abit IS7-G - Page 7

..:: SiSoft SANDRA ::..

First we’ll get into the performance benchmarks, starting off with SiSoft’s SANDRA. We’ll start things off right and keep them going all the way through the remaining benchmarks. As we can see from the above results, when the IS7-G is running at completely stock settings, it puts up numbers that are competitive with the D865PERL for both ALU and FPU performance, although it is only able to attain a small lead in FPU performance. When the IS7-G is running in the “F1” Game Accelerator mode, we see a nice performance jump putting the IS7-G above both the D865PERL, and the D875PBZ.

When it comes to Multimedia performance, we see that the IS7-G puts up similar numbers when running in “F1” mode, and with stock settings. In “F1” mode we see a slight gain in FPU performance, although we see a small drop in ALU performance, a factor that could easily be attributed to error in the results. The IS7-G has a slight lead over both the D865PERL and D875PBZ in FPU performance, but the Intel boards hit back and both take home the ALU crown.

Now, the next benchmark is, of course, for overall memory subsystem performance. Here we can really see the vast capabilities of the IS7-G. When the board is running with completely stock settings, it puts up respectable numbers slightly higher than the D865PERL, although it is still a ways from the D875PBZ’s marks. When we kick the IS7-G into “F1” mode, we see an impressive gain with the IS7-G blowing past the competition and breaking into the 5000’s. Remember, the “F1” setting is the high performance setting, and not all memory will be able to run at such aggressive timings, but if you’re memory can do it, this is the kind of performance gain you’ll be looking at.

..:: MBReview.com PriBench v1.04 ::..

This is a new benchmark that we’ll be adding to our list from now on in our motherboard and processor reviews. PriBench v1.04 is much like SuperPI in that it is computationally intensive. PriBench is a system level benchmark, and relies solely on the performance of the processor and memory subsystem. Unlike many of today’s synthetic benchmarks which rely on other aspects such as hard drive speeds, etc. PriBench does not rely on any “exterior” devices for the tests. PriBench was coded in house and utilizes a computationally intensive algorithm to compute primes well into the 100’s of millions for the current version. The program is extremely precise as we have seen time fluctuations of around +/- .03 or so seconds. In the PriBench tests, we can see that when the IS7-G is running stock, it puts up numbers slightly behind those of the D875PBZ and GA-8KNXP, as it well should. When we kick the IS7-G into “F1” mode, we see a pretty nice leap by the IS7-G, almost catching up with the GA-8KNXP. If we were to factor in the stock clock speeds of this selection of motherboards, we would see that the Abit IS7-G “F1”and Intel D875PBZ are the strongest for arithmetic performance.

..:: SuperPI ::..

In the SuperPI tests, we run the program four times, once at one million, once at two million, once at four million, and you guessed it once at eight 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 that, as one would expect, all three of the boards put up nice numbers very much in line with each other. Once again, we see that when the IS7-G is running at stock speeds, it doesn’t appear to be anything special. In the SuperPi benchmarks we see that it ends up falling behind the D865PERL and D875PBZ by two seconds in the four million digit calculation, and 4 seconds in the eight million digit calculation. When the IS7-G is run in “F1” mode, however, we see it leap from the back of the pack to the very forefront. Now, instead of falling behind both boards, it manages to put up a nice lead over the competition by two, five, ten, and twenty four seconds!

..:: Specviewperf 7.0 ::..

In the SPECviewperf 7.0 benchmarks, we see something that we have yet to see all day long. In both stock mode, and “F1” mode, the Abit IS7-G manages to take hold of a lead in nearly all of the benchmarks. The only one where the IS7-G lags behind the D865PERL and D875PBZ would be the Light05 test. In the remainder of the tests, we see the IS7-G holding a slight lead throughout at stock speeds, while when it is switched into “F1” mode, we see even larger performance gains by the IS7-G over the competition. If the IS7-G can hold up like this for the remainder of our tests, we’ll have a new performance king.

..:: FutureMark 3DMark2001SE ::..

FutureMark’s 3DMark2001 SE is first off on today’s list of multimedia application benchmarks. Here we are seeing results portraying the same story that we have been reading all day long. When the IS7-G is running with full stock settings, we see that it lags behind the competition by a fair margin. I expected to see it perform much closer to the D865PERL being that both boards are based off of the i865PE chipset, although the IS7-G lagged behind by roughly 1.5 - 2.0%. When the IS7-G is kicked into “F1” mode, it is able to lay a pretty nice beating on both the D875PBZ and the D865PERL. The IS7-G goes from being dead last to holding a performance lead of nearly 3% over the i875P based D875PBZ, and roughly 4.5% over the i865PE based D865PERL.

..:: Quake III Arena ::..

Well, the story that has held up so far continues on in the Quake III Arena benchmarks. Her we see that when the IS7-G is running with stock settings, it lags behind both of the Intel motherboards by a fair margin. We are seeing a performance lead by the D865PERL of roughly 1.4% for 16-Bit resolution and 1.2% for 32-Bit resolution. When we kick the IS7-G into “F1” mode, we once again see it walk all over the competition. We are seeing performance leads over the i875P based D875PBZ of 6.9% for 16-Bit resolution, and 7.6% for 32-Bit resolution! This is, to say in the very least, a very impressive performance boost.

..:: Unreal Tournament 2003 ::..

Last up for today we have yet another real world performance 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 of the boards is once again rather miniscule, once again, we see the Intel D865PERL holding of the stock IS7-G, although the IS7-G does manage to take hold of a small lead in the BotMatch benchmark. The performance leads for both boards here are not even 1% to give you an idea as to how closely these boards are matched. When the IS7-G is run in “F1” mode, we see that once again, it goes from being in the back of the pack to the leading position. We are seeing a performance lead over the D875PBZ of 4.5% for the FlyBy benchmark, and 4.7% for the BotMatch benchmark.

Well, what else can I say besides, wow. When the IS7-G is run with default settings, it really isn’t anything special. In fact, I expected to see slightly better performance out of the IS7-G with stock settings, but the D865PERL put up some good competition. But, the story of the day doesn’t deal with the IS7-G’s stock performance, rather with the performance of Abit’s “Game Accelerator” technology. When we kicked this board into the highest performance mode possible, “F1”, we saw the IS7-G laying a beating on even the Intel D875PBZ, the fastest motherboard we had seen to date! We were seeing number put up by the IS7-G that surpasses all of our i875P motherboards in nearly every single benchmark run. This is clearly an impressive feat to say the least. Abit’s new “Game Accelerator” technology is the real deal, and it adds a world of value to the IS7-G.