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Iwill ZMAXap SFF Review - Benchmarks - Test System Setup and SiSoft Sandra

While over at Computex in Taiwan this year we saw Iwill showing off their new line of small form factor PCs that were just about ready to hit the market - it was a bit hard to miss all the hype of the new Iwill small form factor systems with all the Taiwanese folks walking around the halls with the small form factor systems sitting on top of their heads. We have the ZMAX (AP) here today that utilizes Intel's 865G chipset which we haven't used for a while now with the array of motherboards coming in utilizing the new 915 and 925 chipset from Intel.

| SFF PCs in Computer Systems | Posted: Sep 27, 2004 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 8%      Manufacturer: Iwill

Test System Setup

 

Processor(s): Intel Pentium 4 3GHz "C"

 

Motherboard(s): PowerColor Medusa ATI 9100IGP Pro (Supplied by TUL Corporation)

 

Memory: 2 X 512MB Kingmax PC4000 (Supplied by Kingmax)

 

Hard Disk(s): Western Digital Raptor 36GB 10,000 RPM SATA

 

Operating System Used: Windows XP Professional SP1

 

Drivers Used: ATI Catalyst 4.9 and DX9c

 

We have put the Iwill ZMAXap against PowerColor's latest 9100IGP Pro motherboard which is using the latest Pentium 4 chipset from ATI. This will give you an idea of how the two chipsets compare against each other and how the FlexATX motherboard that Iwill uses handles itself against a full size ATA motherboard.

 

We have used a few synthetic benchmarks along with 3DMark2001 SE and Quake 3 Arena to give you an all round view of the performance of these setups. As it is known that the ATI 9100IGP chipset has a better graphics core built into the chipset, we will also have a quick look at how both systems handle 3DMark when we install an ATI Radeon X800PRO into the systems.

 

SiSoft Sandra

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 2004 SP2

 

Developer Homepage: http://www.sisoftware.co.uk

 

Product Homepage: http://sisoftware.jaggedonline.com/index.php?location=home&a=TTA&lang=en

 

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

 

 

 

The memory bandwidth as you would expect is quite poor on the ATI chipset, compared to the all mighty Intel 865 chipset. The ZMAX scores extremely well here against the full size ATX PowerColor motherboard.

 

 

ATI haven't been able to optimize the chipset quite as well as Intel since ATI are still only quite new to the chipset market. In the synthetic tests you can clearly see that the ATI lags behind and the little Iwill system stands up quite well.

 

 

 

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