Quake 3 & Comanche 4
We also tested
the two motherboards with a couple of games. In this
case we ran two popular tests, Quake 3 and Comanche 4.
With Quake 3 we set the application to the "Fastest Setting"
which effectively takes the video out of the picture,
focusing on raw CPU performance. With Comanche 4, a
benchmark that is very CPU dependant, we left the settings
at their defaults while selecting the "No Audio" option.
With both gaming
tests, the Intel 865PE maintained the faster score, albeit
by a small margin. Either way you look at it, both
systems returned very good, competitive results and the
SiS655FX looks impressive all around.
Content Creation 2002 and Business Winstone 2002
World Application Testing
With our last
round of tests we ran both Business Winstone 2002 and
Content Creation Winstone 2002. Each application
gauges a system's overall performance with workstation and
multimedia applications. Business Winstone 2002 tests
performance with common workstation applications, while
Content Creation 2002 tests multimedia intensive
applications. Below is a list of the programs each
test uses to calculate its final score.
Microsoft® FrontPage® 2002 SP-1
Microsoft® PowerPoint® 2002 SP-1
Microsoft® Excel 2002 SP-1
Microsoft® Access 2002 SP-1
Microsoft® Word 2002 SP-1
Microsoft® Project 2000
AntiVirusTM from Symantec
Macromedia Director 8.5
Macromedia Dreamweaver UltraDev 4
Microsoft Windows Media Encoder 7.01.00.3055
Foundry Sound Forge 5.0c (build 184)
As we wrap the
benchmarking section up, the picture didn't change much
compared to the other tests. Each board performed
virtually identical and in the case of Content Creation
2002, we had an even tie, possibly a HotHardware first,
coming from two different chipsets.
chipset delivers performance, about on par with Intel's
mainstream i865PE chipset. After taking this reference
board for a ride, we must say that we believe SiS has come
up with a very strong alternative to the Intel 865/875
family of chipsets. The SiS655FX offers motherboard
manufacturers a choice at a better price. In the end,
this benefits everyone involved by allowing each motherboard
OEM the ability to offer powerful boards at a lower price
points, without sacrificing performance or features.
Ultimately this benefits you, the customer, by giving you a
more than capable motherboard and more choices to work with
in your selection process. With integrated proprietary
technology, namely Hyperstreaming, the SiS655FX is an
efficient performer that can compete with the likes of the
Intel 865/875 family of chipsets and the SiS964 Southbridge
ensures you will not be left yearning for more features.
Like Intel's ICH5, even those of you that have taken the
Serial ATA plunge, have a support with the SiS655FX.
We have a feeling we are going to see a lot of this chipset
cropping up and until someone else comes out with a better
solution, SiS is going to be sitting pretty for a while, as
the only real competitor to Intel's latest chipset offering
for the P4.
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