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Gigabyte 8INXP E7205 Motherboard Review - Benchmarks - Test Setup and Sandra 2003

Since the rocky inception of Intel's Pentium 4 processor, we have seen a lot of solid chipsets and products from most manufacturers who have extracted everything out of the processor and given us an array of wonderful workings. The newest chipset to come from Intel is the codename Granite Bay E7205 which adds AGP 8x and dual channel DDR to an already very workable platform. Come join Cameron "Sov" Johnson as he takes a look at Gigabyte's 8INXP motherboard which is based on this very chipset!

| Editorials in Motherboards | Posted: Dec 19, 2002 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.5%Manufacturer: Gigabyte Technology

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 30.30

 

Software Used: SiSoft Sandra 2002, 3DMark2001, PCMark 2002 Pro, Sysmark 2002, Vulpine GLMark 1.1, 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.

 

 

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CPU Multimedia and Raw power benchmarks show no difference between the three boards. It's in the memory benchmark we see the performance jump. Dual Channel DDR offers up to 1.5x the power of DDR-333 (around the same power as RDRAM 4200).

 

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