Soltek PT880PRO-FGR - Page 7

..:: SiSoft SANDRA ::..

Well, now that we’re familiar with the product packaging and the features of the SL-PT880PRO-FGR, it’s time to see just how well it compares when placed against the “Prescott” supporting competition of the Intel D875PBZ FMB1.5 motherboard. We’ll be adding more motherboard to these results as we get them in. In the Arithmetic benchmarks, we found that the boards both put up numbers close to each other, although the Intel board held a lead for ALU performance, whilst the Soltek board came in the lead with a higher FPU score.

Next up, we have the results from both the Multimedia benchmark, and the Memory Bandwidth benchmark. For the Multimedia benchmark, we see that once again both of the motherboard put up numbers very much in line with one another, with the Intel board coming out on top by a small margin for both ALU and FPU. Memory Bandwidth wise, we found that the PT880PRO-FGR put up better numbers for FPU than did the i875P based D875PBZ FMB1.5, although the Intel board put up a better ALU score. Needless to say, both scores are very close to each other and fall within the margin of error.

..:: 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.

Taking a look at the results, we can see that the PT880 based PT880PRO-FGR is able to barely outpace the i875P based D875PBZ. The computational time differences are, of course, very small with PriBench, however they are able to show even the slightest performance differences when it comes to raw computation capability. I was a bit surprised to see the PT880PRO-FGR outpace that of the D875PBZ, but I was expecting a close battle for our initial benchmarks.

..:: SPECviewperf 7.0 ::..

In the SPECviewperf 7.0 benchmarks, we chose to relay results to you from four of the various benchmarks that are embedded whthin the benchmarking suite. In all but one of the tests that we cionducted with SPECviewperf 7.0, the Soltek PT88PRO-FGR managed to come out as the winner. The only benchmark where the Intel D875PBZ FMB1.5 was able to overtake the PT880PRO-FGR was in that of the Drv08 benchmark. With the exception of this lone benchmark, the Soltek board was able to take home the crown for the remaining tests. The Soltek PT880PRO-FGR saw its largest leads in the 3DSMax01 and Light05 benchmarks.

..:: ScienceMark 2.0 ::..

For our ScienceMark 2.0 benchmarks, we decided to take a look at the performance results achieved with three of the built-in programs, those being MemBench, and MolDyn. We’ll start off with the MemBench results. The MemBench bandwidth tests told a different story than that of SiSoft SANDRA. MemBench reported that the PT880Pro-FGR held a slightly larger memory bandwidth capability than that of the Intel D875PBZ. When it came to latency times, the PT880PRO-FGR was also able to best the performance of the D875PBZ FMB1.5 motherboard. When we moved on to the next benchmark in the ScienceMark 2.0 suite, MolDyn, we began to see another upturn in the performance of the PT88PRO-FGR where it was once again able to best the Intel board by a fair margin.

..:: Quake III Arena ::..

Quake III Arena has been around for quite some time, and has been amicably used for benchmarking purposes even since its inception. As time has progressed, less and less importance has been placed on this benchmark due to the ever increasing age of the software and graphic engine. When it comes to real world performance, we see that all of the pro’s we noticed along the line for the PT880Pro-FGR are washed out the window. The Intel D875PBZ FMB1.5 is able to easily best the performance of the PT880PRO-FGR. We were hoping for some better numbers in Q3A given all of the positive signs we came across in previous computational and bandwidth benchmarks, but it just wasn’t there.

..:: 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 the Unreal Tournament 2003 benchmarks, we see results that are very much in line with that of Quake III Arena. Now, we are seeing that the D875PBZ FMB1.5 is holding a slightly larger lead than it held over the PT880PRO-FGR in the Quake III Arena. Obviously, the strengths of the PT880PRO-FGR lie in the computational performance, however it just can’t seem to put good use to the extra bandwidth it posses over the i875P chipset.