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Gigabyte GA-8I955X Royal Intel 955X Motherboard Review

Gigabyte GA-8I955X Royal Intel 955X Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The Gigabyte GA-8I955X Royal motherboard is a dual core Pentium 4 processor compatible platform, built around Intel's very own 955X chipset.
 78% Rating:   
Filed under: Motherboards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Gigabyte Aug 09 2005   Mike Dowler  
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Benchmarks: UT2003, UT2004

Unreal Tournament 2003

Source: Epic

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 the game.

UT2003 - Flyby:
640x480 Points Ranking
Albatron PX925XE Pro-R (925XE 200/533) 255.98
Gigabyte GA-8ANXP-D (i925X 200/533) 262.87
MSI 915P Neo2 Platinum (i915P 200/533) 254.22
DFI LANParty 875P-T (i875P 200/400) 250.03
ASRock 775V88 (PT880 200/400) 241.05
VIA PT894 Ref Motherboard (PT894 200/533) 242.15
AOpen i915Pa-PLF (915P 200/400) 254.211
Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Royal (NF4-SLI 200/533) 259.42
ECS RS400-A (RS400 200/400 Onboard Video) 87.42
ECS RS400-A (RS400 200/400 X800 XT) 229.38
Gigabyte GA-8I945P Pro (945P 200/400) 242.44
Gigabyte GA-8I955X Royal 256.23
UT2003 - Botmatch:
640x480 Points Ranking
Albatron PX925XE Pro-R (925XE 200/533) 84.44
Gigabyte GA-8ANXP-D (i925X 200/533) 85.45
MSI 915P Neo2 Platinum (i915P 200/533) 83.17
DFI LANParty 875P-T (i875P 200/400) 83.23
ASRock 775V88 (PT880 200/400) 80.04
VIA PT894 Ref Motherboard (PT894 200/533) 80.13
AOpen i915Pa-PLF (915P 200/400) 83.84
Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Royal (NF4-SLI 200/533) 84.74
ECS RS400-A (RS400 200/400 Onboard Video) 34.91
ECS RS400-A (RS400 200/400 X800 XT) 76.02
Gigabyte GA-8I945P Pro (945P 200/400) 79.41
Gigabyte GA-8I955X Royal 84.9

The Gigabyte GA-8I955X Royal scores well here, though not enough to lead the test group.

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 Points Ranking
Albatron PX925XE Pro-R (925XE 200/533) 90.83
Gigabyte GA-8ANXP-D (i925X 200/533) 90.13
MSI 915P Neo2 Platinum (i915P 200/533) 83.48
DFI LANParty 875P-T (i875P 200/400) 83.47
ASRock 775V88 (PT880 200/400) 79.47
VIA PT894 Ref Motherboard (PT894 200/533) 85.04
AOpen i915Pa-PLF (915P 200/400) 90.61
Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Royal (NF4-SLI 200/533) 85.21
ECS RS400-A (RS400 200/400 Onboard Video) 32.88
ECS RS400-A (RS400 200/400 X800 XT) 74.79
Gigabyte GA-8I945P Pro (945P 200/400) 80.45
Gigabyte GA-8I955X Royal 84.9
as-convoy Points Ranking
Albatron PX925XE Pro-R (925XE 200/533) 61.57
Gigabyte GA-8ANXP-D (i925X 200/533) 64.81
MSI 915P Neo2 Platinum (i915P 200/533) 57.92
DFI LANParty 875P-T (i875P 200/400) 61.11
ASRock 775V88 (PT880 200/400) 52.71
VIA PT894 Ref Motherboard (PT894 200/533) 57.8
AOpen i915Pa-PLF (915P 200/400) 61.34
Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Royal (NF4-SLI 200/533) 54.7
ECS RS400-A (RS400 200/400 Onboard Video) 21.32
ECS RS400-A (RS400 200/400 X800 XT) 48.47
Gigabyte GA-8I945P Pro (945P 200/400) 50.31
Gigabyte GA-8I955X Royal 55.29
ctf-bridgeoffate Points Ranking
Albatron PX925XE Pro-R (925XE 200/533) 127.42
Gigabyte GA-8ANXP-D (i925X 200/533) 134.09
MSI 915P Neo2 Platinum (i915P 200/533) 119.36
DFI LANParty 875P-T (i875P 200/400) 129.77
ASRock 775V88 (PT880 200/400) 110.07
VIA PT894 Ref Motherboard (PT894 200/533) 118.76
AOpen i915Pa-PLF (915P 200/400) 126.4
Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Royal (NF4-SLI 200/533) 120.5
ECS RS400-A (RS400 200/400 Onboard Video) 44.19
ECS RS400-A (RS400 200/400 X800 XT) 103.1
Gigabyte GA-8I945P Pro (945P 200/400) 106.24
Gigabyte GA-8I955X Royal 116.81

As we saw in the X2: The Threat benchmark, both of the dual-core motherboards perform somewhat underwhelming here. The Gigabyte GA-8I955X Royal does have a clear leg up on the 945P motherboard in terms of performance, but it seems slower than it should be here, being soundly beaten by the i925X-based boards. Memory bandwidth again?

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Contents of Article: Gigabyte GA-8I955X Royal
 Pg 1.  Gigabyte GA-8I955X Royal Intel 955X Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Plenty of onboard features and extras
 Pg 3.  The Intel 955X Express chipset
 Pg 4.  Overclocking and GA-8I955X Dual Core BIOS Issues
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: SYSmark 2004
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: Winstone 2004, Winbench 99
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra, Super Pi
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: PCMark04, PCMark05
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, 3DMark05
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: Comanche 4, X2: The Threat
 Pg 11.  — Benchmarks: UT2003, UT2004
 Pg 12.  Benchmarks: Doom 3 and Conclusions

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