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Albatron K8X890 Pro II K8T890 Motherboard Review

Albatron K8X890 Pro II K8T890 Motherboard Review  - PCSTATS
Abstract: The VIA K8T890 chipset supports PCI Express, so as you'd expect we see a full PCI Express x16 video slot on this board.
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External Mfg. Website: Albatron Feb 17 2005   Colin Sun  
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Benchmarks: PCMark04, 3DMark2001

PCMark04 Source: FutureMark

The latest version of the popular PCMark series, PCMark04 is an application-based benchmark and a premium tool for measuring overall PC performance. It uses portions of real applications instead of including whole applications or using specifically created code. This allows PCMark04 to maintain a smaller installation size while still giving accurate results.

PCMark04:
Overall Points Ranking
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) 4804
Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 5042
MSI K8T Neo2-FIR (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 4992
MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 4943
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 4927
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 5024
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 4924
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 5034
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 4874
CPU Points Ranking
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) 4552
Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 4620
MSI K8T Neo2-FIR (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 4558
MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 4546
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 4563
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 4564
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 4578
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 4609
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 4545
Memory Points Ranking
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) 4968
Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 5737
MSI K8T Neo2-FIR (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 5043
MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 4984
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 4994
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 5757
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 5017
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 5790
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 5616

In PCMark04, the Albatron K8X890 Pro II does fairly well. it's not the fastest system, nor is it slowest. It's particularly strong in the memory portion of the test, so we'll see if this translates into good gaming performance.

3DMark2001 Source: FutureMark

By combining DirectX8 support with completely new graphics, 3DMark 2001 SE continues to provide a good overall system benchmark. 3DMark2001 SE was created in co-operation 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 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.

3DMark2001SE:
Motherboards Points Ranking
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) 27601
Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 29144
MSI K8T Neo2-FIR (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 28908
MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 28383
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 28127
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 27766
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 27429
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 28976
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 28268

The Albatron K8X890 Pro II scores better than many of the other older boards in this benchmark, indicating that its excellent memory bandwidth may be helping it.

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Contents of Article: Albatron K8X890 Pro II
 Pg 1.  Albatron K8X890 Pro II K8T890 Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  The sexy new K8T890 chipset!
 Pg 3.  Albatron's BIOS
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: SYSmark 2004
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: Winstone 2004, Winbench 99
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra 2004, Super Pi
 Pg 7.  — Benchmarks: PCMark04, 3DMark2001
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: 3DMark05, AquaMark3
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: Comanche 4, X2: The Threat, UT2003
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: UT2004, Doom 3

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