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Test System & General Performance

Hardware
- Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 (2.66GHz) LGA775
- AMD Phenom X4 9850 (2.50GHz) AM2+
- x2 Kingston HyperX 2GB PC2-8500 Module(s)
- Asus M3A32-MVP Deluxe (AMD 790FX)
- Asus Crosshair II Formula (Nvidia nForce 780a SLI)
- Asus Maximus II Formula (Intel P45)
- Asus P5Q Deluxe (Intel P45)
- OCZ GameXStream (700 watt)
- Seagate 500GB 7200RPM (Serial ATA II)
- Asus GeForce 9800 GTX (512MB)
Software
- Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate (64-bit)
- Nvidia Forceware (174.74)
- Intel System Drivers (9.0.0.1)


The PCmark Vantage hard drive performance of the Maximus II Formula is on par with what we have seen from other high-end Intel and AMD motherboards.


Using SiSoftware Sandra XII we find that the hard drive performance is much the same on all four tested motherboards.


The Asus Maximus II Formula features dual PCI Express network controllers allowing for maximum throughput on both ports. The only other board tested that features dual PCIe controllers is the Crosshair II Formula.