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Chaintech Zenith VNF4 Ultra Motherboard Review

Chaintech Zenith VNF4 Ultra Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: There's little doubt that if you're thinking about buying a new system or parts right now, Socket 939 Athlon64 + PCI Express is the way to go.
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Filed under: Motherboards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Chaintech Apr 20 2005   Colin Sun  
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Benchmarks: UT2004, Doom 3

Unreal Tournament 2004

Source: Epic

Unreal Tournament 2004 is the sequel to the highly popular UT2003 and uses the very latest Unreal Engine technology. Unreal Tournament 2004 employs the use of Vertex and Pixel Shaders and it's recommended that you use a DirectX 9 videocard if you plan to play competitively.

UT2004
dm-rankin FPS Ranking
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) 109.64
Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 113.86
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 121.22
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 126.86
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 129.66
Epox EP-9NPA+ (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 116.09
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 115.55
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 120.91
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 124.07
Gigabyte GA-K8N Ultra-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 117.26
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4-SLI 200/400) 122.5
Chaintech Zenith VNF4 Ultra (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 114.65
as-convoy FPS Ranking
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) 70.34
Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 73.1
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 73.45
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 85.57
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 87.22
Epox EP-9NPA+ (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 75.24
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 74.68
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 85.33
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 79.43
Gigabyte GA-K8N Ultra-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 75.56
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4-SLI 200/400) 78.59
Chaintech Zenith VNF4 Ultra (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 73.97
ctf-bridgeoffate FPS Ranking
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) 150.44
Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 156.65
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 158.15
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 176.08
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 181.18
Epox EP-9NPA+ (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 161.38
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 158.58
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 175.29
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 172.21
Gigabyte GA-K8N Ultra-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 161.05
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4-SLI 200/400) 169.47
Chaintech Zenith VNF4 Ultra (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 161.03

UT2004 framerates are also a bit on the low side and I'm not sure why. We've seen this with other NF4 Ultra boards as well though.

Doom 3

Source: id Software

Doom 3 is the most advanced game to date. it takes advantage of the latest videocard technology and pushes the processing power of the CPU to its absolute limit. At its highest setting, Ultra quality, texture sizes pass the 500MB mark which means even tomorrow's videocards will have a hard time running everything. The frame rates in the game itself are locked at 60 fps so anything above that point is wasted. Each test is run three times with the third run being recorded.

Doom3
LQ 640x480: FPS Ranking
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) 102.7
Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 108.2
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 107.4
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 115
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 114
Epox EP-9NPA+ (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 112.1
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 108.5
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 112.8
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 117.5
Gigabyte GA-K8N Ultra-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 110.1
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4-SLI 200/400) 115.7
Chaintech Zenith VNF4 Ultra (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 120.3

The Chaintech Zenith VNF4 Ultra finishes things off strong in Doom 3 with the highest framerates we've seen yet. The board is even able to best high-end motherboards like the MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI and the DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR!

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Contents of Article: Chaintech Zenith VNF4 Ultra
 Pg 1.  Chaintech Zenith VNF4 Ultra Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Overclocking the Chaintech value board
 Pg 3.  Benchmarks: SYSMark 2004
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: Winstone 2004, Winbench 99
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra 2005, Super Pi
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: PCMark04, 3DMark2001
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: 3DMark05, AquaMark3
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: Comanche 4, X2: The Threat, UT2003
 Pg 9.  — Benchmarks: UT2004, Doom 3
 Pg 10.  You can't beat its value!

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