Abit AL8 945P Motherboard Review

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Cinebench 2003 & 3DMark05 - CPU Test

The Cinebench 2003 benchmark is an OpenGL 3D rendering performance test, based on the commercially available Cinema 4D application.  This is a multi-threaded, multi-processor aware benchmark that renders a single 3D scene and tracks the length of the entire process. The time it took each test system to render the entire scene is represented in the graph below (listed in seconds). 

Cinebench 2003 Performance Tests
3D Modeling & Rendering Tests

We ran two sets of numbers here, one in single-thread mode, and another in the benchmark's multi-thread mode.

Once again, all three motherboards were on the same page, with the AL8 having a very slight edge over the other two motherboards.  This is the first test where we can truly see the benefits of multi-threaded processing.  Note how the scores were virtually halved when we compare single-threaded processing to the multithreaded processing test.

Futuremark 3DMark05 - CPU Test
Simulated DirectX Gaming Performance

It may not be an actual game, but 3DMark05's built-in CPU test is a "gaming related" DirectX metric that's useful for comparing relative performance among similarly equipped systems.  This test consists of two different 3D scenes that are generated with a software renderer, which is dependant on the host CPU's performance.  This means that the calculations normally reserved for your 3D accelerator are instead sent to the host processor.  The number of frames generated per second in each test are used to determine the final score.

3DMark05's CPU module was a strong point for the AL8.  Here we see the board top the Gigabyte and Foxconn models by roughly 3%.


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