MSI 845 Ultra-AR - Page 7

..:: SiSoft SANDRA 2002 ::..

As this is indeed our first P4 based motherboard review, you sadly won’t see any comparisons against the competition. We will be getting in some more P4 based motherboards (VIA's P4PA, DFI's NS70-E) featuring different chipsets within the next week or so, so be sure to be on the lookout for reviews! We can see that our 2GHz P4 puts up numbers right where they should be; in fact it surpassed the stock settings for a 2GHz P4 in every SANDRA benchmark with the exception of the memory test where it fell short.

..:: Super PI ::..

I use this program to calculate Pi to 512,000, 1 million, and 2 million digits. Needless to say, even small differences in performance can show up here in the loss of a second or two in computing time, or in the case of the P4 vs. AthlonXP scenario, a whole lot of seconds. Our P4 puts up some decent numbers, but if you were to compare them to the numbers seen in our AMD reviews, the P4 simply falls well short of the AthlonXP in processing power.

..:: Cinebench 2000 ::..

Cinebench is another CAD related benchmark that tests the raytracing ability of your system. Such as with the other benchmarks, even small differences will show up here. Our 845 Ultra-AR puts up some fairly nice numbers, especially when using the Cinema4D shading mode.

..:: MadOnion 3DMark2001 SE ::..

This is probably the one area most people are interested in next to the Quake III benchmarks. As can be seen, the 845 Ultra puts up some very respectable numbers when powered by our Gainward GeForce3. There is little performance loss between 16-bit and 32-bit video modes, ranging from a 2% to 4% loss of score.

..:: Quake III Arena ::..

Our last benchmark is Quake III Arena. I used Demo001 provided in the Q3A demo. Tests were run with settings of “Normal.” Quake III is one area where Pentium4 systems are known to power past other Athlon systems. As can be seen, our 845 Ultra-AR nearly pulls off 240 FPS in 800 x 600 16-Bit. Not to shabby. When overclocked I got this number to right around 290 FPS! Now that is some serious speed!