Gigabyte GA-7VT600-L - Page 7

..:: SiSoft SANDRA ::..

The first benchmark we will be using today is SiSoft SANDRA, one of the most popular synthetic benchmarking programs. In the cpu arithmetic test, the Gigabyte KT600 based motherboard has a minimal speed improvement over the Asus KT400 based motherboard. Too close to call a winner while taking the margin of error into account.

Moving on to the SANDRA cpu multimedia test, the Gigabyte 7VT600-L is able to gain a slight performance lead over the Asus motherboard. So far, the difference between the two chipsets is minimal.

In the SiSoft SANDRA memory bandwidth tests, our Gigabyte KT600 motherboard is finally able to dominate the KT400 thanks to VIA's FastStream64 enhanced memory controller. Here we are seeing a 5.2% advantage in the integer test with a 4.9% advantage in the floating point test, both in favor of the Gigabyte 7VT600-L.

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

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 relies on additional aspects within a computer system like hard drive speeds, PriBench does not rely on any of these exterior devices for the tests. PriBench is a system level benchmark, and solely utilizes the performance of the processor and memory subsystem. Our benchmarking program is extremely accurate as we have witnessed time fluctuations of approximately .03 seconds. Taking a look at the results, our statement proves itself worthy in the different intensity tests. Due to the fact that the 7VT600-L clocks the FSB of our AMD processor a half megahertz faster than the A7V8X-X, the performance advantage for the Gigabyte motherboard is evident, but virtually nil.

..:: SuperPI ::..

In the Super PI tests, we run the program four times; once at one million, once at two million, once at four million, and once at eight million. The numbers in the graph above show the time in seconds that it took the system to calculate prime integers to the set number of digits with the lower score in each test indicating better performance. In this benchmark, the 7VT600-L again wins every benchmark but with minimal gains. The largest advantage is 2.7% in the eight million prime integer test.

..:: Specviewperf 7.0 ::..

I was expecting to see a larger performance advantage from the Gigabyte 7VT600-L over the KT400 motherboard in the SPECviewperf tests. After taking a look at the results, we'll notice something that we have seen so far in the previous benchmarks. The winner here is the 7VT600-L, but again it is by a slight margin.

..:: FutureMark 3DMark2001SE ::..

The 3DMark2001 SE benchmark exhibits the advantage of having improved memory performance. The 7VT600-L is able to pull ahead of the A7V8X-X in each of our selected tests. Reducing the program's default settings to a 640x480 resolution in 16bit color, the performance gain is roughly 3.3%.

..:: Quake III Arena ::..

The next benchmark we have for you is embedded within my favorite computer game, Quake III Arena. There is no question that the relevance of this benchmark is coming to an end soon, however overall performance can improve dramatically with increased system memory bandwidth, even with today's fastest video cards. Taking a look at the results, it is no surprise that the Gigabyte 7VT600-L is able to walk away with another victory because of the FastStream64 enhanced memory controller in the KT600 northbridge.

..:: Unreal Tournament 2003 ::..

The last benchmark we will test our motherboards with is Unreal Tournament 2003. Since I do not have the full retail version, I am going to use the 2.1 release of the HardOCP benchmarking add-in program that can be used with the v2206 demo. I have found that it saves a lot of time when benchmarking, has a very simple interface, and is already pre-configured to test a variety of platforms equally instead of having to manually adjust the settings myself. Using the add-in program, I chose to benchmark our motherboards using the Direct3D engine with low quality tests at a 640x480 resolution. The Gigabyte 7VT600-L again leads the KT400 motherboard in every test by a few frames per second for each map.