Soltek SL-915GPro-FGR - Page 7

..:: SiSoft SANDRA ::..

To start off today’s performance testing results, we’re going to cover SiSoftware’s SANDRA benchmarking suite. The first benchmark that we ran was to determine Arithmetic performance of the SL-915GPro-FGR in comparison to the several other Grantsdale based boards we have today, the ABIT AG8, Albatron PX915G Pro, and Foxconn i915P & i915G motherboards. As can be seen from the graph above, the SL-915GPro-FGR fares decently on the ALU performance front, although it lags behind the other motherboards in testing in ALU performance. For the Multimedia results, we found that the results were exactly the opposite. This time we found the SL-915GPro-FGR to be leading the other motherboards for ALU and FPU performance. As far as the memory scores go, we’re not seeing much variation at all between the boards. The SL-915GPro-FGR comes right in with the same score range as the other comet ping Grantsdale motherboards.

..:: 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.

On the PriBench front, we can see that the SL-915GPro-FGR bringing up the rear behind all of the other Grantsdale motherboards we’ve tested to date. The Albatron PX915G Pro and the Foxconn i915P motherboard, two of the fastest motherboards to date based off of the Grantsdale platform are easily able to best the likes of the SL-915GPro-FGR. We see that the ABIT AG8 is also able to post up some solid times, but it falls behind the Albatron and Foxconn offerings by roughly one third of a second in the most intensive test.

..:: ScienceMark 2.0 ::..

Next in line for our benchmarking results, we find ScienceMark 2.0. For this benchmarking suite, we decided to take a look at the performance results achieved with MemBench to analyze latency times as well as bandwidth. As we saw with the SANDRA results a little earlier, each of the three boards puts up a bandwidth score that is quite close to the other boards. This time however, the SL-915GPro-FGR comes out just behind three of its Grantsdale brethren. I’ve always found that ScienceMark can tend to give differing results from SANDRA, but here we see results similar in nature. As far as the latency and cycle times go, the SL-915GPro-FGR is again found to be lagging behind the other Grantsdale motherboards, albeit by a small amount.

..:: AquaMark 3.0 ::..

To start off the gaming related synthetic benchmarks, we’re going to cover results that we attained from AquaMark 3.0. This is a gorgeous benchmark and can place some serious strain on any system. For our benchmarking purposes, we ran the default test at 1024 x 768 x 32 with no anti-aliasing or anisotropic filtering enabled. Much as was expected heading into this benchmark, we find that all three of the boards are running neck and neck, as well they should be. The SL-915GPro-FGR manages to overtake the ABIT AG8, though it couldn’t best the remaining motherboards.

..:: FutureMark 3DMark2003 ::..

The next benchmark that we’ll be covering from a gaming aspect is that of FutureMark’s 3DMark 2003. For our 3DMark2003 results, we see the SL-915GPro-FGR bringing up the rear once again, although once again it is by a small difference. None of these boards is able to best the ABIT AG8, though the Foxconn boards overtake the PX915G Pro. From what we’ve seen so far in these benchmarks, and now heading into the real world gaming tests, these boards are pretty identical though the SL-915GPro-FGR seems to be putting up bottom end results thus far. Let’s see if we find any real differences in some additional benchmarks.

..:: Quake III Arena ::..

The next of our gaming oriented benchmarks is the famed Quake III Arena. In order to remove any sort of graphics bottleneck from our results, we chose to go with the standard 640 x 480 resolution for our tests. As far as QIIIA performance goes, the SL-915GPro-FGR is able to jump ahead of all the competing motherboards. This just goes to show that some of the synthetic benchmark results can be voided out when it comes to real world performance. Let’s see if this can be seen in UT 2003, or if this is just a Quake III related performance boost.

..:: Unreal Tournament 2003 ::..

The last benchmark for the day, Unreal Tournament 2003, shows us some interesting results. For this test, we once again ran the benchmark in 640 x 480 mode in order take the graphics card out of the equation as far as results go. In both sets of results above, we see that we’ll be ending our benchmarking tests today with the same curve ball we were thrown with the Quake III benchmarks. In UT 2003, we again see the Soltek SL-915GPro-FGR coming out on top of the competition for real world gaming performance. In the coming months, we’ll be adding some additional real world gaming benchmarks to our tests, so look forward to more performance being based on real world, rather than synthetic results.