915P Chipset Roundup: ABIT AG8, ASUS P5GD2 Premium, and Foxconn 915A01-P

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3DMark03 & PCMark04 Performance


Futuremark 3DMark03 - Patch 340

Direct3D Gaming Performance


ASUS' P5GD2 Premium goes surprisingly uncontested in the 3DMark03 CPU test. Then again, this is a synthetic metric, and any number of factors could be influencing ASUS' exceptional performance. The Foxconn and ABIT boards, on the other hand, perform very similarly.

Futuremark PCMark04 – Patch 120

Quick-take synthetic metrics


From the folks at Futuremark, we have a bit of detail for you here on what the PCMark tests are composed of and how the rating metrics are assembled.

"The CPU test suite is a collection of tests that are run to isolate the performance of the CPU. There are nine tests in all. Two pairs of tests are run multithreaded - each test in the pair is run in its own thread.  The remaining five tests are run single threaded. These tests include such functions as file encryption, decryption, compression and decompression, grammar check, audio conversion, WMV and DivX video compression."


Again, ASUS takes a clean win in both the memory and CPU modules of PCMark04. The ABIT board also does fairly well, considering its DDR400 subsystem has little trouble besting the Foxconn 915A01-P with DDR2-533. The CPU test also favors ABIT over Foxconn, though the results are pretty close.

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