DirectX 8 & Open GL Gaming Performance


Gaming Performance

Gaming Performance

Gaming Performance

Gaming Performance

Gaming Performance

Gaming Performance

The same pattern of Asus, Epox and ECS at the top of the charts continues in DX8 and Open GL gaming. These 3 boards continue to land at or near the top in all the older game benchmarks. After many months of seeing the tight clustering of Athlon 64 scores, it is interesting to see the true impact of off-chip memory controllers on performance. This is not necessarily a good thing, since the on-CPU memory controller has made A64 performance very consistent across the same CPU on virtually any A64 chipset. Here, with the memory controller in the chipset, we are seeing much more variation in performance depending on the quality of the board design itself. This is true, even though all boards are using the same Intel 915 chipset.

As in the 925X, we were again surprised to see the very average performance of the DFI UT 915P-T12 at stock speeds. We are beginning to see the DFI as achieving some of its incredible overclocking powers because it is starting at a rather unimpressive performance level at stock speeds. Before you jump to conclusions here, compare the DFI results to the Asus P5GD2. The Asus is extremely fast at stock speeds - in fact, the fastest board in the roundup - but it is also an incredible overclocker. The Asus both starts fast and ends fast.
DirectX 9 Gaming Performance Final Words
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  • krelian - Wednesday, December 8, 2004 - link

    I been a Intel user since the first Pentium 3 came out now I have a Intel P4 3.0C I refused to spend more money on things I had already bought so I stayed with the 478 socket, seeing as Intel wants me to move to an expensive platform, I say I'll ditch Intel head with the AMD crowd, I'm sure I won't be the only one, maybe legions of intel campers will leave. Reply
  • ChineseDemocracyGNR - Tuesday, December 7, 2004 - link

    About the config I put together in the previous post; does anyone know if the overclock lock on the 915P chipsets apply to lower FSB's too? Could I overclock the 133MHz Celeron D to 200MHz on any 915P motherboard?
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  • ChineseDemocracyGNR - Tuesday, December 7, 2004 - link

    The 915P chipset provides good value for the money. For example:

    ECS 915P-A $79
    Intel Celeron D 325J 2.53GHz $88
    Albatron GeForce 6600 128MB $120.50
    or
    Albatron GeForce 6600GT 128MB $190.50
    (newegg prices)

    The processor can be overclocked to 3.6+GHz very easily, much like the Athlon Mobiles.

    That makes a good budget gaming rig, better than anything you could put together with an AMD processor for the same money. So, at least in my opinion, AMD has a better mainstream/high-end processor, and Intel wins the value segment. Who would say?
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    I have now read the entire article, and oh boy! Though I prefer to read about socket 754/939 motherboards, this has to be the best motherboard roundup I ever read. Ever. Well done.

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    #22,

    thank your fixing it. The typo I wrote about on page 10:
    "The fact that Asus manages a higher OC than more recognized OC boards like DFI and Asus "

    Don't you mean ABIT in the last word there?
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  • ocyl - Tuesday, December 7, 2004 - link

    Wesley > Thank you for paying attention to the audio features/components of these motherboards, particularly Dolby Digital Live :)
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  • Wesley Fink - Tuesday, December 7, 2004 - link

    #21 - The Foxconn results have been corrected on p.20. Thank you for bringing it to our attention. Reply
  • ChineseDemocracyGNR - Tuesday, December 7, 2004 - link

    A few typos:
    "The fact that Asus manages a higher OC than more recognized OC boards like DFI and Asus "

    page 10.

    On page 20, the "Front Side Bus Overclocking Testbed" table is probably wrong.

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    Good article.
    Reply
  • LeadFrog - Tuesday, December 7, 2004 - link

    Why does only the socket 915 get a 16mb cache Hard Drive? Reply
  • danidentity - Tuesday, December 7, 2004 - link

    Wes, I said thanks before but I'll say it again, great roundup. We appreciate your hard work, always. Reply
  • danidentity - Tuesday, December 7, 2004 - link

    Live -

    The P5GD2 is expensive compared to most boards, but it includes a ton of stuff, like 8 SATA ports, dual gigabit LAN, on-board 802.11g/b, and on-board hi-def audio with Dolby Digital Live (realtime encoding, like SoundStorm).

    Most 915P boards aren't as close to as expensive as the Asus. The Abit AG8 is ~ $130, equal or cheaper in price than the K8N Neo2.
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  • Wesley Fink - Tuesday, December 7, 2004 - link

    #16 - After I did the price analysis today I changed "outstanding value" to "good value". Thanks for the comment about the review being good reading. It is appreciated as a huge amount of work went into this roundup. Reply

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