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| Benchmarks and Comparisons |
| OpenGL & DirectX |
Talk about the benchmark that just won't die. After several years as reigning benchmark champion, the Quake 3 Timedemo is still a decent tool for showing the performance of video cards and motherboards. When gauging a motherboard, we like to run the Timedemo "DEMO001" at 640x480x16 with the "Fastest" settings selected. This helps to isolate processor performance by eliminating the influence of the video card itself. This is done by setting the visual quality so conservative that the video card is not stressed at all. We ran this test at stock speeds and compared it the the Soyo KT333 Dragon Ultra, then we ran the test again while overclocked.
The KX7-333R did a fine job with the CPU test, posting an impressive 254.1, 9FPS better than the Dragon Ultra. Once overclocked, the ABIT board was able to add an additional 22FPS, a gain of roughly 9%.
Next, we'll take a few swings at MadOnion's 3DMark2001SE at a couple of popular resolutions and see how the KX7-333R stacks up against the Soyo KT333 Dragon Ultra.
Direct X with MadOnion's 3DMark2001:
With 3DMark2001SE, we ran the test at the default settings varying only the resolution. First up is 800x600x32....
At 800x600x32, the ABIT KX7-333R posted an excellent score, besting the popular Soyo board by over 600 points. Once we fired up a little overclocking, the KX7-333R increased its score by 388 points or 3.2%.
Now let's see how the boards stack up when we increase the resolution to 1024x768x32...
This time the ABIT system held the lead by 282 points, a much narrower margin than the first test. After we set the FSB to 146MHz., we were able to achieve an additional 519 points, a gain of 4.8%.
Next, we'll run a series of tests that focus on the three most important components of a system: CPU, Memory, and Hard Drive performance. This sounds like a job for MadOnion's PCMark2002Pro!