Benchmarking with PCMark04
"The CPU test suite is a collection of tests that are run to isolate the performance of the CPU. There are nine tests in all. Two pairs of tests are run multithreaded - each test in the pair is run in its own thread. The remaining five tests are run single threaded. These tests include such functions as file encryption, decryption, compression and decompression, grammar check, audio conversion, WMV and DivX video compression."
We really don't expect wide variations between the 945 series hardware, but based on BIOS configuration and other factors, variations will exist. In this case, the Gigabyte GA-8I945P-G managed the best overall CPU score with its slightly more aggressive stock settings. Here, the score eclipsed that of the Foxconn board by 32 points while the Intel reference board topped the Foxconn board by 17 points. Our Athlon 3200+ comparison system delivered scores roughly two thirds that of the 945 series.
"The Memory test suite is a collection of tests that isolate the performance of the memory subsystem. The memory subsystem consists of various devices on the PC. This includes the main memory, the CPU internal cache (known as the L1 cache) and the external cache (known as the L2 cache). As it is difficult to find applications that only stress the memory, we explicitly developed a set of tests geared for this purpose. The tests are written in C++ and assembly. They include: Reading data blocks from memory, Writing data blocks to memory performing copy operations on data blocks, random access to data items and latency testing."
Memory performance followed a similar trend, with the Gigabyte GA-8I945P-G taking the top spot again. This time the Foxconn and Intel board's tied at 4632, while the GA-8I945P-G added 20 points to that total. The Athlon 3200+ comparison system fell roughly 25% or 1000 points to the 945 series.