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Battle of the i845 Titans; MSI -vs- Soyo -vs- Gigabyte - Benchmarks, D3D

What happens when you take motherboards from MSI, Soyo and Gigabyte and mix them with an unlocked Pentium4 processor? How about some test results that will knock your socks off! Come join Cameron "Sov" Johnson as he takes a look at a trio of i845 based boards from these companies in a Battle of the i845 Titans. Let's see which will be the last one standing.

| Socket LGA 775 in Motherboards | Posted: May 1, 2002 4:00 am

Real-World D3D Benchmarks

 

Max Payne

 

Max Payne is a new generation DirectX 7/8 game. This game is based on Hardware T&L advancements as well as many other features of the Intel Pentium 4 and Athlon XP.

 

 

MSI takes a 1 FPS win here with Soyo and Gigabyte both tied for second. Not much of a difference at all in these boards in terms of performance.

 

Aquanox

 

Aquanox is the latest installment to our benchmark software. This game is based heavily on DirectX 8 and 8.1 advancements and is designed to stress video cards to their ultimate limit, in all the best D3D benchmark to date.

 

 

Again very little difference in this. MSI taking first, Gigabyte second and the Soyo third. In all very little between them.

 

Star Trek Armada

 

Star Trek Armada is a real-world direct 3D benchmark based on DirectX 7 enhancements. Star Trek Armada uses swap files for storage of large graphics and maps during its benchmarking and makes it a great IDE test tool rather than memory.

 

 

Again a MSI win, with Soyo second and Gigabyte third.

 

Star Trek Armada II

 

Star Trek Armada II is designed on the original Armada engine but with DirectX 8.1 display support, reducing the bottleneck by using fully accelerated 3D Graphics. Like Armada I, Armada II is a more hard disk intense benchmark rather than anything else and is a good indicator if the IDE system has any weaknesses.

 

 

Again MSI first, and Gigabyte and Soyo tied for second.

 

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