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AMD Athlon 64 Motherboards Head to Head - Albatron vs. EPoX - Benchmarks - Test System Setup and SiSoft Sandra

In the first of our AMD Athlon 64 Motherboard Head to Head articles we put the Albatron K8X800 Pro II up against the EPoX 8HDA3 which are both based on VIA's K8T800 chipset with the VT8237 Southbridge.

By: | Editorials in Motherboards | Posted: Dec 10, 2003 5:00 am

Test System Setup


Processor(s): AMD Athlon 64 3200+


Video Card(s): GeCube Radeon 9800 XT 256MB (Supplied by GeCube)


Memory: 2 x 256MB Mushkin PC4000 (Supplied by Mushkin)


Hard Disk(s): Maxtor 80GB 7,200 RPM SATA


Operating System Used: Windows XP Professional SP1


Drivers Used: ATI Catalyst 3.9 and latest VIA chipset drivers


We choose to run the lower 640 X 480 resolution to give you a better idea of chipset performance and of course 1280 X 1024 so you know how the motherboard would perform in your own real-world gaming environment.


We have used all the normal benchmarking applications as well as VIA's custom made time demo for Jedi Knight 2 which helps make the game a lot more intensive and gives you a better idea on performance.


Memory timings on both motherboards were set to SPD and all other settings were set the same such as AGP 8x and disabling V-Sync.


Let's see how they go!


Sandra MAX3


SiSoft Sandra (System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) MAX3 is a synthetic Windows benchmark that features different tests used to evaluate different PC subsystems.



In our first test we see Albatron take the win by a very small margin.



When getting rid of the optimizations we see Albatron take the win again.



Moving off to testing the processor we find that while the scores are close EPoX takes the win overall.




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