Asus P5K vs Asus P5K3 Benchmarks (DDR2 vs DDR3)

Packaging & Motherboard

Packaging

Not wanting to cover old ground, the P5K3 Deluxe motherboard packaging is essentially the same as the recently reviewed P5K Deluxe. The only changes that have been made are to the some of the specifications, and obviously the name on the box.

Asus P5K3 Deluxe Packaging Asus P5K3 Deluxe Plackaging

Once again, the contents inside the box are exactly the same (apart form the motherboard) with Asus giving you everything needed to get you up and running:

• UltraDMA 133/100/66 cable
• FDD cable
• 4 x Serial ATA cables
• 1 x 2-port Serial ATA power cable
• I/O Shield
• User's manual
• ASUS WiFi-AP Solo manual
• 3 in 1 Q-connector
• 1 x 2-port USB2.0 / 1-port IEEE1394 module
• ASUS WiFi-AP Solo omni-directional antenna
• Support CD


The P5K3 Motherboard

If you're looking for a full ballistics report on the motherboard layout and connectors, this can all be found in the P5K review located here. As both boards share almost identical designs, let's just concentrate on the minor differences.

Asus P5K3 Deluxe Motherboard Asus P5K3 Deluxe VRM Cooling

It's good to see that Asus decided to upgrade the heatpipe cooling on slightly the P5K3, with the cooling system now making an almost full circuit around the Southbridge, Northbridge and both sets of PWM chips. This is an improvement over the P5K that used a seperate heatsink for cooling the upper PWM chips.

Asus P5K3 Deluxe DDR3 Slots

Apart from the difference in colour (Orange vs Yellow), there's very little here to tell us that we're looking at DDR3 slots. After all, both DDR2 and DDR3 feature a total of 240 pins, with only a slight change in the location of the notch at the bottom of the modules preventing you from making a catastrophic mistake.

Now that we've covered the minor motherboard differences, let's move on to the test setup and some benchmarks.
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Most Recent Comments

16-07-2007, 07:56:34

JN
"After reviewing the Asus P5K DDR2 based motherboard just over a month ago, we were left wondering how the DDR3 based P5K3 would compare. Today we're back with both boards in a head to head DDR2 vs DDR3 battle!"

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...145702736s.jpg

Linkage

16-07-2007, 08:02:31

Ham
looks the same as the ddr vs ddr2 when it came out too me...

Nice job jim.

16-07-2007, 09:58:45

Mr. Smith
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Ham'
looks the same as the ddr vs ddr2 when it came out too me...
I wasn't into pc's back then so I don't have any experience with ddr.

Is it safe to say that ddr2 now owns ddr in terms of performance?

I'm wondering if it is simply a matter of time before ddr3 really comes on with speeds of 2ghz and 5-5-5-15 timings and puts the nail in ddr2's coffin...

Nice work btw. I for one won't be buying a new mobo/ram until nehlam by the looks of this.

I was toying with getting another 2gb kit of cellshocks in the next month. Not sure what benefit I would get with 32bit XP pro... Hmmm.

16-07-2007, 10:07:48

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Mr. Smith'
I wasn't into pc's back then so I don't have any experience with ddr.

Is it safe to say that ddr2 now owns ddr in terms of performance?
Yeah pretty much, tho someone at OCZ told me that a Conroe on a DDR board beat the cr@p out of a DDR2 setup. Apparently it really liked the low latencies of DDR.

Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Mr. Smith'

I'm wondering if it is simply a matter of time before ddr3 really comes on with speeds of 2ghz and 5-5-5-15 timings and puts the nail in ddr2's coffin...
Deffo. Now they're tightening the timings of the DDR3 it'll soon be kicking DDR2's a$$ IMO.

I'm going to see if we can get hold of some of that Kingston 5-5-5-15 DDR3 and put it up against the 7-7-7-20 stuff and maybe some DDR2.

16-07-2007, 10:29:25

Mr. Smith
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='XMS'
Yeah pretty much, tho someone at OCZ told me that a Conroe on a DDR board beat the cr@p out of a DDR2 setup. Apparently it really liked the low latencies of DDR.
:eh: c2d and ddr beat c2d and ddr2?

Quote:
Originally Posted by name='XMS'
I'm going to see if we can get hold of some of that Kingston 5-5-5-15 DDR3 and put it up against the 7-7-7-20 stuff and maybe some DDR2.
Yeah those Kingston sticks look nice. Some company I haven't really heard of released some 1600mhz ddr3 the other day... CL10 though. Look

16-07-2007, 10:35:15

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Mr. Smith'
:eh: c2d and ddr beat c2d and ddr2?
Apparently so...I wasn't quite sure whether to believe it either. I think it was running with timings of 2-2-2-something

16-07-2007, 10:40:32

Ham
They must had some seriously crazy test bed for that. Rather than just the ASRock 4coredual-vsta...
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