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EVGA nForce 4 SLI Mainboard Review - Page 9 of 13

BENCHMARKS

I selected a series of benchmarks to test overall system performance with gaming primarily in mind. EVGA is readily associated with video cards and this motherboard needs to exhibit the basic motherboard performance requirements with gamers in mind.

I have always used Sandra to identify components and to run various tests on my systems and it has proven to be dependable for most applications.

PCMark'05 is a new benchmark provided by Futuremark replacing the tried and true PCMark'04. It, like PCMark'04 provides a full array of stress tests of components and provides a weighted score. Although the entire benchmark was run with both single and SLI I just included portions of the results.

HD Tach3 result was posted just to show the Raptor drive's performance with this motherboard.

The synthetic benchmarks included both 3DMark'03 and '05 as both stress the CPU, GPU, graphic memory, and system memory. Both provide good indicators for graphical performance as well as overall system stability at various system and video card settings. Aquamark3 was included as it is still an excellent video card stress test.

I could not omit the game tests so the three highly popular games of the last two years were included. You will see that they still can stress the video cards and extremely tax the capabilities of the AMD 3700+.

All test and in-game settings were set to high or better. Vsync was turned off in the NVIDIA control panel and other settings were left at the default settings. Any exception is specifically noted.

Benchmarks

SYSTEM/COMPONENT BENCHMARKS

  • Sandra 2004 v2004.10.9.89
  • PCMark 2005 v1.0.1
  • HD Tach v3.0.1.0

SYNTHETIC GAMING BENCHMARKS

  • 3DMark 2003 v3.6.0
  • 3DMark 2005 v.1.2.0
  • AquaMark 3 v1.53

GAME BENCHMARKS

  • Doom 3 v1.0.1262 (Demo 1)
    • 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1600x1200
  • Half-Life 2 v1.5 (Coast Demo)
    • 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1600x1200
  • Far Cry v1.33 (Regulator Map v1.4.1)
    • 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1600x1200

SYSTEM/COMPONENT BENCHMARKS

SiSoft Sandra 2004
EVGA 133-K8-NF41-AX, Athlon 64 3700+, PC3200 DDR400

CPU Arithmetic

  • Dhrystone ALU = 10,247 MIPS
  • Whetstone FPU/iSSE2 = 3,492/4,518 MFLOPS

CPU Multi-Media

  • Integer x4 iSSE = 21087 it/s
  • Floating Point x4 iSSE2 = 22684 it/s

 Memory Bandwidth

  • Int Buffered iSSE2 = 5746 MB/s
  • Float Buffered iSSE = 5688 MB/s

File System

  • Buffered Read = 121 MB/s
  • Buffered Write = 89 MB/s

Results from this benchmark set the tone with some very good performance marks.

PCMARK 2005

PCMark05, version 1.0.1, was used to test the overall performance characteristics of the EVGA 133-K8-NF41-AX. This benchmark employs a number of tests that give weighted results. These results provide indications of performance for specific components and how these components contribute to the overall performance of a system. The comparative overall score is identified in PCMarks while the scores of various system components are listed relative to the application.

The only component change between the excerpts of the full detailed test results listed below was swapping out the single 7800GTX for (2) 6800 GTs and activating SLI.

All tests were performed using default settings of the test system and associated system components. Resolution setting for this benchmark was set at 1600x1200, high quality, with all other NVIDIA control panel settings at default. The motherboard does run the Patriot PC3200-XBL ram at 200.9 MHz with the Bios set at 200 MHz for the PC3200, DDR400, ram in this particular system.

PCMARK 2005
EVGA 133-K8-NF41-AX
AMD 3700+ @ 2.2 GHz, 1024 MB PC3200 DDR400
WD Raptor 74.5GB, 10K RPM HDD
NIVIDA 7800GTX

PCMark

4248 PCMarks

CPU: AMD 3700+, 2210MHz, (San Diego)

3175.0

Memory: (2) 512MB PC3200

4124.0

Graphics: NVIDIA 7800GTX

6229.0

HDD: SATA  74.5GB, 10K RPM

6337.0

Physics and 3D

158.8 FPS

File Decryption

38.2 MB/s

Graphics Memory - 64 lines

2044.9 FPS

HDD - General Usage

8.2 MB/s

Video Encoding

158.7 KB/s

Text edit

71.7 Pages/s

HDD - Virus Scan

24.5 MB/s

Graphics Memory - 64 lines

2044.9 FPS

Graphics Memory - 128 lines

1360.0 FPS

WMV Video Playback

45.5 FPS

3D - Fill Rate Multi-Texturing

9597.1 MTexels/s

3D - Polygon Throughput Multiple Lights

21.5 MTriangles/s

3D - Pixel Shader

297.5 FPS

3D - Vertex Shader

42.9 MVertices/s

HDD - XP Startup

9.9 MB/s

HDD - Application Loading

9.7 MB/s

HDD - General Usage

8.3 MB/s

HDD - Virus Scan

78.9 MB/s

HDD - File Write

66.6 MB/s

PCMARK 2005
EVGA 133-K8-NF41-AX
AMD 3700+ @ 2.2 GHz, 1024 MB PC3200 DDR400
WD Raptor 74.5GB, 10K RPM HDD
NIVIDA (2) 6800GTs SLI

PCMark

3923 PCMarks

CPU: AMD 3700+, 2210MHz, (San Diego)

3154.0

Memory: (2) 512MB PC3200

4062.0

Graphics: NVIDIA 7800GTX

4225.0

HDD: SATA  74.5GB, 10K RPM

6196.0

Physics and 3D

157.7 FPS

File Decryption

37.8 MB/s

Graphics Memory - 64 lines

1444.1 FPS

HDD - General Usage

8.4 MB/s

Video Encoding

156.2 KB/s

Text edit

67.6Pages/s

HDD - Virus Scan

21.8 MB/s

Graphics Memory - 64 lines

1448.1 FPS

Graphics Memory - 128 lines

963.3 FPS

WMV Video Playback

35.2 FPS

3D - Fill Rate Multi-Texturing

5265.7 MTexels/s

3D - Polygon Throughput Multiple Lights

12.4 MTriangles/s

3D - Pixel Shader

137.9 FPS

3D - Vertex Shader

31.7 MVertices/s

HDD - XP Startup

10.1 MB/s

HDD - Application Loading

9.5 MB/s

HDD - General Usage

8.3 MB/s

HDD - Virus Scan

77.1 MB/s

HDD - File Write

60.9 MB/s

As anticipated the scores stayed consistent for the most part. Of course a gap is evident between the graphic cards with the 7800GTX putting up consistently higher numbers in the graphic and video tests. Again, not much negative can be said about the motherboard as it performed with consistency and stability through all tests.

Next Page: Benchmarks Continued

Last Updated on August 23, 2005


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