Albatron PX875P Pro - Page 7

..:: SiSoft SANDRA ::..

Now that we’ve seen the physical layout and BIOS aspects of the PX875P Pro, it’s time to see how well all of those features intermix to build the performance of the product. To start things off, let’s take a look at the results obtained through the various benchmarks within the SANDRA suite. For out Arithmetic results, we see the PX875P Pro coming in with the highest ALU performance, but it ends up lagging behind a bit when it comes to FPU performance. The next results were from the Multimedia benchmark. Here, we see results that are nearly identical across the board, and we also see similar results as with the Arithmetic benchmark. The PX875P Pro pots a small lead in ALU performance, but lags behind a little when it comes to FPU performance. The real strength of the PX875P Pro that we found in the SANDRA suite was with the memory bandwidth results. Here, we see that PX875P Pro besting both the D875PBZ and the PT880Pro-FGR.

..:: 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.

If we take a look at the results we obtained through our strenuous testing with PriBench, we find that the PX875P Pro comes in ranking behind both of the competing motherboards by a slight margin. The interesting fact is that as the computations became more intensive, the PX875P Pro eventually caught up to, and surpassed both the D875PBZ and PT880Pro-FGR. In the most intensive benchmark, we see the PX875P Pro take a slight lead.

..:: ScienceMark 2.0 ::..

For our ScienceMark 2.0 benchmarks, we decided to take a look at the performance results achieved with three of the built-in programs, those being MemBench, and MolDyn. We’ll start off with the MemBench results. The MemBench bandwidth tests told a different story than that of SiSoft SANDRA. Here we find the PX875P Pro bringing up the rear for memory bandwidth. The most interesting item we found through our ScienceMark testing was that the latency times for the PX875P Pro were much less than that of both competing motherboards. Clearly, Albatron has been able to enable some stronger internal memory timings and configurations in order to decrease latency times. In the MolDyn benchmark, we see similar results as with PriBench, as the PX875P Pro bring up the rear, right in line with the general performance of the D875PBZ, another i875P based motherboard.

..:: SPECviewperf 7.0 ::..

In the SPECviewperf 7.0 benchmarks, we chose to relay results to you from four of the various benchmarks that are embedded within the benchmarking suite. In the SPECviewperf benchmarks, we see that the PX875P Pro tends to oscillate between being ahead of the game, and lagging behind. For the DX and 3DSMax benchmarks, we see the PX875P Pro holding a small lead over the competing boards, while for the DRV benchmark it falls back to second, right behind the D875PBZ. When it comes to the Light benchmark, things change. This benchmark shows the PX875P Pro lagging sorely behind both the D875PBZ and PT880Pro-FGR.

..:: Quake III Arena ::..

Quake III Arena has been around for quite some time, and has been amicably used for benchmarking purposes even since its inception. As time has progressed, less and less importance has been placed on this benchmark due to the ever increasing age of the software and graphic engine. When it comes to real world performance, we see that the PX875P Pro is able to hold its own against the D875PBZ, a motherboard that we have seen put up strong performance numbers since it first entered our hands nearly a year ago. Both of the i875P motherboards are easily able to best the PT880 based PT880Pro-FGR.

..:: Unreal Tournament 2003 ::..

Last up for today we have yet another real world performance benchmark for our motherboard reviews, Unreal Tournament 2003. We are using the built-in benchmarking utility with custom .ini files to make sure all settings are at high quality to allow for optimal benchmarking results for comparison. In the Unreal Tournament 2003 benchmarks, we see results that are very much in line with that of Quake III Arena. Once again, the PX875P Pro is able to keep up nicely with the D875PBZ, and both are able to best the performance of the PT880Pro-FGR. The PX875P Pro actually manages to take a minor lead in the BotMatch FPS, but factoring in error, the boards run identically.