Epox 5LWA+ i925XE Motherboard

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Test Setup and SANDRA

 

How we configured our test systems: When configuring the test systems for this review, we first entered the system BIOS and set each board to their "Optimized" or "High-Performance Defaults".  The hard drive was then formatted, and Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 2 was installed. When the installation was complete, we hit the Windows Update site and downloaded all of the available updates, with the exception of the ones related to Windows Messenger. Then we installed all of the necessary drivers, and removed Windows Messenger from the system altogether. Auto-Updating and System Restore were also disabled, and we setup a 1536MB permanent page file on the same partition as the Windows installation. Lastly, we set Windows XP's Visual Effects to "best performance", installed all of our benchmarking software, defragged the hard drives and ran all of the tests.

Test System Specifications
TAll Intel A
SYSTEM 1:

Shuttle SB95P


Intel 925XE Chipset
Intel Pentium 4 550 3.4GHz CPU
2x512MB Corsair XMS2 Pro DDR2

ASUS Extreme AX800XL
On-Board 10/100/1000 Ethernet
On-Board Audio

120GB Seagate Barracuda
7,200 RPM SATA Hard Drive

Windows XP Pro SP2

ATi Catalyst 5.3 Drivers
DirectX 9.0c
SYSTEM 2:

Epox 5LWA+


Intel 925XE Chipset
Intel Pentium 4 550 3.4GHz CPU
2x512MB Corsair XMS2 Pro DDR2

ASUS Extreme AX800XL
On-Board 10/100/1000 Ethernet
On-Board Audio

120GB Seagate Barracuda
7,200 RPM SATA Hard Drive

Windows XP Pro SP2

ATi Catalyst 5.3 Drivers
DirectX 9.0c
SYSTEM 3:

Intel 915PBL

Intel 915P Chipset
Intel Pentium 4 550 3.4GHz CPU
2x512MB Corsair XMS2 Pro DDR2

ASUS Extreme AX800XL
On-Board 10/100/1000 Ethernet
On-Board Intel High Definition Audio

120GB Seagate Barracuda
7,200 RPM SATA Hard Drive

Windows XP Pro SP2

ATi Catalyst 5.3 Drivers
DirectX 9.0c
Preliminary Benchmarks With SiSoft SANDRA 2005
Synthetic Testing Starts with SANDRA

We began our testing with SiSoftware's SANDRA, the System ANalyzer, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant. SANDRA consists of a set of information and diagnostic utilities that can provide a host of useful information about your hardware and operating system. We ran three of the built-in sub-system tests (CPU Arithmetic, CPU Multimedia, and Memory Bandwidth) that partially comprise the SANDRA 2005 suite of benchmarks.  All of these tests were run with the Epox 5LWA+ powered by an Intel Pentium 4 550 3.4GHz CPU with 1GB of Corsair DDR2 and compared against similar systems from SANDRA's database.



SANDRA CPU Arithmetic Benchmark
Pentium 4 550 @ 3.4GHz
1024MB DDR2 (CL4)


SANDRA Memory Benchmark
Pentium 4 550 @ 3.4GHz
1024MB DDR2 (CL4)


SANDRA CPU Multimedia Benchmark
Pentium 4 550 @ 3.4GHz
1024MB DDR2 (CL4)

The 5LWA+ proved to be right on target with expected CPU output of a Pentium 4 550, although slightly behind in the memory bandwidth.  Performance-wise, that's quite good, as the 5LWA+ consistently remained at or near the top of some high-end equipment that we chose for comparison.  Synthetic benchmarks only tell half of the story, however, as we will need to compare performance in SANDRA, 3DMark, et al. with what we get in real-world gaming benchmarks to get the full picture of the capabilities of this motherboard.

 

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