Roundup: Six Core 2 Motherboards Under $100

Performance Index

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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  • Anonymous
    isn't it about time to stop moaning about where the board manufacturers place a floppy connector? - for the most part its got a floppy drive plugged in for 10 mins during an xp install then chucked in a drawer somewhere and the cases 3.5" bay filled with an endlessly more useful card reader....
  • premamotion
    is this motherboard superior to Asus P5B? Thank you so much!!!