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Asus P4S8X SiS 648 Motherboard Review - Testing

Asus has long made motherboards with the enthusiast in mind. No matter the chipset or processor being supported, they have been there. Come join Tio Chaharbaghi as he delves into one of their latest offerings; the Asus P4S8X Motherboard. Using the new SiS 648 chipset, we will look at a number of areas to see if this newcomer can stand up to the Asus reputation. Come find out!

By: | Editorials in Motherboards | Posted: Oct 18, 2002 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 7.5%Manufacturer: Asus

Test Setup


Processor: Intel Pentium 4 2.4B GHz Northwood


Motherboard: Asus P4S8X SiS 648


Memory: Corsair XMS 3200 CL2 512 DDR


Video Card: ATi Radeon 9700 Pro Video Card


Hard Disk: Seagate Barracuda ATA IV 60 GB HDD


Drivers: ATi Catalyst 2.3


Operating system: Windows XP Professional


BIOS Version: 1004 FINAL. NOTE: This board is severely hit in performance with this BIOS. The older version had better performance but the board was not stable. Stay on the lookout for some benchmark updates with future BIOS releases.


SiSoft Sandra CPU Benchmark



The 2.4B coupled with the Asus P4S8X performs much better than SiSoft's default scores in the Dhrystone column. It seems to be on par with the defaults scores for the Whestone FPU/iSSE2 column.


SiSoft Sandra CPU Multimedia Benchmark



The P4S8X is right on the money with both the integer score and the Floating-point score when compared to it's default Sandra score.


SiSoft Sandra Memory Benchmark



The P4S8X performs quite poorly in the memory bandwidth test. It seems even with its native "DDR 333" support it performs worse than both of its brother, the SiS 645 DX as well as the KT333 board from VIA. Perhaps with a BIOS update this will be resolved.


3DMark 2001 SE



At default, The P4S8X gets a score of about 12195 paired with the 9700 Pro. It only takes a hit of about 1500 points when moving up to a much higher resolution. The scores seem a bit low in my opinion, but we will see how it stacks up to other motherboards as they come in.


Quake III Arena



In Quake III, the Asus puts up some nice numbers. The difference between the lowest resolution and the highest is a mere 9 FPS.


Serious Sam SE



At both resolutions, the hits come when we switch to 32-bit mode. At 1024x768 it drops about 100 FPS when going to 32-bit and at 1280x1024 it drops about 50 FPS.


Comanche 4


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