Asus P5K vs Asus P5K3 Benchmarks (DDR2 vs DDR3)

Test Setup

Test Setup

To ensure that all reviews on Overclock3D are fair, consistent and unbiased, a standard set of hardware and software is used whenever possible during the comparative testing of two or more products. The configuration used in this review can be seen below:

 Asus P5K3 Deluxe (DDR3)
Asus P5K Deluxe (DDR2)
Intel Core2Duo E4300 @ 3.0ghz (333x9)
Kingston PC3-11000 2GB DDR3 (7-7-7-20) @ 1333mhz
Kingston PC2-9600 2GB DDR2 (5-5-5-15) @ 1066mhz
Graphics Card
XpertVision ATI X1950Pro PCI-E 512mb (Stock)
Hard Disk
Hitachi Deskstar 80GB 7K80 SATA2 7200RPM 8mb
CPU Cooling
Stock Intel Aluminium Cooler
Operating System
Microsoft Windows XP (SP2) 32bit - Latest Patches
Graphics Drivers
ATI Catalyst 7.4.44981 (Latest Official)
Motherboard Drivers
Intel INF 8.300.1013

After much discussion on our forums about how this review would be conducted, the final concensus was to run both the DDR2 and DDR3 memory modules at the motherboard's highest native memory speeds (1066mhz for the P5K and 1333mhz for the P5K3). These speeds are counter-weighted by the difference in memory timings (5-5-5-15 on DDR2 vs 7-7-7-20 on DDR3) which should give us a good idea of how lower frequency DDR2 compares to its higher latency DDR3 counterpart.

Asus P5K Deluxe (DDR2) CPU-Z


Asus P5K3 Deluxe (DDR3) CPU-Z


To guarantee a broad range of results, the following benchmark utilities were used:

• Sisoft Sandra XI SP2 (CPU, Memory & HDD tests)
• SuperPI Mod v1.4 (1m and 16m)
• Cinebench 9.5
• HDTach
• Quake 4
• Counter-Strike:Source
• F.E.A.R
• 3DMark05
• 3DMark06
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Most Recent Comments

16-07-2007, 07:56:34

"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!"


16-07-2007, 08:02:31

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

Nice job jim.Quote

16-07-2007, 09:58:45

Mr. Smith
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.Quote

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