Soyo P4I875P DRAGON 2 Platinum Edition - 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, the Soyo P4I875P DRAGON 2 PE fails to outperform both the Gigabyte GA-8KNXP and the Intel D875PBZ in ALU performance for the Arithmetic benchmark, although the P4I875P DRAGON 2 PE manages to gain a slight edge over both boards when it comes to FPU performance.

When we move on to the multimedia test however, we see that, although the Soyo P4I875P DRAGON 2 PE now displays results higher than that of the GA-8KNXP and D875PBZ for ALU performance, the GA-8KNXP manages to squeeze out ahead of both competing boards for FPU performance with the P4I875P DRAGON 2 PE coming in second.

Lastly, the memory tests show that the Intel D875PBZ clearly comes out on top with a fairly nice margin over both the GA-8KNXP and the P4I875P DRAGON 2 PE. The P4I875P DRAGON 2 PE puts up numbers very much in line with those of the GA-8KNXP, so I would expect the overall performance of these boards to be very parallel in nature.

..:: 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 once again the GA-8KNXP holds a lead over both the P4I875P DRAGON 2 PE and the D875PBZ, with the P4I875P DRAGON 2 PE placing in second. However, once we factor in the default clock speed difference for all boards in question, we once again see that the GA-8KNXP and P4I875P DRAGON 2 PE are indeed slightly faster than the Intel offering, although not by any real substantial margin.

..:: 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. Here, we are not seeing as large of differences as we saw with our own PriBench. The GA-8KNXP comes out on top of both the Intel D875PBZ and P4I875P DRAGON 2 PE by a small margin in each of the tests. The P4I875P DRAGON 2 PE also manages to tie the Intel D875PBZ, although not beat it as did the GA-8KNXP. However, we must take into account for the fact that the GA-8KNXP & P4I875P DRAGON 2 PE come slightly overclocked at 808MHz FSB (3030 MHz) default while the D875PBZ comes factory clocked at 2992.5MHz, which adds roughly 37.5+ MHz for the GA-8KNXP.

..:: Specviewperf 7.0 ::..

If we take a look at the results, we’ll notice something that we have seen so far in the previous benchmarks. The clear winner here, whether it is by small or large margin, is the GA-8KNXP for the most part. The P4I875P DRAGON 2 PE manages to pull ahead of the competition in both the UGS01 and 3dmsax01 benchmarks, although in the remaining tests it either runs neck and neck with the Intel D875PBZ, or falls behind both the D875PBZ and GA-8KNXP. For the most part, the performance differences are rather miniscule, yet are large enough to note.

..:: FutureMark 3DMark2001SE ::..

FutureMark’s 3DMark2001 SE is first off on today’s list of multimedia application benchmarks. I expected to see the both the P4I875P DRAGON 2 PE and the GA-8KNXP fall behind the D875PBZ in these benchmarks due to the fact that the D875PBZ showed superior memory bandwidth and FPU performance. As we can see, for the FutureMark 3DMark2001 SE benchmarks, this is indeed the case as the Intel D875PBZ comes out on top over the GA-8KNXP and P4I875P DRAGON 2 PE by a fair margin in each of the tests. We’re seeing performance differences here of roughly .8 - 2.0% depending on the color depth and motherboard.

..:: Quake III Arena ::..

Well, the story that has held up so far continues on in the Quake III Arena benchmarks. Here we see that once again the Intel D875PBZ shows its memory bandwidth lead and is able to oust the GA-8KNXP and P4I875P DRAGON 2 PE even though it is indeed running at a slightly slower clock speed. In these tests we are seeing a performance lead of roughly 2.0% and 1.7% depending on the color depth for these tests over the GA-8KNXP. The D875PBZ only holds a lead over the P4I875P DRAGON 2 PE by 1.3% and 1.1% depending on the color depth. Even though the P4I875P DRAGON 2 PE came up last in the 3DMark tests, here we see that for real world performance, it places higher than the GA-8KNXP, although still cannot keep up with the D875PBZ.

..:: 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 showing off its memory bandwidth lead as it is able to outperform both competing i875P motherboards. Once again, we see the P4I875P DRAGON 2 PE pull ahead of the GA-8KNXP, although unlike what we saw with Quake III, the performance boost between boards isn’t as large.

Overall, the Soyo P4I875P DRAGON 2 PE puts up numbers very similar to what we saw with the Gigabyte GA-8KNXP. In most cases however, the P4I875P DRAGON 2 PE is able to top the GA-8KNXP, but rarely can it compete on the same level as the D875PBZ. Both the P4I875P DRAGON 2 PE and GA-8KNXP show promise in the processing benchmarks, although when we factor in their default speed advantage over the D875PBZ, this performance lead dwindles down leaving no board bragging rights. Although the P4I875P DRAGON 2 PE didn’t show the best memory throughput performance in the SANDRA benchmark, it did manage to overtake the GA-8KNXP in the real world gaming benchmarks, although it did fall behind in several of the SPEC tests. Well, now that we’ve seen the performance, the BIOS, the features, and the package, it’s time to wrap things up and see how well the P4I875P DRAGON 2 PE fares.