Intel D845PEBT2 - Page 7

..:: SiSoft SANDRA ::..

Next up 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, The D845PEBT2 outperforms our Abit BE7-RAID in both ALU and FPU performance for the Arithmetic benchmark. The integer performance lead is sizably larger than that of the floating point performance. Accounting for error, these boards seem to be reporting nearly identical results in the Arithmetic test. The Multimedia test doesn’t report anything new. This time the BE7-RAID edges out the PEBT2 by a whopping 1 point in integer performance, while the PEBT2 takes the crown in floating point performance by 7 points. Once again, these boards are looking to be equals. Lastly, the memory tests don’t show us anything we haven’t seen already. Both motherboards put up nearly identical numbers with the PEBT2 barely being able to nudge out the BE7-RAID. If the Intel PEBT2 can keep up pace with the BE7-RAID in the remaining benchmarks, it will surely surpass the expectations I had for it going into the review. But, will it?

..:: 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 that both the PEBT2 and BE7-RAID are nearly equals. Each board puts up an identical time to the other up until the two million digit mark where the PEBT2 takes the lead over the BE7-RAID by two seconds. When we move up to a higher mark of four million, the PEBT2’s lead remains the same at a mark of two seconds. By the time we reach a processing mass of eight million digits, the PEBT2 has extended its lead to a time of four seconds. Clearly we can see that once again these boards seem to be performing at nearly identical speeds with the PEBT2 being ever so slightly faster. Can the PEBT2 keep it up?

..:: Specviewperf 7.0 ::..

A benchmark we’ve recently upgraded to here in the labs is SPECviewperf 7.0 As I’ve mentioned in the last two reviews, we were previously using the more outdated 6.1.2, however we thought we’d punish these boards some more with 7.0. If we take a look at the results, we’ll notice something interesting. What’s so interesting? Well, nothing but I made you look didn’t I? OK, maybe not, but we are seeing that both boards are once again putting up nearly identical scores. The PEBT2 takes the lead in the UGS01, Drv08, and 3dsmax01 tests while the BE7-RAID takes the lead in the Dx07, and Light05 tests. The boards both put up identical numbers in the Proe01 test. Once again, the boards are performing at nearly identical performance levels, but the PEBT2 just keeps managing to barely win out in the end.

..:: Cinebench 2000 ::..

The Cinebench 2000 tests once again 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 PEBT2 manages to take the lead in two of the three tests, those being the Cinema4D and OpenGL tests. The BE7-RAID manages to best the PEBT2 in the Raytracing test. I’m beginning to become very impressed with the performance of this PEBT2. Maybe I took Intel’s performance claim a little too lightly. Let’s see what happens when we throw these boards at some gaming benchmarks!

..:: FutureMark 3DMark2001SE ::..

FutureMark’s 3DMark2001 SE shows us something we have yet to see all day long. What would that be? Well, we finally have a clear cut winner in each of the tests, and the winner is…the PEBT2. The Intel D845PEBT2 is able to sustain a fair sized lead over the BE7-RAID in each and every resolution with the performance difference shrinking ever so slightly as the resolutions increase. I was very surprised to see the PEBT2 coming out on top of the BE7-RAID in each of these tests, and it surely is a testament to the fact that the PEBT2 is indeed meant for performance users. Let’s see what happens when we throw Quake III Arena at both boards. Think the PEBT2 will come out on top again…let’s find out.

..:: Quake III Arena ::..

Well, the story that has held through all throughout the tests has just taken a minor slap to the face. Unlike what we saw in the FutureMark tests, now we’re seeing the BE7-RAID come out on top in each and every resolution with its lead dwindling as the resolution increases. The reason I said that it provided only a minor slap to the face of the previous results is that if we look at the performance lead of the BE7-RAID, we can see that it is nearly unnoticeable. We are seeing results in Quake III Arena like we saw earlier on with both boards nose to nose in performance. The largest frame rate lead that the BE7-RAID holds over the PEBT2 is a mere 1.5 fps, nothing to get excited about, but it still does come out as the winner.

..:: Unreal Tournament 2003 ::..

Last up for today we have yet another fairly 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 both of the boards is once again very miniscule. Once again, we see that in our real world tests, the BE7-RAID barely manages to edge out the PEBT2 in each of the resolutions. We are seeing performance differences much in the same as what we just saw with the Quake III Arena results. The performance differences in UT2003 are very small, although once again the BE7-RAID comes out on top. I’m still thrilled that the PEBT2 has been able to keep up with the BE7, and even best it in the majority of the benchmarks.

Overall, has the Intel D845PEBT2 impressed me? You’re damn right it has! When I originally took a look at the D845PEBT2, I thought to myself “An Intel performance motherboard…yeah right.” I have to admit that I came into this review expecting the BE7-RAID to lay a fairly good beating on the PEBT2, but that was far from the case as we just saw. In the majority of the synthetic benchmarks, we saw the PEBT2 coming out on top for the greater portion of the benchmarks while in the real world type benchmarks such as UT2003 and Quake III Arena, the BE7-RAID took the crown. It is important to note that throughout these tests, both boards performed nearly in sync. I don’t believe I have tested two motherboards that were this evenly matched for quite some time now, and it’s definitely very interesting to see. If Intel can continue to pump out motherboards with performance like this for the retail market, the enthusiast community just might begin to take a better look at Intel solutions when looking to build or upgrade their system. The D845PEBT2 performance wise is clearly a step in the right direction for Intel brand motherboards for the retail market.