Test Setup

 Performance Test Configuration
Processor(s): AMD Athlon 64 4000+ (2.4GHz) Socket 939
RAM: 2 x 512MB OCZ PC3200* Platinum Rev. 2
*The current equivalent OCZ memory is OCZ PC4800
Hard Drive(s): Seagate 120GB 7200 RPM SATA (8MB Buffer)
Video AGP & IDE Bus Master Drivers: ATI 6.2 Catalyst
Video Card(s): MSI X1900XT
ATIX1900XT Crossfire
Video Drivers: ATI Catalyst 6.2
NVIDIA nForce 81.98 Release
Operating System(s): Windows XP Professional SP2
Direct X 9.0c
Motherboards: Asus A8R32-MVP (ATI RD580/ULi1575)
Asus A8R-MVP (ATI RD480/ULi1575)
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe (nF4 Dual x16)
DFI LANParty UT RDX200 (ATI RD480/SB450)
DFI LANParty nF4 SLI-DR (nForce4)

Tests used OCZ PC4800 Platinum (current equivalent to standard OCZ PC3200 Platinum Rev. 2), which uses Samsung TCCD chips. All memory ran at 2-2-2-8 timings in all benchmarks.

We tested with the NVIDIA 7800GTX on the Asus A8R32-MVP to provide test results that could be compared to the most up-to-date performance results. Resolution in all benchmarks is 1280x1024x32 unless otherwise noted. 3DMark and Aquamark3 benchmarks use "Standard Score" setup, which is 1024x768 video resolution.

We also tested using the latest ATI X1900XT to provide comparison results to the NVIDIA 7800GTX. Additional ATI Crossfire testing was performed on the Asus A8R32-MVP at a resolution of 1600x1200, with antialiasing and anisotropic filtering, to provide comparison results to the Asus A8N32-SLI NVIDIA SLI results - NVIDIA Dual x16 to ATI Dual X16.

The NVIDIA 7800GTX and ATI X1900XT are readily available for purchase in the marketplace. Since the 7800GTX 512 is not available for sale anywhere and has not been available for weeks, it seemed unfair to compare x1900XT results to products that are not available for purchase.

Results for the Asus A8R32-MVP are in light green for 7800GTX, orange for X1900XT, and red for x1900XT Crossfire. Similarly, test results for the Dual x16 NVIDIA Asus A8N32-SLI are in light green for the single 7800GTX and dark green for 7800GTX SLI. Results for other boards in the comparisons are light blue and represent test results with a 7800GTX.

Memory Testing: Asus A8R32-MVP General Performance


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  • Spinne - Monday, March 6, 2006 - link

    NewEgg still doesn't have them in stock, neither does Monarc Computers. Wonder how long it'll be before they get them and the prices drop. Reply
  • dennis hs - Sunday, March 5, 2006 - link

    I've just gotten this mobo.. It's pretty sweet! I really like the ALC882 onboard sound! It's really crispy and all good :D

    Overall I don't have any issues with it. It's a damn good mobo!

    [vietnamese hooker mode on]
    " Me love it longtime :) "
    [vietnamese hooker mode off]
  • tonser - Friday, March 3, 2006 - link

    It is nice that manufactors listen, but why do they still bring out Motherboards for SLI and Crossfire, where the normal PCI cannot be used with their heigh end grafic cards - I am wondering ? Reply
  • yacoub - Thursday, March 2, 2006 - link

    This board gets an official "daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaamn, Gina!" rating.
    Holy crap it flies with an X1900XT!
  • theOracle - Wednesday, March 1, 2006 - link

    In the table - "PEG Bugger Length" Reply
  • Wesley Fink - Monday, March 6, 2006 - link

    Corrected the Brokeback Mountain reference Reply
  • DigitalFreak - Wednesday, March 1, 2006 - link

    No one has any RD580 boards in stock in the US. Hell, Newegg doesn't even have any listed! Looks like another classic paper launch to me. Reply
  • glynor - Wednesday, March 1, 2006 - link

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82...">Oh, and how about from Newegg here Reply
  • SLIM - Wednesday, March 1, 2006 - link


    Please get a clue before posting. All these people complaining about not making proper comparisons because Anandtech went the extra step of testing the latest vid card from ati on their latest chipset in ADDITION to making a very fair comparison with what nvidia has to offer currently.

    Nice article, too bad people don't pay attention to the graphs before they complain about them.
  • DigitalFreak - Thursday, March 2, 2006 - link

    Moron. Did you happen to notice the "Out Of Stock" button?

    And what's with the bitching about proper comparisons, blah blah blah? Reply to the wrong thread, did we?

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