Content Creation, General Usage and Memory Performance

Content Creation is a benchmark dominated by Intel processors until the recent introduction of the Athlon64 FX processor. If the 655TX-based boards had stayed in the general range of the Intel chipset, the 655TX would certainly have been considered a success. We were not expecting, however, to see the 655TX win both the Content Creation and General Usage benchmarks against the best 875 board that we have tested thus far.

Science Mark 2 was recently updated, and we used the latest 9/23/03 build for our Memory testing. One of the failings of the SiS655FX chipset was the poor latency compared to Intel's Dual-Channel memory controller on the 875/865 chipsets. The reduction of command cycles between the CPU and memory on the 655TX is paying off with results that are clearly in line with Intel 875/865 performance. SiS has done an excellent job in reworking the 655TX, so it is now competitive with one of the most highly regarded chipset memory controllers available.

Performance Test Configuration Media Encoding and Gaming Performance


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  • WhoBeDaPlaya - Friday, April 23, 2004 - link

    LOL swt - wish I got paid for the reviews I write :P Reply
  • swt - Saturday, February 7, 2004 - link

    Having bought the P4S800E, I can correct a couple of misimpressions.

    First, the passive heatsink on the NB isn't so large as to interfere with my Zalman CNPS-7000Cu. Other mondo coolers might be problematic, of course.

    And the AMI BIOS now supports multiple CPU Core settings, all the way up to 1.9V. Since I don't get paid to write such reviews, I'm not going to type in the details - but the BIOS that shipped with the MB *has* been updated in that regard, as promised.
  • buzzby311 - Tuesday, December 30, 2003 - link

  • buzzby311 - Tuesday, December 30, 2003 - link

    All of the current memory reviews talk about memory that is great for the 865 875 chipsets. What memory would be good for overclocking on this motherboard with an Intel 3.0GHz 800FSB HT processor? Reply
  • Wesley Fink - Monday, December 15, 2003 - link

    Asus says the P4S800D-E will appear on their web site on Friday, December 19, 2003. They expect the boards to be available for sale in the US by January 1. Reply
  • ColdRolledSteel - Thursday, December 11, 2003 - link

    I also would like to know when the P4S800D-E is coming out. It isn't listed anywhere, including on the website.... Reply
  • Wesley Fink - Wednesday, December 10, 2003 - link

    Spacecomber -

    We normally check FSB and report those that are out of spec. With these 3 boards all are within 0.5MHz of 200. The Asus P4S800D-E is 200.1, and both Gigabyte 8S655TX Ultra and Asus P4C800-E are at 200.5. If numbers are way off we correct them to 200 (800) before running benchmarks if possible.
  • Spacecomber - Wednesday, December 10, 2003 - link

    Unless I missed it, did you check to make sure no one was cheating a bit with their front side bus speed? Is a 200 MHz frontside bus really a 200 MHz frontside bus for all three boards that you compared?


  • Wesley Fink - Wednesday, December 10, 2003 - link

    #14 - All our Benchmark tests on the 655TX boards were done with an ATI 9800 PRO with Fast Writes enabled, so there does not not seem to be a general problem with ATI cards. Reply
  • valnar - Wednesday, December 10, 2003 - link

    Why would I want to give up that?

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