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ABIT AN8-32X nForce4 SLI x16 Motherboard Review

ABIT AN8-32X nForce4 SLI x16 Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: ABIT's newest flagship Athlon64 motherboard is the ABIT AN8 32X, based upon the nForce4 SLI x16 chipset.
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Filed under: Motherboards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: ABIT Apr 04 2006   Colin Sun  
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Benchmarks: 3DMark05, X2 The Threat

3DMark05 Source: FutureMark

3DMark05 is best suited for the latest generation of DirectX9.0 graphics cards. It is the first benchmark to require a DirectX9.0 compliant hardware with support for Pixel Shaders 2.0 or higher! By combining high quality 3D tests, CPU tests, feature tests, image quality tools, and much more, 3DMark05 is a premium benchmark for evaluating the latest generation of gaming hardware.

3DMark05
Overall: Points Ranking
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 7588
MSI RS480M2-IL (RS480 200/400) 7568
Chaintech Zenith VNF4 Ultra (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 7676
MSI K8N Diamond Plus (NF4 SLI x16 200/400 7800GTX Single) 7636
MSI K8N Diamond Plus (NF4 SLI x16 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 10716
DFI LANPartyUT NF4 SLI-DR Expert (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX Single) 7680
DFI LANPartyUT NF4 SLI-DR Expert (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 11617
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX Single) 7681
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 11697
Epox 9NPA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX Single) 7672
Epox 9NPA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 11578
ABIT AN8 32X (NF4 SLI x16 200/400 7800GTX Single) 7629
ABIT AN8 32X (NF4 SLI x16 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 11520
CPU: Points Ranking
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 5044
MSI RS480M2-IL (RS480 200/400) 4881
Chaintech Zenith VNF4 Ultra (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 5549
MSI K8N Diamond Plus (NF4 SLI x16 200/400 7800GTX Single) 5281
MSI K8N Diamond Plus (NF4 SLI x16 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 5521
DFI LANPartyUT NF4 SLI-DR Expert (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX Single) 5493
DFI LANPartyUT NF4 SLI-DR Expert (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 5355
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX Single) 5513
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 5416
Epox 9NPA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX Single) 5499
Epox 9NPA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 5227
ABIT AN8 32X (NF4 SLI x16 200/400 7800GTX Single) 5410
ABIT AN8 32X (NF4 SLI x16 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 5326

3D performance in 3DMark05 is very good although the CPU scores are ever so slightly lower than the competition.

X2: The Threat Source: Egosoft

A completely rewritten 3D engine based on DirectX8 encompasses many visual effects such as volumetric Nebulae (gas clouds) that have a real impact in the game (you can hide in them) and many new engine, shield, weapon and explosion effects. Objects cast real dynamic 3D shadows! Dynamic DP3 bump mapping allows a previously unseen level of detail.

X2 The Threat
640x480 FPS Ranking
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 198.165
MSI RS480M2-IL (RS480 200/400) 186.798
Chaintech Zenith VNF4 Ultra (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 201.418
MSI K8N Diamond Plus (NF4 SLI x16 200/400 7800GTX Single) 204.461
MSI K8N Diamond Plus (NF4 SLI x16 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 247.18
DFI LANPartyUT NF4 SLI-DR Expert (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX Single) 201.274
DFI LANPartyUT NF4 SLI-DR Expert (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 242.746
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX Single) 216.091
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 245.341
Epox 9NPA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX Single) 201.013
Epox 9NPA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 239.701
ABIT AN8 32X (NF4 SLI x16 200/400 7800GTX Single) 194.328
ABIT AN8 32X (NF4 SLI x16 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 241.532

It's nice to see how SLI boosts framerates, in X2: The Threat, the numbers are in line with what we would expect.

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Contents of Article: ABIT AN8 32x
 Pg 1.  ABIT AN8-32X nForce4 SLI x16 Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  ABIT AN8-32X and Onboard RAID
 Pg 3.  nForce4 SLI x16 Chipset and Cooling
 Pg 4.  Overclocking Tests, Trials, Triumph?
 Pg 5.  Inside the AN8-32x's BIOS
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: SYSMark 2004
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: Winstone 2004, Sandra 2005
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: SuperPi, PCMark 05
 Pg 9.  — Benchmarks: 3DMark05, X2 The Threat
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: UT2004, Doom 3
 Pg 11.  Final Word on the ABIT AN8 32X

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