Overall Motherboard Performance

When comparing motherboards of the same chipset to one another you shouldn't expect there to be any significant performance differences. If all of the motherboard manufacturers are doing what they should be then the performance difference between the boards should be negligable, which is often the case.

We put much more of our concern on the features and stability of each of the motherboards here but we realize that no roundup would be complete without some performance investigation so let's weed through a few benchmarks.

Synthetic Memory Performance
SiSoft Sandra 2002 - Floating Point Memory Bandwidth
EPoX 8K3A+

ASUS A7V333

Shuttle AK35GT2/R

Gigabyte GA-7VRXP

ABIT AT7

MSI KT3 Ultra

ECS K7VTA3

ABIT KX7-333

DFI AD76 RAID

Soyo KT333 Dragon Ultra

1984

1976

1951

1950

1948

1943

1933

1911

1910

1903

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0
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397
|
794
|
1190
|
1587
|
1984
|
2381

Sandra's synthetic memory tests are useful for finding out if there are any serious BIOS issues with any of these boards. Since the memory timings were set identically across all of the motherboards, the memory performance scores should more or less be identical. We do see that the largest performance differential is around 4% which is a tad high but still not noticeable.

Overall Performance
Ziff Davis Content Creation Winstone 2002
ASUS A7V333

Gigabyte GA-7VRXP

Shuttle AK35GT2/R

EPoX 8K3A+

Soyo KT333 Dragon Ultra

MSI KT3 Ultra

ECS K7VTA3

ABIT AT7

ABIT KX7-333

DFI AD76 RAID

34.8

34.6

34.4

34.3

34.0

33.8

33.8

33.8

33.2

33.2

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0
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7
|
14
|
21
|
28
|
35
|
42

If you're curious as to whether or not the difference between two motherboards will change your overall system performance, this should leave you with a pretty accurate picture. The range in performance here is closer to a 5% difference between the best and the worst; again, a little higher than normal but still not noticeable.

Overall Performance
Quake III Arena - 1024x768x32
ASUS A7V333

Shuttle AK35GT2/R

EPoX 8K3A+

ABIT AT7

Gigabyte GA-7VRXP

MSI KT3 Ultra

ECS K7VTA3

Soyo KT333 Dragon Ultra

ABIT KX7-333

DFI AD76 RAID

246.4

245.2

244.1

238.4

236.4

235.2

234.0

229.6

226.9

219.1

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0
|
49
|
99
|
148
|
197
|
246
|
296

Quake III Arena is perfect for bringing out these insignificant performance differences we've been seeing and truly offering a worst case scenario for them. The difference between the highest and the lowest performance boards here is 12%; if you take out the DFI board because of the fact that it's running a preproduction BIOS, the performance spread is reduced down to 8.5%. It's interesting to note that the KX7-333 and the AT7 boards don't perform identically, even though they are built on very similar setups with very similar BIOSes.

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