MSI 865PE Neo2-FIS2R - Page 7

..:: SiSoft SANDRA ::..

First 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, when the MSI 865PE Neo2-FIS2R is running in “Fast” mode, it puts up some nice numbers, not quite enough to overtake the Abit IS7-G, but good enough to overtake Intel’s own D875PBZ. When we put the 865PE Neo2-FIS2R into “Ultra-Turbo” mode, it then is able to surpass the Abit IS7-G, even though the IS7-G is running with “F1” settings.

When it comes to Multimedia performance, we see that the 865PE Neo2-FIS2R puts up a score good enough to overtake the IS7-G in both “Fast” and “Ultra-Turbo” Modes for FPU performance, although the Intel D875PBZ shows it’s ALU power against the competition. When the 865PE Neo2-FIS2R was thrown in “Ultra-Turbo,” it was finally able to overtake the ALU performance of the D875PBZ and jump ahead of the pack.

Now, the next benchmark is, of course, for memory subsystem performance. Here we can really see the capabilities of the 865PE Neo2-FIS2R. When the board is running with “Fast” settings, it puts up respectable numbers slightly higher than even the D875PBZ, although it is still a ways from the Abit IS7-G’s “F1” marks. When we kick the 865PE Neo2-FIS2R into “Ultra-Turbo” mode, we see an impressive gain with the 865PE Neo2-FIS2R managing to overtake the Abit IS7-G by a fair margin. The main reason for the difference between the Abit IS7-G and MSI 865PE Neo2-FIS2R here is that the 865PE Neo2-FIS2R is running with a stock FSB of roughly 811MHz, while the IS7-G ran with a FSB of only ~806MHz, more than enough to make a difference in memory throughput.

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

This is a new benchmark that we’ll be adding to our list from now on in our motherboard and processor reviews. PriBench v1.04 is much like SuperPI in that it is computationally intensive. PriBench is a system level benchmark, and relies solely on the performance of the processor and memory subsystem. Unlike many of today’s synthetic benchmarks which rely on other aspects such as hard drive speeds, etc. PriBench does not rely on any “exterior” devices for the tests. PriBench was coded in house and utilizes a computationally intensive algorithm to compute primes well into the 100’s of millions for the current version. The program is extremely precise as we have seen time fluctuations of around +/- .03 or so seconds. In the PriBench tests, we can see that when the 865PE Neo2-FIS2R, when in “Ultra-Turbo” mode, puts up numbers sizably better than the rest of the competition. Even if we were to factor in the variances of FSB settings for each of the boards, we would still see that the 865PE Neo2-FIS2R holds a pretty nice lead over the competition in all cases. We can really begin to see the arithmetic power of the Pentium 4 processor when combined with the MSI 865PE Neo2-FIS2R.

..:: SuperPI ::..

In the SuperPI tests, we run the program four times, once at one million, once at two million, once at four million, and you guessed it once at eight 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, as one would expect, all three of the boards put up nice numbers very much in line with each other. Once again, we see that when the 865PE Neo2-FIS2R is running with “Fast” settings, it manages to take a slight lead over the i875P powered D875PBZ. When we kick the 865PE Neo2-FIS2R into “Ultra-Turbo” mode, when then see it jump to the head of the pack, even managing to overtake our bit IS7-G which is running with “F1” settings. These PAT-Enabled i865PE motherboards are really beginning to impress me with their stunning performance. The MSI 865PE Neo2-FIS2R bests the Intel D875PBZ by three, seven, fifteen, and thirty-four seconds in the final eight million digit calculation!

..:: Specviewperf 7.0 ::..

In the SPECviewperf 7.0 benchmarks, I have chosen to throw out two of the benchmarks due to the fact that we are beginning to experience some graphics adapter bottlenecks. Time to upgrade! Anyhow, in each and every one these tests, the 865PE Neo2-FIS2R in “Ultra-Turbo” mode manages to come out on top. Even when the 865PE Neo2-FIS2R is only running with “Fast” settings, it still manages to overtake the competition in nearly all of the benchmarks. This is, needless to say, not an easy feat considering the competition the 865PE Neo2-FIS2R is going up against.

..:: FutureMark 3DMark2001SE ::..

FutureMark’s 3DMark2001 SE is first off on today’s list of multimedia application benchmarks. Here we are seeing results portraying the same story that we have been reading all day long. When the 865PE Neo2-FIS2R is running with “Fast” settings, we see that it lags behind the competition by a fairly small margin. I expected to see it perform much closer to the D875PBZ being that in several of the previous benchmarks, it managed to hold its own nicely against it. When we switch the 865PE Neo2-FIS2R into “Ultra-Turbo” mode, as we have seen all day, it jumps to the head of the pack, even managing to overtake the Abit IS7-G in “F1” mode by a sizeable margin. Here we are seeing a performance lead over the IS7-G of roughly 1.5 - 1.6% depending on the color resolution. This isn’t much by any means, and would likely disappear when in higher resolutions.

..:: Quake III Arena ::..

Well, the story that has held up so far continues on in the Quake III Arena benchmarks. Here we see that when the 865PE Neo2-FIS2R is running with “Fast” settings, it does indeed manage to overtake the Intel D875PBZ, unlike what we saw in the 3DMark2001SE tests. When the 865PE Neo2-FIS2R is kicked into “Ultra-Turbo,” it once again manages to leap to the front of the field, and overtake the Abit IS7-G. Here, we are seeing a performance lead over the IS7-G of roughly 1.2% for 32-Bit color, and 2.2% for 16-Bit color. Once again, this lead isn’t that large, and would likely dwindle down or disappear if we were able to test these boards in higher resolutions.

..:: 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 these tests, although the performance difference between all of the boards is once again rather miniscule, once again, we see the Intel D875PBZ falling ever so slightly behind the 865PE Neo2-FIS2R when it is running with “Fast” settings. As we switch the 865PE Neo2-FIS2R into “Ultra-Turbo” mode, we once again see it jump to the head of the pack performance wise, holding a fair lead over the Abit IS7-G. Here, we are seeing a performance lead for the 865PE Neo2-FIS2R of roughly 1.5% for the FlyBy tests, and 1.8% for the BotMatch tests.

Once again, we have seen the stunning performance that can be offered by an i865PE motherboard with PAT enabled. When we looked at Abit’s IS7-G with “Game Accelerator” Technology last week, we were floored by the incredible performance gains we saw across the board when we sent the board into “F1” mode. Now, today, we have seen the MSI 865PE Neo2-FIS2R come along and do the same thing with its “Performance Mode” settings. When the board is placed in “Fast” mode, PAT is not enabled, but we do see nice performance gains across the board. The true performance gains are achieved when we enable PAT by placing the 865PE Neo2-FIS2R in “Ultra-Turbo” mode. Here we see that the 865PE Neo2-FIS2R is able to overtake the Abit IS7-G by 1-2% on average in nearly all tests. If we were to test these two boards in higher resolutions, we’d likely see that they would put up nearly identical numbers, depending whether or not a graphics bottleneck surfaced. The MSI 865PE Neo2-FIS2R is clearly a good choice for any performance oriented user.