abit BG7E - Page 7

..:: Benchmarks ::..

  • Test System One: Abit BE7-RAID, Intel Pentum 4 2.0A, 512Mb Corsair XMS 3000, ATI RADEON 8500 w/Catalyst 2.3
  • Test System Two: VPSD P4PB 400-FL, Intel Pentum 4 2.0A, 512Mb Corsair XMS 3000, ATI RADEON 8500 w/Catalyst 2.3
  • Test System Three: Abit BG7E, Intel Pentum 4 2.0A, 512Mb Corsair XMS 3000, ATI RADEON 8500 w/Catalyst 2.3
  • Test System Four: Gigabyte GA-8IEXP, Intel Pentum 4 2.0A, 512Mb Corsair XMS 3000, ATI RADEON 8500 w/Catalyst 2.3

..:: SiSoft SANDRA ::..

Next up we’ll get into the performance benchmarks, starting off with SiSoft’s SANDRA. In the Arithmetic tests, the Abit BG7E comes out dead last behind the VPSD P4PB 400, Gigabyte GA-8IEXP, and Abit BE7-RAID in integer performance but it manages to climb back to second for floating-point performance. In the Multimedia tests, the BG7E comes in a close second for both integer and floating-point performance, barely edging out the i845PE based BE7-RAID and P4X400 based P4PB 400. We still see a substantial lead held by the Gigabyte GA-8IEXP in this test. When it comes to memory performance, we see what we have come accustomed to seeing; the VPSD P4PB 400 holds the crown since its utilizing DDR333 while we are limited to DDR266 with our i845PE, and i845GE motherboards. We can’t test the BG7E or BE7-RAID with DDR333 yet as it requires the use of a 533MHz FSB Pentium 4 which we do not have the pleasure of being able to use at this time. We are working on getting our hands on one as soon as possible though.

..:: SuperPI ::..

In the SuperPI tests, we run the program three times, once at one million, once at two million, and once at four million. The numbers in the graph above show the time in seconds that it took the system to calculate pi to the set number of digits. In this benchmark, we can clearly see the processing superiority of the P4PB 400 over the GA-8IEXP; however the Abit BE7-RAID and Abit BG7E manage to hold their own very well even while using only DDR266. As I said in the BE7-RAID review, I have a feeling that, if we were able to run the board with DDR333, the BE7-RAID and BG7E would come out on top. We can see that the BG7E and BE7-RAID run neck and neck with the BE7-RAID coming out as the leader of the two.

..:: SPECviewperf 7.0 ::..

Another benchmark we’ve recently upgraded to here in the labs is SPECviewperf 7.0 We were previously using the more outdated 6.1.2, however we thought we’d punish these boards some more with 7.0. As you’ll be able to see form the benchmarks, we can do just that with the latest version. Anyway, in tests we can see some pretty interesting results. The BG7E manages to nudge the BE7-RAID out of its second place spot in all but two tests. The only tests where the BE7-RAID managed to best the BG7E were the DX07 and Light05 tests. We can also see that both boards are moving ever closer to finally taking the performance crown from the VPSD P4PB 400. Just as with the SuperPI tests, if we were able to test these boards with DDR333, I’d say that it would more than likely come out on top.

..:: Cinebench 2000 ::..

The Cinebench 2000 tests show the boards coming in nearly equal in all tests. In the Cinebench test, a small margin can mean a good deal of performance difference in the end due to the fact it is indeed a very stressful test upon the system overall. We can see that in the Cinebench tests, the BG7E once again barely manages to best the BE7-RAID in all tests. It manages to take over third place in the Cinema4D test, and second in the Raytracing test. The BG7E comes out on top in the OpenGL test. The Gigabyte GA-8IEXP still holds the overall crown by an ever so slight amount in this benchmark.

..:: MadOnion 3DMark2001 SE ::..

MadOnion’s 3DMark2001 SE yet again shows our Abit BG7E and BE7-RAID being able to keep up with the DDR333 powered P4PB 400. Once again, the performance difference is extremely small, especially in the higher resolutions. Both the BG7E and BE7-RAID are able to show their true superiority over the GA-8IEXP, but when compared head to head, the difference is virtually null in each case. We can see that in all but one resolution, the BG7E bests its BE7-RAID brethren. The BG7E almost manages to overtake the P4PB 400 in the each resolution test, but it just can’t manage to do it until the highest resolution test. Nevertheless, the DDR333 powered P4PB 400 has finally lost its crown in the higher resolution tests to an “under-powered” DDR266 motherboard. This shows the true power of the i845PE / i845GE chipset when combined with Abit’s level of performance.

..:: Quake III Arena ::..

Well, the story that has held through all throughout the tests has shown up again. The BG7E and BE7-RAID are both able to keep pace with the P4PB 400 in all resolutions; however it isn’t as close as we saw in some of the previous benchmarks. Here we can also see that contrary to what we saw in the 3DMark2001 SE benchmark, the BG7E can’t manage to best the BE7-RAID in any resolution. The performance difference is merely a frame per second or less, although considering these two boards are based off of the “same” chipset, this is to be expected. Once again I think it’d be safe to say that if we were able to test the board at DDR333 speeds, the Abit BG7E and BE7-RAID would come out on top for overall performance.

..:: Unreal Tournament 2003 ::..

Last up for today we have yet another new benchmark for our motherboard reviews, Unreal Tournament 2003. We are using the built-in benchmarking utility with custom .ini files to make sure all settings are at high quality to allow for optimal benchmarking results for comparison. In these tests, although the performance difference between all boards is once again very miniscule, the Abit BG7E is still able to keep up with the BE7-RAID and P4PB 400. As a matter of fact, we once again see that the BG7E has managed to best the scores of the BE7-RAID. As the resolution grows, the BG7E grows ever closer to taking over the lead from the P4PB 400, but it just can’t manage to do it only running on DDR266. The same can be said for the BE7-RAID that we tested not too long ago.

Well, the benchmarks speak for themselves and once again they are quite impressive indeed. Although we are only able to test the Abit BG7E with DDR266 memory speeds, the board can, in nearly every case, keep up with the DDR333 powered VPSD P4PB 400. The BG7E was also able to take the crown away from the P4PB 400 in the higher resolution 3DMark2001 SE tests. This is a true judgment to the performance orientation of the motherboard. The Abit BG7E also shows its own superiority over the i845E powered Gigabyte GA-8IEXP in nearly all of the tests, along with the BE7-RAID. Granted the performance difference between the BE7-RAID and BG7E is virtually null, but it did managed slightly higher scores in most benchmarks. I still say that if we were able to test the Abit BG7E and BE7-RAID at DDR333 speeds, they would take the crown for overall performance.