprise that all of the scores are very similar. However, it is noticeable that the Maximus II falls behind in the majority of the tests, albeit by a very small margin. Consideration also has to be given to the MSI board, which utilises DDR3 as opposed to the two Asus boards, which use DDR2.

    ViMark is the latest addition to the OC3D motherboard testing process and a relatively new benchmarking application in general. Designed to take the inaccuracies and guesswork out of measuring the time taken to encode video files, ViMark produces easily comparable and consistent results for encoding raw video into Windows Media, Quicktime, AVI and Gif formats. As always, a total of 5 benchmark runs were performed with the highest and lowest scores removed and an average calculated from the remaining 3 scores.

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    7-Zip is an open source Winzip-style file compression utility that has the ability to compress and decompress many file formats including its own .7z compression scheme. 7-Zip also comes complete with its own benchmarking utility for gauging the compression and decompression speed of the system that it is installed on.

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    Result Observations

    Yet again the results are very closely matched, but in contrast to the previous results we see the Maximus II making some head way over the P5Q Deluxe and it even gives the MSI a run for its money despite the lower memory bandwidth available.

    HDTach is a free hard disk benchmarking program from SimpliSoftware. This benchmark is not only capable of producing results on hard disk access times but also CPU usage required during disk access. The "Long bench" was run a total of 5 times with the highest and lowest results being omitted and an average calculated from the remaining 3 results.

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    SiSoftware Sandra (the System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) is an information & diagnostic utility capable of benchmarking the performance of individual components inside a PC. Each of the benchmarks below were run a total of five times with the highest and lowest scores being discarded and an average being calculated from the remaining three.

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    Results Observations
    As you can see, the results are pretty even across the board, which you would expect as all boards make use of Intel' ICH10R Southbridge. The Maximus II does, however, appear to have a slight edge, being half a second quicker on the random access test and also having a higher burst and read speed.

    Please note that Asus 'Speeding' Utility was not used throughout this testing period in the interests of equality.

    Cinebench 10 is a benchmarking tool based on the powerful 3D software Cinema 4D. The suite uses complex renders to guage the performance of the entire PC system in both single-core and multi-core modes. Testing was performed a total of 5 times with the highest and lowest results being omitted and an average created from the remaining 3 results.

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    3DMark is a popular synthetic gaming benchmark used by many gamers and overclockers to gauge the performance of their PC's. All 3DMark runs were performed a total of 5 times with the highest and lowest results being removed and an average calculated from the remaining 3 results. Also included are the CrossfireX results to give an indication of how 8x PCIe lanes perform.

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    Result Observations

    Once more we see that there is very little to differentiate the three boards with the synthetic 3D benchmarks. The P5Q Deluxe seemed to take the advantage with the Cinebench runs but the Maximus II had the upper hand in the Futuremark applications, with both Asus boards consistently outperforming the MSI.

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    The 'must have' online multiplayer FPS of 2007/8. This is the fourth incarnation of Infinity Wards best-selling series and is set to become a stalwart of the FPS genre. The training sequence was run 5 times with the fps being recorded via Fraps and the average fps then deduced. All settings were set to the maximum possible for this test and were then run again with CrossfireX enabled (below).

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    F.E.A.R. is a game based on the Lithtech Jupiter EX engine. It has volumetric lighting, soft shadows, parallax mapping and particle effects. Included in the game is a benchmark facility that taxes the entire PC system. This benchmark was run a total of 5 times, with the highest and lowest results being excluded and an average being calculated on the remaining 3 results. All settiings were set to the maximum possible for this test and were then run again with CrossfireX enabled (below).

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    Oblivion from Bethseda is now an 'old' game by today's standards, but is still one of the most visually taxing games out there. The benchmark was run in the wilderness with all settings set to the maximum possible. Bloom was used in preference to HDR. The test was run five times with the average FPS then being deduced.

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    Result Observations

    Real world gaming is where the Maximus II begins to show its true colours, beating the competition in both single and multiple GPU configurations by unremarkable, yet clear margins. So despite early setbacks in our CPU benchmarking, the Maximus has found its feet here and it has become quite clear that as a gaming platform based on the P45 chipset, the Maximus II appears to be the best choice.

    Conclusion


    I found it very hard not to adore this motherboard to be quite honest. Visually, the board is stunning with new look gun metal grey heat sinks splashed with blood red 'shields', which is a much more appealing sight than copper coloured aluminium heat sinks of old. The Maximus' layout is nigh on perfect, with all the connections in the right places making for clutter free cabling. The now standard on board power and reset switches are, as always, a godsend for anyone building a rig outside of a case for benchmarking and testing. Perhaps my only gripe with the aesthetics of the board is that the two perpendicular SATA slots are not very secure because the SATA cables don't 'latch' into the slots. Hence, confidence of a good fit is lost, but that is a minor blemish on what is possibly the best designed motherboard to come out of the Asus arena to date.

    The performance of the board is, as expected, on par with other P45 motherboards we have tested, if perhaps a little higher performing in the 3D gaming area. There is a wealth of overclocking options in the BIOS that will satisfy even the most ardent of enthusiasts and with handy little explanations of what most of the options do, novice clockers shouldn't find it to difficult to experiment. As there are also dual BIOS chips, any overzealous clocking shouldn't result in a non-bootable scenario and I can testify that I didn't once have to reset the BIOS, with the board auto recovering from my many over ambitious overclocking attempts.

    There are, however, a few areas in which the Maximus II may not be the best idea. Firstly, the price. Weighing in at around £180, this is a very expensive motherboard for what is touted as a mid-range chipset. At a similar price point, an X48 based motherboard could be had, which may hurt sales of the Maximus II. While I haven't noticed any noticeable slowdown between the P45 and X48, if you intend on going multi-GPU at the same price point, it makes sense to go for a board with the higher numbers, in this case, double the amount of PCIe lanes. It may not effect the current crop of graphics cards, but in the future it might, although to what extent no one can tell. There is also the P5Q range of motherboards to contend with, also from Asus which, with regard to the P5Q Deluxe, perform at least on a par with the Maximus II, leaving you to pay an extra £60 for the luxuries the Maximus II has to offer and luxuries it most certainly has - but £60 worth?

    Secondly, with Nehelem on the horizon forcing a new chipset, DDR3 and new CPU socket, plumping for a high-end LGA775 based motherboard this late in the game may seem a little brash if you intend to take advantage of Intel's next generation of CPU's. This, of course, is not a fault of the Maximus II. Rather, it is a case of it being a victim of evolution, but it is something I'm sure is on the mind of most potential buyers at the moment. Playing the waiting game in the hardware market has always been tricky due to the rapid advances in technology, and as such many people buy 'for the now' and if that is indeed your stance and you are looking for a new motherboard, then I can find no reason, other than the above, not to buy a Maximus II Formula, which I would happily recommend as 'King of P45'.


    The Good
    - Multitude of BIOS options
    - Excellent BIOS recovery
    - Visually stunning
    - X-FI riser card
    - 16 phase power design
    - Screw down heatsinks
    - Energy saving
    - LCD Poster options
    - Support for 16GB of DDR2

    The Mediocre
    - The Q-plate. I would like to have seen an EL version at this price point.
    - Budget SATA cables
    - Ribbon cables. Rounded cables should be statutory by now.
    - SATA port - no locking mechanism
    - X-FI instead of Xonar

    The Poor
    - The price. It will be hard to justify £180 for this instead of an X48 variant.





    Fonte: Overclock 3d



     
    Última edição: 6 de Agosto de 2008
  2. jjmaia

    jjmaia What is folding?

    O crossfire numa P45 só funciona a 8x? Se sim, não sei como pode ser uma board para jogadores exigentes...
     
  3. rav3n

    rav3n Power Member

    é dual 8x, mas PCI-E 2.0
    é de longe preferivel a 16x4x PCI-E 1.0 do P35

    no entanto o P45 nao é um ***** topo de gama, a board é que no global(e no preço)

    em relação à board julgo já ter sido postada num topico
     
  4. jjmaia

    jjmaia What is folding?

    É de longe preferível PCI-E 2.0 a 16x nas duas slots :002:
     
  5. JPgod

    JPgod Moderador
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    repost

    E depois, não espete a review INTEIRA aqui, ficando 1 post gigante!
     
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