CrossFire Xpress 1600 Motherboards: DFI, Asus, ECS
3ds Max & Windows Media Encoder 9
We continued testing these CrossFire Xpress 1600 based motherboards with a few more tests that are part of the Worldbench 5.0 suite. Up next we have some performance results of WB 5.0's 3Ds Max (Direct 3D) test. A number of different 3D objects are rendered and animated in this test, and the entire time to needed to complete the tasks is recorded. As is the case with all of the individual Worldbench tests, a lower score here indicated better performance.
The nForce 4 based A8N32-SLI took a slight lead over the CrossFire Xpress based boards in Worldbench 5.0's 3DStudio Max benchmark, with the Intel system lagging behind by about 30 seconds. The DFI RDX200 CF-DR was technically the fastest of the CrossFire Xpress boards, followed by the ECS KA1 MVP and then Asus' A8R-MVP.
For our next text, we moved onto a benchmark based on Windows Media Encoder 9. PC WorldBench 5's Windows Media Encoding test reports encoding times in seconds, and like the tests above and on the previous page, lower times indicate better performance.
If we disregard the Intel results here, we clearly see that all of the other systems were very evenly matched. Encoding video is almost completely CPU and memory bandwidth dependant. And when you use the exact same Athlon 64 CPU and RAM in different systems, you'll likely get similar performance. That is, if all else is functioning properly in the system.