Asus and Albatron 848P Motherboard Review

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Albatron PX865PE Lite Pro vs. Asus P4P800S-E
Budget boards take a bite out of the market

by Robert Maloney
November 20th, 2003

3DMark 2001 and 3DMark03
Synthetic Gaming

To get a handle on how these systems took to gaming environments, we chose Futuremark's 3DMark 2001 SE and 3DMark03.  Both of these benchmarks render a variety of scenes, using DirectX 8 and 9 vertex and pixel shaders, respectively.  We ran both sets of of tests on each system, setting the resolution to 1024x768 with 32-bit color, and all other settings left at their defaults. 

Unsurprisingly, the Abit IS7-G took the lead in both versions of 3DMark, surpassing the Asus P4P800S-E by a percent or so in each test.  The usual pattern persisted after that, with the Albatron PX865PE in third, and Gigabyte's 8S648FX bringing up the rear.  The grouping of the scores in 3DMark03 was very close, as the rating is more dependent on the video card used.  3DMark 2001 showed a little most disparity, with 1215 points separating the first and last boards, a 10% delta in performance.
Comanche 4 Demo and Quake 3 Arena
Benching, blasting & fragging!

Synthetic gaming benchmarks are good for making comparisons, but don't show actual gameplay results.  So, we took two games that have built-in testing modes, which will show us the average frame rate.  Comanche 4 is a DirectX benchmark that is highly CPU and Memory bandwidth dependent.  For testing purposes, we ran the Demo version at 800x600x32, but disabled the audio.  Quake 3 Arena is a well-known OpenGL benchmark, that has been used in many reviews as a good reference point.  Although a bit dated, it still can be used to give reliable comparisons of system performance.  Since the frame rates can get quite high, we maxed out the graphical settings, and ran "demo four" at a resolution of 1024x768 with 32-bit color and textures.

Nothing new here to really comment on.  While all the boards are completely capable of building a gaming machine around, the Abit IS7-G and other Springdales are clearly at the top of the mainstream list.  Our two I848P entries with only single channel memory are still putting up some good numbers, however, and it really comes down to how much money one has to spend.  Are the extra dollars spent worth a few extra frames per second?

Conclusion and our ratings  

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