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Gigabyte GA-8S655TX Ultra Motherboard Review

Gigabyte GA-8S655TX Ultra Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: In the Pentium 4 world there haven't really been many real mainstream alternatives to Intel's own chipsets, that is until very recently.
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Filed under: Motherboards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Gigabyte Dec 17 2003   Colin Sun  
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System Spec's and Benchmarks:

PCStats Test System Specs:
Processor:

Intel Pentium 4 3.0C

Clock Speed:

15 x 200 MHz = 3.0 GHz
15 x 210 MHz = 3.15 GHz

Motherboards:

Gigabyte GA-8KNXP
Asus P4C800-DLX
MSI 865PE Neo2-FIS2R
SiS 655FX Reference Board
Gigabyte GA-8S655TX Ultra

Videocard:

ATi Radeon 9800 Pro

Memory:

2x 256MB Corsair TwinX3200LL

Hard Drive: 40GB Western Digital Special Ed.
CDROM: NEC 52x CD-ROM
PowerSupply: Vantec 470W Stealth PSU
Software Setup

WindowsXP Build 2600
Intel INF 5.00.1012
Catalyst 3.7

Workstation Benchmarks

SysMark2002
Business Winstone 2002
Content Creation 2002
Winbench 99
SiSoft Sandra 2003
PCMark2002
3DMark2001SE
AquaMark3
Quake III Arena
UT2003

* - HyperThreading was enabled and running for all the tests.
** - i865PE boards were benchmarked before PAT enabled BIOS's were released!

BAPCO Sysmark 2002 Source:FutureMark / BAPco

SysMark2002 is more of an extension of SysMark2001 rather then a whole new benchmark. The applications used during testing have been updated and most importantly for AMD users, the new SysMark2002 uses the Windows Media Encoder 7.1 which supports the AthlonXP's SSE instructions.

BapCo SysMark 2002 Benchmark Results
Internet Content (FSB/Memory) Sysmarks Ranking
1. P4 3.0C/Gigabyte GA-8KNXP (200/400) 449
2. P4 3.0C/Asus P4C800-DLX (200/400) 445
3. P4 3.0C/MSI 865PE Neo2-FIS2R (200/400) 425
4. P4 3.0C/SiS 655FX Ref Board (200/400) 447
5. P4 3.0C/Gigabyte GA-8S655TX Ultra (200/400) 453
6. P4 3.0C/Gigabyte GA-8S655TX Ultra (210/420) 465

Office Productivity (FSB/Memory)

1 P4 3.0C/Gigabyte GA-8KNXP (200/400) 254
2. P4 3.0C/Asus P4C800-DLX (200/400) 237
3. P4 3.0C/MSI 865PE Neo2-FIS2R (200/400) 220
4. P4 3.0C/SiS 655FX Ref Board (200/400) 247
4. P4 3.0C/Gigabyte GA-8S655TX Ultra (200/400) 256
6. P4 3.0C/Gigabyte GA-8S655TX Ultra (210/420) 261

The Gigabyte GA-8S655TX Ultra starts off pretty well here. It beats both the i875P based Gigabyte GA-8KNXP and the Asus P4C800-DLX as well as surpassing the reference SiS 655FX motherboard!

Winstone 2002 Source: Zdnet

Content Creation Winstone 2002 is a system-level, application-based benchmark that measures a PC's overall performance when running top, Windows-based, 32-bit, content creation applications on Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows Me, or Windows XP.

Business Winstone 2002 is a system-level, application-based benchmark that measures a PC's overall performance when running today's top-selling Windows-based 32-bit applications on Windows 98, Windows 2000 (SP6 or later), Windows Me, or Windows XP. Business Winstone doesn't mimic what these packages do; it runs real applications through a series of scripted activities and uses the time a PC takes to complete those activities to produce its performance scores.

Winstone 2002 Benchmark Results
Content Creation (FSB/Memory) Score Ranking
1. P4 3.0C/Gigabyte GA-8KNXP (200/400) 49
2. P4 3.0C/Asus P4C800-DLX (200/400) 48.5
3. P4 3.0C/MSI 865PE Neo2-FIS2R (200/400) 47.6
4. P4 3.0C/SiS 655FX Ref Board (200/400) 49.8
5. P4 3.0C/Gigabyte GA-8S655TX Ultra (200/400) 50
6. P4 3.0C/Gigabyte GA-8S655TX Ultra (210/420) 51.4

Business Winstone (FSB/Memory)

1 P4 3.0C/Gigabyte GA-8KNXP (200/400) 34.5
2. P4 3.0C/Asus P4C800-DLX (200/400) 34.5
3. P4 3.0C/MSI 865PE Neo2-FIS2R (200/400) 33.5
4. P4 3.0C/SiS 655FX Ref Board (200/400) 37.5
5. P4 3.0C/Gigabyte GA-8S655TX Ultra (200/400) 37.6
6. P4 3.0C/Gigabyte GA-8S655TX Ultra (210/420) 38.5

The trend continues here in the Winstone 2002 benchmarks. It should be pretty evident that SiS based motherboards are the real deal.

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Contents of Article: Gigabyte Ga-8S655TX Ultra
 Pg 1.  Gigabyte GA-8S655TX Ultra Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Memory and Northbridge Cooling
 Pg 3.  Scooping out the GA-8S655TX Ultra
 Pg 4.  BIOS and Overclocking
 Pg 5.  — System Spec's and Benchmarks:
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: Winbench99, SiSoft Sandra
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: PCMark2002, 3DMark2001
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: Quake III Arena, UT2003
 Pg 9.  SIS and the Gigabyte 8S655TX Ultra

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