Asus A8R32-MVP Deluxe: ATI CrossFire Xpress 3200 Chipset Launched

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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 Windows installation was complete, we installed the drivers necessary for our components, 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 X2 4800+


Asus A8R32-MVP Deluxe
(CrossFire Xpress 3200)

2x512MB Corsair PC3200
CL 2-2-2-5

GeForce 7800 GTX
On-board Ethernet
On-board Audio

WD "Raptor" HD
10,000 RPM SATA

Windows XP Pro SP2
NVIDIA Forceware v81.98
DirectX 9.0c
SYSTEM 2:
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+


ECS KA1-MVP
(Radeon Xpress 200 CF)

2x512MB Corsair PC3200
CL 2-2-2-5

GeForce 7800 GTX
On-board Ethernet
On-board Audio

WD "Raptor" HD
10,000 RPM SATA

Windows XP Pro SP2
NVIDIA Forceware v81.98
DirectX 9.0c
SYSTEM 3:
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+

Asus AN832-SLI
(NVIDIA nForce 4 SLIX16)

2x512MB Corsair PC3200
CL 2-2-2-5

GeForce 7800 GTX
On-board Ethernet
On-board Audio

WD "Raptor" HD
10,000 RPM SATA

Windows XP Pro SP2
NVIDIA Forceware v81.98
DirectX 9.0c

SYSTEM 4:
Pentium Extreme Edition 955

Intel DX975XBX
(975 Express Chipset)

2x512MB Corsair DDR2-667
CL 3-2-2-8

GeForce 7800 GTX
On-board Ethernet
On-board Audio

WD "Raptor" HD
10,000 RPM SATA

Windows XP Pro SP2
NVIDIA Forceware v81.98
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 can provide a host of useful information about your hardware and operating system. We ran three of the built-in subsystem tests that partially comprise the SANDRA 2005 suite (CPU, Multimedia, and Memory) with an Athlon 64 X2 4800+ installed into our CrossFire Xpress 3200 test rig. All of the scores reported below were taken with the processor running at its default clock speeds of 2.4GHz.


CPU Arithmetic Benchmark
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+

2.4GHz

Multimedia Benchmark
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+

2.4GHz

Memory Benchmark
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+

2.4GHz (DDR400)

SANDRA didn't tell us anything extraordinary. The CrossFire Xpress 3200 powered Asus A8R32-MVP Deluxe motherboard / Athon 64 X2 4800+ combination performed as expected in the SiSoft SANDRA benchmarks that we ran. The CPU Arithmetic benchmark had the A8R32-MVP performing on-par with similarly configured systems in the database, as did the Multimedia and Memory Bandwidth benchmarks.


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