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..:: SiSoft SANDRA ::..

To start off today’s performance testing results, we’re going to cover SiSoftware’s SANDRA benchmarking suite. The first benchmark that we ran was to determine Arithmetic performance of the 915A03-P-8EKRS in comparison to the two other Grantable based boards we have today, the ABIT AG8 and the Albatron PX915G Pro. As can be seen from the graph above, the 915A03-P-8EKRS fares quite well on FPU performance front, although it lags a little behind the PX915G Pro in ALU performance. For the Multimedia results, we found that generally, all three boards are running almost identically. We see slightly varying scores for both ALU and FPU performance between boards, but it isn’t enough to make one board stand out. This story is repeated once again when it comes to Memory performance. All three boards put up numbers very close to one another, though the 915A03-P-8EKRS brings up the rear ever so slightly.

..:: 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.

On the PriBench front, we can see that the 915A03-P-8EKRS posts up almost identical computation times as what we experienced with he Albatron PX915G Pro, one of the fastest motherboards to date based off of the Grantsdale platform. We see that the ABIT AG8 is also able to post up some solid times, but it falls behind both the Albatron and Foxconn offerings by roughly one third of a second in the most intensive test.

..:: ScienceMark 2.0 ::..

Next in line for our benchmarking results, we find ScienceMark 2.0. For this benchmarking suite, we decided to take a look at the performance results achieved with MemBench to analyze latency times as well as bandwidth. As we saw with the SANDRA results a little earlier, each of the three boards puts up a bandwidth score that is quite close to the other boards. This time however, the 915A03-P-8EKRS actually comes out as the best board, causing a reverse of the results seen in SANDRA. Latency and cycle wise, the 915A03-P-8EKRS is virtually identical to that of the AG8 and PX915G Pro, though it has a slightly higher latency time.

..:: AquaMark 3.0 ::..

To start off the gaming related synthetic benchmarks, we’re going to cover results that we attained from AquaMark 3.0. This is a gorgeous benchmark and can place some serious strain on any system. For our benchmarking purposes, we ran the default test at 1024 x 768 x 32 with no anti-aliasing or anisotropic filtering enabled. Much as was expected heading into this benchmark, we find that all three of the boards are running neck and neck, as well they should be. The 915A03-P-8EKRS manages to overtake the ABIT AG8, and nearly matches the score posted by the PX915G Pro.

..:: FutureMark 3DMark2003 ::..

The next benchmark that we’ll be covering from a gaming aspect is that of FutureMark’s 3DMark 2003. For our 3DMark2003 results, we see the 915A03-P-8EKRS placing in second with a score just behind that of the ABIT AG8. The Albatron PX915G Pro puts up a similar score, though it can’t manage to overtake the 915A03-P-8EKRS, just as the 915A03-P-8EKRS is beaten out by the AG8. From what we’ve seen so far throughout these benchmarks, and now heading into the synthetic gaming tests, these three boards are pretty identical. Let’s see if we find any real differences in some additional benchmarks.

..:: Quake III Arena ::..

The next of our gaming oriented benchmarks is the famed Quake III Arena. In order to remove any sort of graphics bottleneck from our results, we chose to go with the standard 640 x 480 resolution for our tests. As far as QIIIA performance goes, the 915A03-P-8EKRS is able to once again jump ahead of the ABIT AG8, although it is only by a few FPS. The results we received in the Quake III Arena benchmark are identical to what we saw a minute ago with AquaMark 3.0. Let’s see if things hold true and this pattern is seen in UT2003 as well.

..:: Unreal Tournament 2003 ::..

The last benchmark for the day, Unreal Tournament 2003, shows us some very interesting results. For this test, we once again ran the benchmark in 640 x 480 mode in order take the graphics card out of the equation as far as results go. In both sets of results above, we see that we’ll be ending our benchmarking tests today with a bit of a curve. This time, we see the ABIT AG8 overtaking the 915A03-P-8EKRS and PX915G Pro for performance under the BotMatch benchmark. For FlyBy, the 915A03-P-8EKRS actually manages to overtake both the AG8 and PX915G Pro.