3D Mark 2001 SE
DirectX 8 Gaming
Here we see more of what
the other gaming benchmarks have illustrated.
That is, the three competing boards perform evenly
throughout 3D Mark 2001. Of course, this speaks
volumes for SiS as it is clearly able to match Intel's
own performance chipset using comparable memory and
Content Creation Winstone 2002 and Business
ASUS' P4S8X manages to
outperform the competing ABIT SR7-8X in both Business
Winstone and Content Creation. It even manages
to edge out Intel's D845PEBT2 in Content Creation
2002, though the i845PE platform takes first place in
mixed feelings about this ASUS P4S8X motherboard. On
one hand, it offers a host of useful features like
Serial ATA, IEEE 1394, integrated Ethernet and
6-channel audio. It also delivers a handful of
BIOS options that enable effective overclocking.
Moreover, even at its default speed, the P4S8X is able
to perform on par with Intel's i845PE chipset.
same time, we can't help but notice that ASUS' P4PE
i845PE motherboard is priced to compete with the
P4S8X. In addition, it doesn't suffer the same glaring RADEON 9700 incompatibilities as the SiS 648 boards
we've looked at thus far. We've heard that a
revised RADEON 9700 Pro fixes the stability issues,
but between all of the RADEON 9700 Pro, All in Wonder
RADEON 9700 Pro and RADEON 9500 products we've looked
at, not one has worked properly with this board.
We feel that, If you're
building a high-end gaming PC, you'll want to consider
a Pentium 4 board based on either the i845PE or even
perhaps the Intel E7205
Granite Bay chipset.
already purchased a GeForce4 card or an older RADEON,
you may find the P4S8X more suitable. Keep in
mind that the SiS 648 chipset doesn't support
HyperThreading, though the upcoming SiS 655 will
be compatible with Intel's latest innovation. In
light of the board's shortcomings and a market full of
attractive alternatives, we're going to give the P4S8X
a 6.5 on the HotHatdware meter.
(S-ATA, IEEE 1394, 10/100 Ethernet)
performance at stock speeds
with RADEON 9700
- No price
advantage versus i845PE boards
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