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Our Test Systems & SANDRA

 

How we configured our test systems: When configuring the test systems for this review, we first entered their respective system BIOSes and set each board to its "Optimized" or "High-Performance Defaults."  The hard drives were then formatted, and Windows XP Professional (SP2) was installed. When the installation was complete, we installed all of the necessary drivers and removed Windows Messenger from the system.  Auto-Updating and System Restore were then disabled, and we set up a 768MB permanent page file on the same partition as the Windows installation. Lastly, we set Windows XP's Visual Effects to "best performance," installed all of our benchmarking software, defragged the hard drives, and ran all of the tests.

Test System Specifications
"Intel & AMD Inside!"
SYSTEM 1:
AMD Athlon 64 4000+

(2.4GHz)

Abit Fatal1ty AN8 SLI
NVIDIA nForce 4 SLI

2x512MB Corsair PC3200
CL 2-2-2-10

GeForce 6800 GT (x2 for SLI)
Onboard Ethernet
Onboard Audio

WD "Raptor" HD
10,000 RPM SATA

Windows XP Pro SP2
nForce 4 Drivers v6.70

Forceware v81.89
DirectX 9.0c
SYSTEM 2:
Pentium 4 670J
(3.8GHz)

Abit NI8 SLI

NVIDIA nForce 4 SLI Intel Edition

2x512MB Corsair DDR2-667
CL 3-2-2-7

GeForce 6800 GT (x2 for SLI)
On-board Ethernet
On-board Audio

WD "Raptor" HD
10,000 RPM SATA

Windows XP Pro SP2
nForce 4 Drivers v7.15

Forceware v81.89
DirectX 9.0c
SYSTEM 3:
AMD Athlon 64 4000+

(2.4GHz)

Sapphire PI-A9RX480
Radeon Xpress 200

2x512MB Corsair PC3200
CL 2-2-2-10

GeForce 6800 GT
Onboard Ethernet
Onboard Audio

WD "Raptor" HD
10,000 RPM SATA

Windows XP Pro SP2
Radeon Xpress 200 v1

Forceware v81.89
DirectX 9.0c
Preliminary Benchmarks with SiSoft SANDRA 2005
Synthetic Testing

We began our testing with SiSoftware's SANDRA, the System ANalyzer, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant. SANDRA consists of a set of information and diagnostic utilities that provide a host of useful information about your hardware and operating system. We ran four of the built-in subsystem tests that partially comprise the SANDRA 2005 suite (CPU, Multimedia, Memory and File System). On the Abit NI8 SLI board, we clocked the system memory at DDR2-667 speeds, but all other clocks were left at their default values.


Abit Fatal1ty AN8 SLI
CPU Benchmark
AMD Athon 64 4000+


Abit Fatal1ty AN8 SLI
Multimedia Benchmark
AMD Athon 64 4000+


Abit Fatal1ty AN8 SLI
Memory Benchmark
1GB DDR400


Abit Fatal1ty AN8 SLI
File System Benchmark
WD Raptor 36GB


Abit NI8 SLI
CPU Benchmark
Pentium 4 670J (3.8GHz)

Abit NI8 SLI
Multimedia Benchmark
Pentium 4 670J (3.8GHz)

Abit NI8 SLI
Memory Benchmark
1GB PC25400

Abit NI8 SLI
File System Benchmark
WD Raptor 36GB

The various sub-system benchmarks built into SiSoft SANDRA 2005 don't report anything out of ordinary. The AMD Athlon 64 4000+ powered Abit Fatal1ty AN8 SLI performed right in-line with similarly configured systems in SANDRA's database, as did the Intel Pentium 4 670J powered NI8 SLI. The CPU, multimedia, and memory bandwidth benchmark results for both boards were also on par with what we've seen in the past from competing products. SANDRA's file system benchmark also reported similar scores for both platforms as well; which was to be expected considering they were benchmarked using the exact same drive.


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