Soyo DRAGON 2 V1.0 Black Label - Page 7

..:: SiSoft SANDRA ::..

To start off the performance benchmarks today, we’ll first be addressing the DRAGON 2 V1.0’s performance in SiSoftware’s SANDRA benchmarking suite, more specifically the Arithmetic, Multimedia, and Memory benchmarks. As far as the Arithmetic results go, we see the DRAGON 2 V1.0 besting nearly the entire group for both the individual ALU performance portion. The only board able to post up some better numbers was the Chaintech A865PE. For FPU performance on the other hand, the DRAGON 2 V1.0 comes in dead last, over 300 less than the competing boards.

For the Multimedia benchmark, we again see the DRAGON 2 V1.0 fairing well with the pack, although once again the board isn’t able to take over any of the competing boards for either ALU or FPU performance. The benchmark is topped off once again by Chaintech’s A865PE. Moving on to the Memory benchmark, we once again see the DRAGON 2 V1.0 post numbers below that of the rest of the competition. I was hoping for some better numbers, more in line with those given by the Intel D875PBZ, but it just wasn’t there. We’ll have to wait and see if the MemBench results tell a different story as they often do, or if they agree with what we have seen so far.

..:: 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.

If we take a look at the results we obtained through our strenuous testing with PriBench, we find that the shortcomings we found throughout our SANDRA testing rear their ugly heads. The DRAGON 2 V1.0 manages to hold up in the same vicinity as the competition, but it falls behind by quite a bit, as far as PriBench goes, when it progress towards the more intensive computations. The DRAGON 2 V1.0 is almost eight seconds slower in Test One than that of Chaintech’s A865PE. From the PriBench results, it looks to be that the DRAGON 2 V1.0 is turning out to be a solid board, but performance so far has been lacking a bit.

..:: 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 far different story than that of SiSoft SANDRA. Here we find the DRAGON 2 V1.0 overtaking the bulk of the entire field. The most interesting item we found through our ScienceMark testing was that the latency times for the DRAGON 2 V1.0 were quite a bit lower than some of the competing motherboards, although the Albatron board clearly is the most efficient i875P motherboard tested. Interestingly enough, and somewhat predictable from our earlier results, in the MolDyn benchmark we see the DRAGON 2 V1.0 bringing up the rear once again, although the computation time is right in line with the other two i875P motherboards tested.

..:: 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 within the benchmarking suite. In the SPECviewperf benchmarks, we see that the DRAGON 2 V1.0 tends to swap back and forth between being ahead of the competition, and being ahead of the competition, just by a little less. For the Light and DRV benchmarks, we see the DRAGON 2 V1.0 holding a nice performance lead over all other motherboards, while for the DX and 3DSMax benchmarks, the DRAGON 2 V1.0 either falls back to second, in the case of DX, or it falls back more towards the rear, in the case of 3DSMax.

..:: 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 the DRAGON 2 V1.0 is able to put up some respectable numbers, much in line with the scores seen from Albatron’s i875P solution, the PX875P Pro. The Intel D875PBZ is still the current FPS king as far as Q3A goes, although it is nice to see the DRAGON 2 V1.0 start to pick up some speed from the earlier results we achieved.

..:: 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. Once again, the DRAGON 2 V1.0 is able to keep up with both the D875PBZ and PX875P Pro, but it still comes in line in third place behind the two i875P motherboards it goes up against. The DRAGON 2 V1.0 manages to fall in line in second place for the BotMatch benchmark, only being bested by the D875PBZ, while the Albatron and Chaintech boards fall in line right behind.