Quake 3 & Comanche 4
We also tested
the two motherboards with a couple of games. In this
case we ran two popular tests, Quake 3 and Comanche 4.
With Quake 3 we set the application to the "Fastest Setting"
which effectively takes the video card out of the picture,
focusing on raw CPU performance. With Comanche 4, a
benchmark that is very CPU dependant, we left the settings
at their defaults while selecting the "No Audio" option.
With both gaming
tests, the Intel 865PE maintained the faster score, albeit
by a small margin. Either way you look at it, both
systems returned very good, competitive results.
Content Creation 2002 and Business Winstone 2002
World Application Testing
With our last
round of tests we ran both Business Winstone 2002 and
Content Creation Winstone 2002. Each application
gauges a system's overall performance with workstation and
multimedia applications. Content Creation 2002 tests
multimedia intensive applications, while Business
Winstone 2002 compares performance with common workstation
applications. Below is a list of the programs each
test uses to calculate its final score.
Macromedia Director 8.5
Macromedia Dreamweaver UltraDev 4
Microsoft Windows Media Encoder 7.01.00.3055
Foundry Sound Forge 5.0c (build 184)
Microsoft® FrontPage® 2002 SP-1
Microsoft® PowerPoint® 2002 SP-1
Microsoft® Excel 2002 SP-1
Microsoft® Access 2002 SP-1
Microsoft® Word 2002 SP-1
Microsoft® Project 2000
AntiVirusTM from Symantec
When it came to
multimedia intensive application testing using Content
Creation 2002, the DFI 865PE Infinity and the SiS655FX
reference motherboard were in a dead heat, posting identical
scores. With common workstation application
performance testing using Business Winstone 2002, the
SiS655FX took a slight lead, probably a result of the faster
hard drive performance.
As we bring this
review to a close and try to collect our thoughts, it is
difficult to say anything bad about the DFI 865PE Infinity
motherboard itself. Yes, we thought the manual was a
bit scant on information, but the board itself was
impressive. The feature set is excellent, with decent
6 channel audio, USB 2.0, FireWire and SATA RAID. Top
that off with a complete BIOS that offers all the necessary
settings for fine tuning performance, CMOS Reloaded and the
added performance possible from Superpatch and you have a
good package. And let us not overlook the awesome
overclocking performance of this motherboard, allowing us to
hit 3.21GHz with our Pentium 4 2.4GHz processor with minimal
BIOS adjustments and stock cooling. If you are looking
for a system long on features, performance, stability and
overclocking potential, we can't see how you would be
disappointed with the DFI 865PE Infinity, this board is the
We give the DFI 865PE Infinity a Hothardware Heat Meter
Rating of a 9.5
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