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Epox 4PDA2+ V2 Motherboard Review
One Step Closer to Near-Perfection

"Burned" in by Robert Maloney
September 3, 2003

PCMark 2002
Synthetic CPU and Memory Bandwidth Testing

We fired up Futuremark's PCMark 2002 to check our previous results with Sandra 2003.  This benchmark performs a series of CPU tasks such as image compression, text searches, and audio conversion to give us three scores: CPU, Memory, and Hard Disk Drive (HDD).   Although it is a relatively quick test to perform, it is perfect for comparing the performance of two or more systems.  We ran PCMark2002 on each of the systems, and jotted down the "CPU" and "Memory" performance results with the CPU clocked at its default speed of 2.40GHz. 

The CPU performance module in PCMark 2002 again shows a tight grouping of scores, with a margin of difference of about 1% from the Asus P4P800 down to the Albatron 865PE Pro-II.   Since all of the boards are essentially using the same chipset, these results are exactly what we should expect to see.  Still, Epox' 4PDA2+ puts up a good show again, coming in a close second behind the Showdown Champion, the P4P800.

Memory Test Technical details: (Quote Taken From Futuremark)

Raw read, write, and read-modify-write operations are performed starting from a 3072 kilobytes array decreasing in size to 1536 KB, 384 KB, 48 KB and finally 6 KB. Each size of block is tested two second and the amount of accessed data is given as result. In the STL container test a list of 116 byte elements is constructed and sorted by an integer pseudo-random key. The list is then iterated through as many times as possible for 2 seconds and the total size of the accessed elements is given as result. There are 6 runs of this test, with 24576 items in the largest run corresponding to a total data amount of 1536 KB, decreasing in size to 12288 items (768 KB), 6144 items (384 KB), 1536 items (96 KB), 768 items (48 KB) and 96 items in the smallest run corresponding to 6 KB of total data.

PCMark 2002's breakdown of the memory performance gave us a little better idea of how the Epox 4PDA2+ V2's Accelerated Memory Mode fares when compared to Abit's Game Accelerator and Asus' HyperPath technologies.  Although it seemed closer in Sandra 2003, there is a bit more room between the Asus P4P800 and the Abit IS7-G, and a slight bit more so before we get to the Epox 4PDA2+ V2.  Doing the math, the 215 point difference equates to about 2% less bandwidth.  Although the Albatron 865PE Pro-II does have a memory enhanced mode, it falls sharply behind the rest of the boards. 
Business & Content Creation Winstones
Simulated Application Performance

To find out how the boards relate in "Real World" performance, we used eTesting Labs' Business and Content Creation Winstone 2002 benchmarks.  We'll directly quote ZD's eTestingLabs website for an explanation as to how Business Winstone 2002 derives its score. (Content Creation Winstone 2002 uses the same process, but the scripted activities are comprised of different, more bandwidth hungry applications.):

"Business Winstone is a system-level, application-based benchmark that measures a PC's overall performance when running today's top-selling Windows-based 32-bit applications on Windows 98, Windows 2000 (SP2 or later), Windows Me, or Windows XP. Business Winstone doesn't mimic what these packages do; it runs real applications through a series of scripted activities and uses the time a PC takes to complete those activities to produce its performance scores."

Business Winstone Applications:
  • Five Microsoft Office 2002 applications
    (Access, Excel, FrontPage, PowerPoint, and Word)

  • Microsoft Project 2000

  • Lotus Notes

  • WinZip 8.0

  • Norton Antivirus

  • Netscape Communicator

Content Creation Winstone Applications:
  • Adobe Photoshop 6.0.1

  • Adobe Premiere 6.0

  • Macromedia Director 8.5

  • Macromedia Dreamweaver UltraDev 4

  • Microsoft Windows Media Encoder

  • Netscape Navigator 6/6.01

  • Sonic Foundry Sound Forge 5.0c (build 184)

The Business and Content Creation Winstones are great for checking performance levels of a system, but when we've got scores like this it's hard to make a judgment as to which one comes out on top.  At a quick glance, the Asus P4P800 appears to be the overall leader, with the Abit IS7 and Epox 4PDA2+ V2 nipping on its heels.  But with total differences of 0.3 in Business Winstone and 0.6 in Content Creation, we will happily claim that all boards are equal performers and move onto the gaming side of things.

3DMark and other gaming benchmarks

Tags:  PDA, 4P

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