provides our next suite of tests. Their MPEG2 Encode
(part of the Video 2000 Suite) and 3DMark2001, really pour
the pressure on our test systems.
MadOnion's Video 2000 MPEG Encode and 3DMark 2001
DirectX 8 Testing
enough, we see both the i845 and i850 platforms at 1.8GHz.,
best the Athlon/DDR setup. The Asus P4B showing is
showing its strength of the two i845 boards and the RDRAM
i850 based system, pulls away from the rest of the pack.
This is one test, as you have seen the converse within the
Winstone tests, that favors the Pentium 4 architecture.
In a much more current
proving ground, the i850 and Athlon boards prove to be too
much to handle for the i845 SDRAM systems, based on the MSI
845Pro2-R and Asus P4B motherboards. Here lower end
system memory bandwidth, proves to be the bottleneck it is
expected to be. Regardless, these are still
respectable scores for the Pentium 4, even with one hand
tied behind its back.
Quake 3 Time
Demo Testing - OpenGL Performance
Let's wrap it up
Finally, if you
are an avid Quake 3 player, you won't be all that
disappointed with the performance of a Pentium 4 system,
based on either of these two i845 boards from Asus or MSI.
Both the MSI 845Pro2-R and Asus P4B close in tightly behind
the Athlon DDR combination, in this OpenGL based test.
Once again however, we're going to place weight more heavily
on the 3DMark 2001 score above. The 3DMark 2001 test
is much more of an up to date reference point for overall
foremost we feel compelled to underscore our concern, for
where PC133 SDRAM based i845 boards are headed and their
future. The performance of this platform falls short
of comparable RDRAM i850 based systems as well as AMD DDR
solutions. This was an obvious conclusion.
Furthermore, RDRAM although slightly more expensive than
PC1333 SDRAM, is relatively cheap at current levels,
hovering around $40 for a 128MB stick. Finally, with
DDR i845 and VIA P4X266 DDR solutions almost imminent, it is
probably more wise for the custom do-it-yourselfer or PC
enthusiast, to wait a few months and skip past right past
SDRAM based P4s. Regardless, we do see a small market
window for i845 SDRAM based solutions in the value segment
for large OEMs and integrators.
With regards to
our two contenders here from MSI and Asus, both of these
boards are excellent examples of top quality feature rich
designs on this platform. In some ways we tended to
lean toward the Asus P4B for its wealth of options in the
BIOS for overlcocking. However, the MSI 845Pro2-R also
has an Ace up its sleeve with its on board RAID controller.
If only either of these two boards were designed to utilize DDR memory, we would have been much more impressed overall.
both the Asus P4B and MSI 845Pro2-R i845 Pentium 4
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