Chaintech A865PE - Page 7

..:: SiSoft SANDRA ::..

To start off the performance benchmarks today, we’ll first be addressing the A865PE’s performance in SiSoftware’s SANDRA benchmarking suite, more specifically the Arithmetic, Multimedia, and Memory benchmarks. As far as the Arithmetic results go, we see the Chaintech A865PE besting the entire group for both the individual ALU and FPU performance portions. The FPU performance is a close battle with the competition, but for ALU the A865PE holds a slightly larger lead. For the Multimedia benchmark, we once again see the Chaintech A865PE coming out on top for both ALU and FPU scores. This time, the A865PE holds a slightly more sizeable lead in the FPU category. Finally, we have the memory bandwidth scores. Yet again the A865PE is able the best the competing motherboards by a nice margin, with only the Albatron PX875P Pro for competition. Let’s see if the A865PE can keep this kind of performance going.

..:: MBReview PriBench ::..

Using our very own in-house benchmark, MBReview PriBench uses a computationally intensive algorithm to compute several hundred millions of prime integers. Unlike other synthetic benchmarks which rely on additional components within a computer system like the hard drive, PriBench does not rely on any of these exterior devices for the tests. PriBench is a system level benchmark, solely utilizing the performance of the processor and memory subsystem. It also focuses on comparing processor architectures and technologies and then seeing how much a core clock and/or FSB speed increase can be beneficial to the system. Our program is extremely accurate as we have witnessed time fluctuations of approximately .05 - .10 seconds.

If we take a look at the results we obtained through our strenuous testing with PriBench, we find that the A865PE is able to easily blow by the competition. In the most computationally intensive test, we see the A865PE holding on to a little more than a five second lead. For PriBench, this is a huge difference. The Chaintech A865PE even is able to sustain a lead of roughly three and a half seconds in the second most intensive benchmark. From the PriBench results, it looks to be that the A865PE is certainly a strong board when it comes to number crunching performance.

..:: ScienceMark 2.0 ::..

For our ScienceMark 2.0 benchmarks, we decided to take a look at the performance results achieved with three of the built-in programs, those being MemBench, and MolDyn. We’ll start off with the MemBench results. The MemBench bandwidth tests told a different story than that of SiSoft SANDRA. Here we find the A865PE nearly bringing up the rear for memory bandwidth. The most interesting item we found through our ScienceMark testing was that the latency times for the A865PE were quite a bit larger than that of competing motherboards. The cycle and latency number we received were quite a bit more than the other i875P and i865PE motherboard we had worked with. Interestingly enough, and somewhat predictable from our earlier result, in the MolDyn benchmark we see the A865PE easily besting the competition.

..:: SPECviewperf 7.0 ::..

In the SPECviewperf 7.0 benchmarks, we chose to relay results to you from four of the various benchmarks that are embedded within the benchmarking suite. In the SPECviewperf benchmarks, we see that the A865PE tends to swap back and forth between being ahead of the competition, and lagging behind. For the DX and DRV benchmarks, we see the A865PE holding a small lead over the competing boards, while in the 3DSMax benchmark it falls back to second, right behind the Albatron PX875P Pro. When it comes to the Light benchmark, things change for the worse. This benchmark shows the A865PE lagging sorely behind both the D875PBZ and PT880Pro-FGR, but it does manage to come out ahead of the competing i865PE motherboard, the PX875P Pro.

..:: Quake III Arena ::..

Quake III Arena has been around for quite some time, and has been amicably used for benchmarking purposes even since its inception. As time has progressed, less and less importance has been placed on this benchmark due to the ever increasing age of the software and graphic engine. When it comes to real world performance, we see that the A865PE is able to put up some respectable numbers, but in comparison to the Albatron PX875P Pro and Intel D875PBZ, it falls behind a bit. I was surprised to see the A865PE fall this far behind with some of the earlier benchmark results we obtained, but nevertheless, the A865PE falls right into place for i865PE level performance. All of the Intel based motherboards were able to best the VIA based PT880Pro-FGR from Soltek.

..:: 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 the Unreal Tournament 2003 benchmarks, we see results that are very much in line with that of Quake III Arena. Once again, the A865PE is able to keep up with both the D875PBZ and PX875P Pro, but it still comes in line I third place. Once again, all of the various Intel based motherboards are easily able to best the performance of the VIA based PT880Pro-FGR.