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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: 3DMark2001, 3DMark05

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
Albatron PX925XE Pro-R (925XE 200/533) 22419
Gigabyte GA-8ANXP-D (i925X 200/533) 23249
MSI 915P Neo2 Platinum (i915P 200/533) 21984
DFI LANParty 875P-T (i875P 200/400) 22441
ASRock 775V88 (PT880 200/400) 21810
VIA PT894 Ref Motherboard (PT894 200/533) 21530
AOpen i915Pa-PLF (915P 200/400) 22554
Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Royal (NF4-SLI 200/533) 23047
ECS RS400-A (RS400 200/400 Onboard Video) 4808
ECS RS400-A (RS400 200/400 X800 XT) 20408
Gigabyte GA-8I945P Pro (945P 200/400) 20241
Gigabyte GA-8I955X Royal 22295

The Gigabyte GA-8I955X Royal displays good results in this benchmark. We'd hoped for better, though it still posted a respectable score. Let's see how the motherboard does at a more advanced video test.

3DMark05 Source: FutureMark

3DMark05 is the latest version of the highly favoured 3DMark graphics benchmarking series. It is the first benchmark to require DirectX®9.0 compliant hardware with support for Pixel Shader 2.0 or higher.

3DMark05
Overall: Points Ranking
Albatron PX925XE Pro-R (925XE 200/533) 5483
Gigabyte GA-8ANXP-D (i925X 200/533) 5000
MSI 915P Neo2 Platinum (i915P 200/533) 5149
DFI LANParty 875P-T (i875P 200/400) 5000
ASRock 775V88 (PT880 200/400) 4662
VIA PT894 Ref Motherboard (PT894 200/533) 5431
AOpen i915Pa-PLF (915P 200/400) 5483
Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Royal (NF4-SLI 200/533) 5576
ECS RS400-A (RS400 200/400 Onboard Video) 660
ECS RS400-A (RS400 200/400 X800 XT) 5437
Gigabyte GA-8I945P Pro (945P 200/400) 5666
Gigabyte GA-8I955X Royal 5593
CPU: Points Ranking
Albatron PX925XE Pro-R (925XE 200/533) 5096
Gigabyte GA-8ANXP-D (i925X 200/533) 5000
MSI 915P Neo2 Platinum (i915P 200/533) 4694
DFI LANParty 875P-T (i875P 200/400) 5000
ASRock 775V88 (PT880 200/400) 4228
VIA PT894 Ref Motherboard (PT894 200/533) 4447
AOpen i915Pa-PLF (915P 200/400) 4585
Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Royal (NF4-SLI 200/533) 4619
ECS RS400-A (RS400 200/400 Onboard Video) 3091
ECS RS400-A (RS400 200/400 X800 XT) 4103
Gigabyte GA-8I945P Pro (945P 200/400) 5347
Gigabyte GA-8I955X Royal 5879

The Gigabyte GA-8I955X Royal comes a very respectable second place in the Overall portion of 3DMark05, though it's odd that the 945P-based board comes first considering the apparent superiority of the 955X Express chipset in PCMark05. The CPU benchmarks of the dual-core boards are again far better than any of the competition.

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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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