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Gigabyte K8NSNXP nForce3-250Gb Motherboard Review

Gigabyte K8NSNXP nForce3-250Gb Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Based on the nForce3-250Gb chipset, this Socket 754 Athlon64 motherboard is literally filled to the gills with virtually every option under the sun.
 85% Rating:   
Filed under: Motherboards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Gigabyte Jul 19 2004   Colin Sun  
Home > Reviews > Motherboards > Gigabyte GA-K8NSNXP

Benchmarks: PCMark2002, 3DMark2001, AquaMark3

PCMark 2002 Source: FutureMark

PCMark can be used on desktop PC's, Laptops and even Workstations and tests everyday computing from home to office usage. PCMark specifically stresses the CPU, memory subsystem, graphics subsystem, hard drives, WindowsXP GUI (if WinXP is used), video performance and even laptop batteries.

PCMark 2002 Benchmark Results
Processor PCMarks Ranking
Asus K8V Deluxe 6516

Gigabyte K8NNXP

6596

MSI K8N Neo-FIS2R

6566
Gigabyte K8NSNXP 6536

Gigabyte K8NSNXP (234/464)

7321

Memory

PCMarks

Ranking

Asus K8V Deluxe 8736

Gigabyte K8NNXP

8896

MSI K8N Neo-FIS2R

8969
Gigabyte K8NSNXP 8912

Gigabyte K8NSNXP (234/464)

10025

Here in PCMark2002 all the systems score about the same at stock speeds which shouldn't be a surprise to anyone. Overclocking allows the Gigabyte K8NSNXP to score some pretty impressive numbers....

3DMark2001 Source: FutureMark

By combining DirectX8 support with completely new graphics, it continues to provide good overall system benchmarks. 3DMark2001 SE has been created in cooperation with the major 3D accelerator and processor manufacturers to provide a reliable set of diagnostic tools. The suite demonstrates 3D gaming performance by using real-world gaming technology to test a system's true performance abilities. Tests include: DirectX8 Vertex Shaders, Pixel Shaders and Point Sprites, DOT3 and Environment Mapped Bump Mapping, support for Full Scene Anti-aliasing and Texture Compression and two game tests using Ipion real-time physics. Higher 3DMark scores denote better performance.

3DMark2001 Benchmark Results
Motherboard 3DMarks Ranking
Asus K8V Deluxe 20178

Gigabyte K8NNXP

20061
MSI K8N Neo-FIS2R 20464

Gigabyte K8NSNXP

20264

Gigabyte K8NSNXP (234/464)

22305

nForce3-250Gb based motherboards score just slightly higher than the older NF3-150 and K8T800 chipsets. Overclocking allows the Gigabyte K8NSNXP to break 22k with the videocard running at stock!

AquaMark3 Source: Massive Development

AquaMark3 is a powerful tool to determine reliable information about the gaming performance of a computer system. Because the benchmark extensively utilizes DirectX9, DirectX8 and DirectX7 functionality, it represents the requirements of typical gaming applications in 2003 and 2004.

AquaMark3 Benchmark Results (Processor)
Motherboard Points Ranking
Asus K8V Deluxe 8943

Gigabyte K8NNXP

9265
MSI K8N Neo-FIS2R 9384

Gigabyte K8NSNXP

9312

Gigabyte K8NSNXP (234/464)

10146

AquaMark3 Benchmark Results (Overall)
Motherboard Points Ranking
Asus K8V Deluxe 45606

Gigabyte K8NNXP

45346
MSI K8N Neo-FIS2R 46207

Gigabyte K8NSNXP

46156

Gigabyte K8NSNXP (234/464)

52639

If you're into 3D gaming, Athlon64's have a ton of power! At stock the Gigabyte and MSI NF3-250 motherboards are neck and neck. When overclocked, the Gigabyte destroys everything else in its path.

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Contents of Article: Gigabyte GA-K8NSNXP
 Pg 1.  Gigabyte K8NSNXP nForce3-250Gb Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  The nVidia nForce3-250GB
 Pg 3.  Overclocking the Gigabyte GA-K8NSNXP
 Pg 4.  System Spec's and Benchmarks
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: Winstone 2002, Winbench 99
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra 2004, Super Pi
 Pg 7.  — Benchmarks: PCMark2002, 3DMark2001, AquaMark3
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: Comanche 4, X2: The Threat, UT2003

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