Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2 - Page 7

..:: 945P7AA-8EKRS2 Benchmarks ::..

  • Intel Pentium D 820 800MHz FSB LGA 775
  • Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2
  • Foxconn 955X7AA-8EKRS2
  • Intel i955X Motherboard
  • 1GB DDR-II 800MHz OCZ Gold
  • 250GB Maxtor MaxLine III HDD
  • NVIDIA 6 Series - 6800 GT w/Latest Drivers
  • Windows XP Professional (SP2, DirectX 9.0c).

..:: SiSoft SANDRA ::..

To start off today’s performance testing results, we’re going to cover SiSoftware’s SANDRA benchmarking suite. The first benchmark that we ran was to determine Arithmetic performance of the 945P7AA-8EKRS2 in comparison to Intel’s D955XBK, and Foxconn’s 955X7AA-8EKRS2. For ALU performance, we see that the 945P7AA-8EKRS2 comes in slightly behind both the D955XBK and 955X7AA-8EKRS2. For FPU performance, we see nearly identical marks put up across the board. When it came to examining the Multimedia benchmark results, we again found all three boards putting up similar numbers. The 945P7AA-8EKRS2 comes in with marks slightly lower than that of the 955X7AA-8EKRS2 and D955XBK. As far as the memory scores go, we’re not seeing much variation again. The 945P7AA-8EKRS2 does offer slightly less bandwidth that the i955X boards.

..:: MBReview PriBench ::..

Using our very own in-house benchmark, MBReview PriBench uses a computationally intensive algorithm to compute several hundred millions of prime integers. Unlike other synthetic benchmarks which rely on additional components within a computer system like the hard drive, PriBench does not rely on any of these exterior devices for the tests. PriBench is a system level benchmark, solely utilizing the performance of the processor and memory subsystem. It also focuses on comparing processor architectures and technologies and then seeing how much a core clock and/or FSB speed increase can be beneficial to the system. Our program is extremely accurate as we have witnessed time fluctuations of approximately .05 - .10 seconds.

On the PriBench front, we can see that the D955XBK is able to best the 955X7AA-8EKRS2 and 945P7AA-8EKRS2 by a slight margin. When it comes to the second test, we see a virtual dead heat between the 945P7AA-8EKRS2 and the D955XBK. Surprisingly, we found better results with the 945P7AA-8EKRS2 than the 955X7AA-8EKRS2 for this benchmark.

..:: Cinebench 2003 ::..

Next in line for our benchmarking results, we find CineBench 2003. For this benchmarking suite, we decided to take a look at the performance results achieved with multi-processor setups, given that we’re utilizing a Pentium D 820 on the test bench. The 945P7AA-8EKRS2 managed to surpass the Intel D955XBK for performance, but wasn’t quite able to keep pace with its i955X brethren, the 955X7AA-8EKRS2.

..:: AquaMark 3.0 ::..

To start off the gaming related synthetic benchmarks, we’re going to cover results that we attained from AquaMark 3.0. This is a gorgeous benchmark and can place some serious strain on any system. For our benchmarking purposes, we ran the default test at 1024 x 768 x 32 with no anti-aliasing or anisotropic filtering enabled. Aquamark shows us similar results to what we’ve been seeing thus far. The 945P7AA-8EKRS2 manages to overtake Intel’s D955XBK, but can’t quite muster the performance of the i955X based 955X7AA-8EKRS2.

..:: Quake III Arena ::..

The next of our gaming oriented benchmarks is the famed Quake III Arena. In order to remove any sort of graphics bottleneck from our results, we chose to go with the standard 640 x 480 resolution for our tests. As far as QIIIA performance goes, the 955X7AA-8EKRS2 posted slight gains ranging around 1.5% against Intel’s D955XBK, while the 945P7AA-8EKRS2 managed roughly half of that. Again, the 955X7AA-8EKRS2 is coming out as the top board out of the three, with the 945P7AA-8EKRS2 showing solid performance.

..:: Unreal Tournament 2003 ::..

The second to last benchmark for the day, Unreal Tournament 2003, shows us nearly identical results to those seen with Quake III Arena. For this test, we once again ran the benchmark in 640 x 480 in order take the graphics card out of the equation as far as results go. In both sets of results above, we see that we won’t be getting much of a gain from the 955X7AA-8EKRS2 or the D955XBK over that of the 955X7AA-8EKRS2. The 955X7AA-8EKRS2 holds a performance lead of 1% for both 16-bit and 32-bit modes, and the 945P7AA-8EKRS2 falls back by a mere half a percentage point, easily within the margin of error.

..:: DOOM 3 ::..

To finish of this first set of benchmarks, we have DOOM3. For this benchmark, we set the system settings to Medium Quality, and ran the benchmark in 640 x 480 to avoid the graphics bottleneck problem. This benchmark shows the 955X7AA-8EKRS2 putting up a much larger performance gain than was seen in both UT2003 and Q3A, more in line with what we found in the AquaMark results. The 945P7AA-8EKRS2 manages to overtake Intel’s D955XBK but a minimal margin, but nevertheless shows impressive performance for an i945P product.