| Unreal Tournament 2003
Unreal Tournament 2003 is the sequel to 1999's
multiple 'Game of the Year' award winner. It uses the very latest Unreal Engine
technology - where graphics, sound and game play are taken beyond the bleeding
edge. Unreal Tournament 2003 employs the use of Vertex as well as Pixel Shaders
and it's recommended that you use a DirectX 8 videocard to get the most out of
UT2003 paints the same picture as the other 3D benchmarks.
Overall it's safe to say that the i848P based motherboards at stock are 10-15%
slower than i865PE based motherboards. Still, being able to maintain
a 60FPS speed throughout the entire benchmark is all that really
counts. Averages are shown above, so it is good to have a bit
of margin to make up the sections that impart a heavier load on the system.
It's a value board, good for the office!
The Albatron PX865PE Lite Pro which is based on the
i848P chipset is built for those out there who are on a budget, or need a good solid
board for office environments (ie. without breaking the bank). As the benchmarks suggest, when working
on 2D applications (like word processing, etc) the board is approximately
5-10% slower which is not really too bad. In 3D apps, the performance
gap is more like 10-15%, but even then the Albatron PX865PE Lite Pro does
pretty well relatively speaking.
The i848P is not an i845PE validated for 800 MHz use as it's physically about 33% larger than
the i845PE and the same size as the i865PE (they use the same amount of solder
balls too). Even though the i865 class chipsets (P/G/PE) are quite inexpensive,
Intel knows that there are people out there who still want to spend less
and that's why they've created the i848P . Those who are looking for entry
level systems (those ~$499 white box computers) should be quite satisfied.
Unfortunately since the board is
not quite available for retail sale yet I'm not sure how much it'll run for but
I'd expect it to be quite a bit below that of the i865PE based boards on the
market. There aren't many frills, the only features are 3Com 10/100 LAN,
SATA and 5.1 audio. We don't have many problems with the physical board
however we do have problems with the name Albatron chose. As a consumer, if I
saw the PX865PE Lite Pro on the shelf, I'd assume it's based on the i865PE
not the i848P.
While the board was the slowest 800 MHz based P4
motherboard we've tested, I can see myself using something like this
for standard office, or work PC. In that situation, high end equipment isn't really
necessary, and I'm sure the accountant would appreciate all the money I could
save by getting an i848P based board that just gets the job done well!
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