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

"Burned" in by Robert Maloney
September 3, 2003

3DMark 2001 and 3DMark03
Synthetic Gaming

We already knew that the Springdales made for fine gaming conditions, but where would the Epox 4PDA2+ V2 wind up?  We took a look at Futuremark's 3DMark 2001 SE and 3DMark03 to get some synthetic scores.  Both of these benchmarks render a variety of scenes, using DirectX 8 and 9 vertex and pixel shaders.  We ran both benchmarks at exactly the same settings; 1024x768 resolution and 32-bit color, with all other settings left at their defaults. 


Both versions of 3DMark give us the same results, regardless of what version of DirectX we were testing with.  Bolstered by it's top-rated memory bandwidth, the Asus P4P800 Deluxe took top honors in each test, although the rest of the pack was very close behind.  With the difference between the Asus and the Epox boards being less than one percent in each version of 3DMark, we can safely say that gaming performance should be on par with each other.  To prove this, let's check on some frame rates from actual games.
   
Comanche 4 Demo and Quake 3 Arena
Let's get a look at some frame rates

With the 4PDA2+ V2 holding its own in the synthetic benchmarks, we next set our sights on two games that have built-in testing modes.  The Comanche 4 Demo from Novalogic is a DirectX benchmark that is highly CPU and Memory bandwidth dependent.  For testing purposes, we ran the benchmark routine at 800x600x32, but disabled the audio.  Quake 3 Arena is a well-known OpenGL benchmark that we have used in almost all of our reviews.  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.

With the CPU speed remaining equal for the most part, differences in the Comanche 4 demo can be attributed almost solely to the memory bandwidth allocated to the drawing of the textures.  With this in mind, it should come as no surprise that the Asus P4P800 came out on top, just shy of 54 frames per second.  This was followed a half frame back by the Abit IS7, another half of a frame for the Epox 4PDA2+, and yet another half to the Albatron 865PE Pro-II.  Quake 3 Arena, which is much less taxing on the system and therefore less affected by the memory, puts up four numbers which were almost identical.   We will give credit when it is due, however, and point out that the Epox 4PDA2+ V2 posted the highest score of the bunch at 231.8 frames per second.
 
Overclocking Results and the Final Rating

Tags:  PDA, 4P

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