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Performance Index

Roundup: Six Core 2 Motherboards Under $100
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By averaging the performance by category, we can more easily see where a specific motherboard might dominate.

A variety of second and third place finishes allowed the Asus P5QL Pro to take the overall performance lead in games.

MSI’s tiny default overclock allowed it to excel in media encoding, after finishing several benchmarks in a first-place tie.

By leading our file compression tests, Jetway and Biostar take easy wins in overall productivity.

The Asus P5QL Pro had the best overall performance, but with less than a tenth of a percent separating it from the ASRock P45XE. Last place ECS G45T-M2 finished well within 2% of the lead, even with its slower memory setting.

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