FIC K8-800T - Page 5

..:: SiSoft SANDRA ::..

The first benchmark we are using today is SiSoft SANDRA 2004, and right off the bat, the FIC K8-800T shows strong results with performance reaching levels of other VIA K8T800 chipset motherboards. It was surprising to see the FIC solution hold a second place position over the Asus K8V Deluxe in the memory bandwidth tests, since we know the K8-800T is crippled with slower memory timings. These synthetic tests are not usually considered very demanding of a system, so let's move on to the next test.

..:: MBReview PriBench v1.04 ::..

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 relies on additional aspects within a computer system like hard drive speeds, PriBench does not rely on any of these exterior devices for the tests. PriBench is a system level benchmark, and solely utilizes the performance of the processor and memory subsystem. Our benchmarking program is extremely accurate as we have witnessed time fluctuations of approximately .03 seconds. When using our very own in-house benchmark program, the FIC K8-800T is again able show it can keep up with the best our other motherboards can offer, handing third place to Asus and falling just behind the KV8-MAX3.

..:: SuperPI ::..

In the graph above, the Super PI results show the time in seconds that it took the system to calculate prime integers to a set number of digits. A look at the results indicates that more of the real world values are coming into play, and the FIC K8-800T begins to feel the effect of having a slower memory set by coming in third place out of the three represented.

..:: FutureMark 3DMark2001SE ::..

3DMark2001 SE is first off on today's list of multimedia application benchmarks, and the FIC K8-800T once again shows us that it is the slowest Athlon 64 motherboard out of the three. Most of the performance loss is because of the fact that games thrive from system memory, and since the FIC must run with slower timings, the K8-800T takes a performance hit. So much, in fact that the Abit solution tends to beat it by 200 points in each test.

..:: Quake III Arena ::..

Up next is the Quake III Arena benchmark. We have always seen that memory bandwidth can boost gaming performance, but it quickly becomes apparent that performance can also decrease with memory latency penalties, as demonstrated here by the K8-800T. I hardly doubt anyone will miss 5 frames per second with 308 awaiting in the next loop, but this impact could lead to a noticeable difference in a more demanding OpenGL environment.

..:: Unreal Tournament 2003 ::..

The last gaming benchmark we will test our motherboards with is Unreal Tournament 2003 Demo v2206 with the HardOCP 2.1 version benchmarking add-on program. I have found that the add-on can save a lot of time when benchmarking, has a very simple interface, and is already pre-configured to test a variety of platforms equally instead of having to manually adjust any of the in-game settings myself. I chose to benchmark our motherboards using the Direct3D engine with low quality tests at a 640x480 resolution. The benchmark results for Unreal Tournament 2003 only cements the fact that the FIC K8-800T performs strong, but slowest of all three motherboards carrying the same chipset. The most damage it takes is in the dm-asbestos map, 4% behind the leader.