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The Springdale Showdown
Which board should you "spring" for?

Brought to you by Robert Maloney
July 10, 2003

How We Configured Our Test Systems:

To help fully explain the scores we listed in the following benchmarks, we felt it was necessary to explain how the systems were set up before running the benchmarks. On all of the boards, we started off by manually optimizing the BIOS settings to the most aggressive system options available. The memory frequency was manually set to DDR400 with the CAS timings set to 2-5-2-2.  The hard drive was formatted, and Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 1 was installed. After the Windows installation was complete, we installed the latest Intel chipset drivers for the 865PE, and upgraded to DirectX 9.0a.  We then installed the drivers for the rest of the components, using drivers supplied on each manufacturer's CD, except for the Tyan Tachyon G9500 Pro.  For this card, we downloaded and installed the latest (at time of testing) ATi Catalyst drivers, version 3.4.  Auto-Updating, Hibernation, and System Restore were disabled, and then we set up a 768MB permanent page file. On these test systems we set the visual effects to "best performance" in system performance to limit any effects these settings would have on the benchmarks.   Satisfied that every thing was set up correctly, we installed all of the benchmarking software, defragged the hard drive, and rebooted one last time.

HotHardware Test Setup
Let's get on with the show

Motherboards Tested:
Abit IS7-G
Albatron 865PE Pro II
Asus P4P800 Deluxe
Chaintech APOGEE 9PJL

Common Hardware:
Intel Pentium 4 Processor 2.4GHz / 800MHz System Bus
512MB (256MB x2) GEIL DDR433 Platinum SDRAM (2-5-2-2)
Tyan Tachyon G9500 Pro
Western Digital 20GB ATA100 Hard Drive
52x Creative Labs CD-ROM

Common Software / Drivers:
Windows XP with Service Pack 1
DirectX 9.0a
ATi Catalyst Drivers, v3.4
Intel Chipset Software, v5.00.1012

SiSoft Sandra Benchmarks
Synthetic testing

SANDRA (the System ANalyzer, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) is an information and diagnostic utility put out by the folks at SiSoftware.  It's a quick and easy way to compare the CPU, Memory, and Hard drive performance of a given system against an internal database of similar systems and drives. These benchmarks are theoretical scores, and can't necessarily be measured in ?real-world? terms, but they provide a good way to make comparisons amongst like components.  All of these tests were run with our CPU set to its default clock speed (~2.40GHz / 12 x 200MHz).






In Sandra's CPU benchmark, all but one of the boards placed within a 35 point range, with the Asus P4P800 distancing itself by almost 40 points from the nearest board, the Albatron 865PE Pro II.  Still, the variance from top to bottom only equated to about 1%, well within the margin of error.  Asus' margin of victory could also be explained by the aggressive timings of the board, running at a 202.3MHz FSB when at the "stock" speed.   The Multimedia test Integer point benchmark finds Asus at the top again, but the floating point calculations show an about face, with Asus falling to the back of the pack and MSI taking the lead.  The most important test, by far, was the memory performance module.  It was here that we could see what the "PAT"-like memory optimizations would bring to the performance level of each board.  Asus' HyperPath technology let the P4P800 cruise to an easy victory, followed closely by the Abit IS7-G.  Albatron and MSI also have a memory performance enhancement, and they fell into a virtual tie for third place.  The Chaintech 9PJL, devoid of any enhancements, unfortunately placed a distant fifth.

Winstones and PCMark2002 Benchmarks

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