Jetway 966PDAG-PB Budget S775 Motherboard Review

Motherboards/Intel S775 by piotke @ 2007-08-16

Building a Core 2 Duo based system is becoming more affordable by the minute, today we check out a new motherboard from Jetway based on the Intel P965 chipset and priced well below $100. Can it stand a chance against the newer P35? How high does it overclock? Find out in this review.

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Performance analysis

Test setup + benchmarks

The following test platform was used:

Test Setup
CPU Intel Core 2 Duo E6320
  • Asus P5K
  • Jetway 966PDAG-PB
  • Memory 2 * 512Mb OCZ DDR2 PC6400
  • XFX 8500GT
  • OCZ 600 Watt PSU
  • Nec DVD writer
  • 1x Western Digital 80 gig
  • Windows XP SP2 installed + latest drivers

  • Tests:
  • SiSoftware Sandra XI: Arithmetic, Multimedia and Memory Bandwidth benchmarks are used for all motherboard tests.

  • SuperPi Mod v1.5 XS: testing PI calculations which stress co-processor and memory sub-systems. We run 1M and 8M calculations.

  • Lavalys Everest: Memory read and write speeds. As well as memory latency.

  • 3DMark06: Freeware version from Futuremark tests, CPU, Memory and graphics.

  • 3DMark2001 SE: Discontinued Freeware version, however; this benchmark is still valuable as a tool for testing 3D and memory performance.

  • MAXON CineBench 9.5: this benchmark stresses the CPU and graphics system primarily using OpenGL.

  • FEAR mp demo: built in benchmark tests CPU, memory and graphics.

  • Colin Mc Rae Dirt: The free demo was downloaded and played.

  • We tested the Jetway and the Asus P5K on stock speeds. Using SPD memory timings (400 Mhz 5-5-5-15). We also added the overclocked Jetway mainboard/cpu combination with the CPU operating at 2.8 GHz, the memory at 400 Mhz as well, but with 4-4-4-14 timings.

    Synthetic benches

    3D mark 2001 & 2006

    Firstly we'll be testing the famous Futuremark benchmarks. In both 3d mark 2001 and 2006 the Jetway mainboard takes a very lead. But the differences are fractions of percents. It's more interesting to state that the budget minded Jetway with Intel P965 can keep up with the newer P35 based board.

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    Result in marks, higher is better

    Then we took a look at the CPU score, calculated by 3d mark 2006. Here we find the same trend, the differences are almost nothing.

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    CPU score, higher is better


    Superpi scores are about the same, with a slight advantage for the P35 board. We'll see that those slight advantages come due to a fraction faster memory bandwidth as you'll on the following graphs. But keep in mind, the differences are very small.

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    Result in seconds, lower is better

    Everest Home Edition

    Looking at both the memory bandwidth and latency in Everest home edition, we cannot find any real difference.

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    Result in bandwidth, higher is better

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    Result in latency, lower is better

    Sisoft Sandra

    Looking at both the memory and CPU tests in Sisoft Sandra we cannot find any real difference.

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    Result in bandwith, higher is better

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    CPU score, higher is better

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    Comment from Sidney @ 2007/08/16
    Decent board for the price; everything seems a bargain lately