Shuttle SN25P XPC (nForce 4 Ultra)

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Our Test Systems & SiSoft SANDRA

How we configured our test systems: When configuring the test systems for this review, we first entered their system BIOSes and set each board to its "Optimized" or "High-Performance Defaults."  The hard drives were then formatted, and Windows XP Professional (SP2) was installed. When the Windows installation was complete, we installed the rest of the necessary drivers and removed Windows Messenger from the system.  Auto-Updating and System Restore were also disabled, and we set up a 768MB 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
"Intel & AMD Inside!"
SYSTEM 1:
AMD Athlon 64 4000+
(2.4GHz)

Shuttle SN25P XPC
(FN25 nForce 4 Ultra)

2x512MB Corsair PC3200
CL 2-2-2-5

GeForce 6800 GT
On-board Ethernet
On-board Audio

WD "Raptor" HD
10,000 RPM SATA

Windows XP Pro SP2
nForce 4 Drivers v6.53
NVIDIA Forceware v71.89
DirectX 9.0c
SYSTEM 2:
AMD Athlon 64 4000+
(2.4GHz)

MSI K8N Neo4 Ultra
(nForce 4 Ultra)

2x512MB Corsair PC3200
CL 2-2-2-5

GeForce 6800 GT
On-board Ethernet
On-board Audio

WD "Raptor" HD
10,000 RPM SATA

Windows XP Pro SP2
nForce 4 Drivers v6.53
NVIDIA Forceware v71.89
DirectX 9.0c
SYSTEM 3:
AMD Athlon 64 4000+

(2.4GHz)

Gigabyte K8NXP-SLI
(nForce 4 SLI)

2x512MB Corsair PC3200
CL 2-2-2-5

GeForce 6800 GT
Onboard Ethernet
Onboard Audio

WD "Raptor" HD
10,000 RPM SATA

Windows XP Pro SP2
nForce 4 Drivers v6.53

Forceware v71.89
DirectX 9.0c
SYSTEM 2:
Pentium 4 EE 3.73GHz
(LGA 775)

NVIDIA Reference Mobo
(nForce 4 SLI IE)

2x512MB Corsair DDR2-667

CL 3-2-2-7

GeForce 6800 GT
On-board Ethernet
On-board Audio

WD "Raptor" HD
10,000 RPM SATA

Windows XP Pro SP2
nForce 4 Drivers v7.02
NVIDIA Forceware v71.89
DirectX 9.0c
Preliminary Benchmarks with SiSoft SANDRA 2005
Synthetic Testing

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 subsystem tests that partially comprise the SANDRA 2005 suite (CPU, Multimedia, and Memory) with the Shuttle SN25P XPC.  All of the scores reported below were taken with the processor and memory running at their default clock speeds of 2.4GHz and 200MHz (DDR400).


Processor Benchmark

Multimedia Benchmark

Memory Benchmark

The Shuttle SN25P XPC performed exactly as expected in the three SANDRA performance modules we ran. The CPU Arithmetic Benchmark had the Athlon 64 4000+ powered SN25P finishing just behind a higher clocked Opteron, and the Multimedia Benchmark reported scores on par with every other nForce 4 motherboard we've tested.  SANDRA's Memory Bandwidth Benchmark reported integer and floating point numbers just over the 6GB/s mark, which also falls in line with similarly equipped systems.

Tags:  nforce, Shuttle, PC, XPC, XP, Ultra, force, ULT

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