..:: 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 PX915G Pro in comparison to an array of i925X and i915P motherboards. For our Arithmetic results, we see that as far as ALU goes, the PX915G Pro manages the best score of the bunch so far, coming in at 10019. One the FPU front, we see that the PX915G Pro puts up a decent score, but it falls back down to the bottom of the bunch. For our Multimedia results, we found the PX915G Pro coming in second for ALU performance, just behind the GA-8ANXP-D. The story is repeated once again when it comes to FPU Multimedia performance. Finally, we have the Memory benchmark. As expected, the PX915G Pro falls right in line with the ABIT AG8, which is powered by the i915P chipset. Both boards run even matched for memory bandwidth according to SANDRA.
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 Albatron PX915G Pro bodes well against the competition, falling in line right behind the i925X powered Gigabyte GA-8ANXP-D. The PX915G Pro is able to surpass ABIT’s AG8 which also posted some strong numbers, as well as the “superior” i925X / DDR-II powered motherboards. One would expect the DDR-II powered motherboards to post up some better scores, but we’re still seeing strong performance coming out of the i915P/G chipsets even with only having DDR-I support. I would suspect that this trend will continue, thought it should get interesting to see how these i915P/G retail boards fare with DDR-II instead of DDR-I. It’s possible we could see slower times posted, but for now that’s mere speculation.
Next in line for our benchmarking results, we find ScienceMark 2.0. For this benchmarking suite, we decided to take a look at the performance results achieved with MemBench to analyze latency times as well as bandwidth. As we saw with the SANDRA results a little earlier, the PX915G Pro manages to put up a slightly better score than that of the ABIT AG8. Both of these boards fall behind the DDR-II powered motherboards by a fair margin of 10% or so. Latency and cycle wise, the PX915G Pro is pretty much even with the AG8. The PX915G Pro posts a hairline lead for latency time, though both boards come in with matched cycles. Both the i915P/G boards come in with latency times roughly 7% slower than those posted by the DDR-II powered boards.
The next benchmark that we’ll be covering from a gaming aspect is that of FutureMark’s 3DMark 2003. For our 3DMark2003 results, we see the ABIT AG8 actually posting a slightly better score than the Albatron PX915G Pro. Heading into this benchmark, I was expecting to see the opposite happen, with the Albatron board holding a small lead over the ABIT board, but alas things didn’t turn out that way. These two boards could battle back and forth for the remaining benchmarks, but I suspect the PX915G Pro will come out on top most.
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. Much as I expected heading into this benchmark, we find the PX915G Pro taking a miniscule performance lead of roughly .1% over the ABIT AG8. This benchmark still belongs to the Gigabyte GA-8ANXP-D which manages a three frame per second lead over both the i915P/G motherboards.
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 PX915G Pro is able to once again jump ahead of the ABIT AG8, as I was expecting to see happen. We’re seeing a performance jump just shy of 1% for 16-bit performance, but only a mere .2% for 32-bit. Needless to say, once error is factored in here we’re once again seeing two motherboards running in a dead heat. Neither of the i915P/G motherboards is able to keep up with any of the i925X, DDR-II boards that we have tested thus far.
The last benchmark for the day, Unreal Tournament 2003, shows us some very interesting results. For this test, we once again ran the benchmark in 640 x 480 mode 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’ll be ending our benchmarking tests today with a bit of a curve ball. This time, we see the ABIT AG8 overtaking the Albatron PX915G Pro for performance under both the BotMatch and FlyBy benchmarks. I was expecting to see the opposite happen, but given the close performance we’ve seen today between both of the i915 powered motherboards, it isn’t beyond belief, that’s for sure.