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
|Foxconn 955X7AA-8EKRS2 (955X 200/667)
|Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2 (945P 200/667)
|MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/800)
|Epox 5NVA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/800)
|Foxconn NF4SLI7AA-8EKRS2 (NF4 SLI 200/800)
|AOpen i945Ga-PHS (945G 200/667 Onboard Video)
|AOpen i945Ga-PHS (945G 200/667 7800 GTX)
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.
Motherboard: good but with a few
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
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