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AOpen i945Ga-PHS Motherboard Review

AOpen i945Ga-PHS Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The motherboard is a pretty well rounded platform, it even supports HDTV component output (Y, Pb, Pr) by default!
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External Mfg. Website: AOpen Dec 03 2005   Max Page  
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Benchmarks: Doom 3, Conclusions

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
Foxconn 955X7AA-8EKRS2 (955X 200/667) 96.9
Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2 (945P 200/667) 94.3
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/800) 97.3
Epox 5NVA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/800) 96.2
Foxconn NF4SLI7AA-8EKRS2 (NF4 SLI 200/800) 95.9
AOpen i945Ga-PHS (945G 200/667 Onboard Video) 15.5
AOpen i945Ga-PHS (945G 200/667 7800 GTX) 91.1

Doom 3 is too much for the integrated i945G videocard. When a GeForce 7800GTX videocard is installed framerates jump dramatically. The test results for the AOpen i945Ga-PHS motherboard are still just slightly lower than the other reference systems which is a little surprising.

AOpen i945Ga-PHS Motherboard: good but with a few quirks

In the last year or so we have witnessed many predominantly OEM companies focus more attention to the retail market. Manufacturers like Foxconn, ECS and AOpen are intent in capturing their part of the retail market.

The AOpen i945Ga-PHS motherboard is a good solution for multimedia enthusiasts. Thanks to its compatibility with dual core processors, it has plenty of power for everyday applications. Based on the Intel i945G core logic, the i945Ga-PHS motherboard accomodates Socket 775 Pentium 4 processors on a variety of FSBs. It functions with up to 4GB of DDR 2 memory.

The integrated Intel GMA 950 videocard is weak where 3D tasks are concerned, but sufficient for office applications and other 2D tasks. The best aspect of the i945Ga-PHS motherboard is the inclusion of a Chrontel CH7021A-TEF video output chipset. This little IC allows users to hook up the i945Ga-PHS motherboard to a Television via S-Video, Composite or Component (Y, Pb, Pr) cable. Talk about a multimedia power house! The AOpen i945Ga-PHS motherboard has a retail price of $175 CDN ($149 US).

AOpen motherboards tend to be pretty user friendly and this is mainly true when dealing with the i945Ga-PHS. When it comes to using a stand alone PCI Express x16 videocard, AOpen really dropped the ball. No where in its Quick Install Guide or User's manual was there mention of moving jumpers.... an omission that while minor in scope is pretty significant if the user can't otherwise access the information.

The AOpen i945Ga-PHS also seemed to have a small FPU performance issue, that resulted in the board pretty much taking up last in every benchmark by a small percentage. SiSoft Sandra, PCMark04/05 all reported lower than usual memory bandwidth numbers and this affected the 3D tests as well. PCSTATS has been speaking with AOpen to try and figure out what the issue might be, but as of yet no firm cause has been nailed down.

Ultimately, the AOpen i945Ga-PHS motherboard has a lot of potential that is going to be left unrealized if these quirks are not ironed out.

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Contents of Article: AOpen i945Ga-PHS
 Pg 1.  AOpen i945Ga-PHS Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  PCI Express Videocard Jumpers
 Pg 3.  Overclocking Test Report and BIOS
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: SYSMark 2004
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: Winstone 2004, Winbech 99
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra, Super Pi
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: PCMark04, PCMark05
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, 3DMark05
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: Comanche 4, X2: The Threat
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: UT2003, UT2004
 Pg 11.  — Benchmarks: Doom 3, Conclusions

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