We tested this board using the same benchmark routine as used in our Core 2 Duo article. For more information on this, view this page. Obviously the system was kept the same as our reference X6800 setup, using 2GB of Corsair memory running at 4-4-4-12 and 800MHz and the same Seagate Barracuda hard drive.
So how did 965 compare to 975X? Surprisingly, almost identically. Most tests were within a few seconds of each other. Although generally our tests are pretty much dead on each time we run them, this is close enough to be attributed to variance in results. The only real test that showed an improvement was VirtualDub and all VirtualDub related multi-tasking tests, where there was a 10 second (1 per cent) improvement in performance.
So all in all, the 965 chipset is a good choice if you don’t want to go down the CrossFire route and you’ll definitely get a board capable of running Core 2 Duo.
What about this particular Gigabyte board? Well, as it stands, overclocking is only a maybe and it seems a little expensive at £143.94. For this sort of money, you could buy a compatible 975X motherboard and give yourself the option of running CrossFire at a later date.
If you want a hassle free, well-featured Core 2 Duo ready motherboard, this is a good choice. But if you are willing to look around and see how other people have gotten on, there are several bargains to be had in the 975X segment.