Chaintech VNF4 Zenith VE - Page 7

..:: SiSoft SANDRA ::..

To start off today’s benchmarking results, let’s examine the results obtained from SiSoft’s SANDRA. When it comes to Arithmetic performance, we see the VNF4 Zenith VE, NF4UK8AA-8EKRS and the NF4K8MC-ERS come out pretty much even for both ALU and FPU performance. When it comes to Multimedia performance, we again see similar results, this time with the VNF4 Zenith VE coming out on top by a slightly larger margin. Memory bandwidth wise, the Foxconn nForce4 Ultra board comes out on top with the VNF4 Zenith VE putting up slightly lower scores.

..:: 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.

For the PriBench tests, we see that the VNF4 Zenith VE is able to best the nForce4 Ultra powered NF4UK8AA-8EKRS by a small margin. Both of these boards were able to put up better scores than that offered by the NF4K8MC. In the most intensive benchmark, Test One, we see the VNF4 Zenith VE and NF4UK8AA-8EKRS running nearly in unison.

..:: ScienceMark 2.0 ::..

MemBench gives us identical results to those that we obtained through SiSoft SANDRA. The memory bandwidth score came in at 5048.6 for the VNF4 Zenith VE, 5046.03 for the NF4UK8AA-8EKRS and 4321.85 for the NF4K8MC-ERS. These scores are less than the numbers offered by SANDRA, but this tends to be the case with these two benchmarks. For the latency timing, we see the NF4K8MC-ERS requires 98 clock cycles and a latency time of 54.19 for a 512 byte data cluster, while the NF4UK8AA-8EKRS required 80 cycles with a latency of 44.23 and the VNF4 Zenith VE requires 87 cycles with a latency of 48.11.

..:: 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. The results obtained through AquaMark’s Default benchmark again show the NF4UK8AA-8EKRS besting both the VNF4 Zenith VE and NF4K8MC-ERS. The VNF4 Zenith VE holds its own nicely against the NF4UK8AA-8EKRS, however.

..:: Quake III Arena ::..

Quake III Arena has been used as a benchmark for a great length of time now, and the Pentium 4 processor has always been known as a Quake III powerhouse. 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. For both 16-bit and 32-bit resolutions, we see that this time the VNF4 Zenith VE is besting both of the Foxconn motherboards. The VNF4 Zenith VE and NF4UK8AA-8EKRS are pretty close performance wise with the NF4K8MC falling behind.

..:: Unreal Tournament 2003 ::..

The next to last benchmark for today’s testing is Unreal Tournament 2003. 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 the FlyBy portion of this benchmark, the NF4UK8AA-8EKRS bests both the VNF4 Zenith VE and NF4K8MC-ERS. The NF4K8MC lags behind by over 15 FPS. The story is a little different for BotMatch where we see the VNF4 Zenith VE take home the performance crown.

..:: DOOM 3 ::..

To finish of this 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 VNF4 Zenith VE and NF4UK8AA-8EKRS besting the performance of the NF4K8MC-ERS by nearly 4 FPS. The performance different between the top two boards is .1 FPS. For all intents and purposes, the VNF4 Zenith VE and NF4UK8AA-8EKRS are even performance wise.