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Massive 10 Motherboard i845E/G Roundup

Massive 10 Motherboard i845E/G Roundup - PCSTATS
Abstract: Traditionally, Intel chipsets have always been the fastest and most stable for Intel processors; just consider the venerable i440BX, i815E or even the i850E.
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External Mfg. Website: Various Oct 23 2002   Colin Sun  
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Benchmarks: QIII Arena

Quake III Arena

Source: ID Software

Quake III Arena is a First Person Shooter (FPS) that revolutionized gaming as we know it. Using multiple light sources and having graphics textures that can fill videocards, even after 3 years it's still able to bring a cutting edge system to its knees. Both demo's are set to FASTEST setting in the configuration.

Quake III has always loved high memory bandwidth, and here we again see the i845G motherboards are in front. The three i845E based motherboards use higher memory frequencies that enable them to outperform the others slightly.

Even though the nv15demo is supposed to be all CPU limited, we still see how bandwidth affects performance.

Overclocking:

It's no surprise that the ECS L4IBAE was the poorest overclocker of the bunch as it isn't designed for the overclocking market at all. On the other hand, we were a bit surprised that the Epox 4G4A+ was not the best overclocking board in the group. With such a powerful and feature rich BIOS we would have expected more. It's possible that since the test 4G4A+ was beta, all the kinks haven't been worked out... From talking to a few friends who have the 4G4A+ I know it's a decent overclocker. It's a shame the test board wasn't. =(

We were a bit disappointed at the BD7II-RAID's overclockability, and I suppose the biggest limiting factor was the relatively low memory voltage. At a max of 2.7V, it doesn't allow an overclocker to really test out the limits of the system without having to physically modify the motherboard.

We were very impressed at how high the Abit BG7 was able to take our 1.6A even though it didn't have the best overclocking options. Goes to show a lot about the "Abit Engineering" they're always [marketing] about.

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Contents of Article: Various
 Pg 1.  Massive 10 Motherboard i845E/G Roundup
 Pg 2.  The i845E, i845G and the new ICH4
 Pg 3.  Epox 4BEAV
 Pg 4.  Iwill P4GS
 Pg 5.  Epox 4G4A+
 Pg 6.  Albatron PX845EPro
 Pg 7.  Abit BD7II-RAID
 Pg 8.  Abit BG7
 Pg 9.  Iwill P4ES
 Pg 10.  Abit IT7-MAX
 Pg 11.  Soltek SL-85DR2
 Pg 12.  ECS L4IBAE
 Pg 13.  Benchmarks: Bapco Sysmark 2002
 Pg 14.  Benchmarks: Winstone 2001
 Pg 15.  Benchmarks: Winbench 99
 Pg 16.  Benchmarks: Sisoft Sandra 2002
 Pg 17.  Benchmarks: PCMark 2002
 Pg 18.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001SE
 Pg 19.  — Benchmarks: QIII Arena
 Pg 20.  Best Value / Overclocking Motherboards
 Pg 21.  Best Overall Motherboard

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