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Battle of the SiS 648 Budgets - MSI vs. Gigabyte vs. ECS - Benchmarks - Test Setup and Sandra

The Pentium 4 processor line has been with us for sometime now and has matured into quite the profitable making product for Intel after its rather shaky inception. Now we have the Top 3 chipset manufacturers creating chipset solutions for the processor. One which has begun to stand out in the crown is SiS with their solid 648 chipset. Today Cameron "Sov" Johnson presents us with a roundup of three budget motherboards based on this very chipset from MSI, Gigabyte and ECS!

| Editorials in Motherboards | Posted: Nov 9, 2002 5:00 am

Benchmarks

 

Test System

 

Processor: Intel Pentium 4 2.4B GHz (Northwood) (Supplied by Spectrum Communications)

 

Memory: 2x 256MB DDR-400 Kingmax (512MB) (Supplied by Kingmax)

 

Video Card: NVIDIA Reference GF4 Ti4200 128MB (Supplied by NVIDIA)

 

Hard Disk: Western Digital WD1200 (Supplied by Achieva)

 

Drivers: NVIDIA DetXP rev 40.41

 

Software Used: Sisoft Sandra 2002, 3DMark2001, PCMark 2002 Pro, Sysmark 2002, Vulpine GLmark, Quake 3 Arena, Aquanox, DroneZmark, Max Payne, Star Trek Voyager Elite Force, Jedi Knight II

 

SiSoft Sandra 2002 SP1

 

SiSoft Sandra (the System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) 2002 is a synthetic Windows benchmark that features different tests used to evaluate different PC subsystems. We used this to test CPU Raw Performance, Multimedia Instruction Set and Memory Bandwidth Performance. While they are all synthetic results, they do give us a general idea of what is happening and where a component's strengths and weaknesses are.

 

 

 

 

ECS leads out over all the other budget boards in the memory tests while being almost identical in the CPU tests.

 

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