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ECS 945G-M3 Motherboard Review

ECS 945G-M3 Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The brand spanking new ECS 945G-M3 motherboard is one of the first generation Intel VIIV compatible boards to be touted as such.
 77% Rating:   
Filed under: Motherboards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: ECS Apr 12 2006   Colin Sun  
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Benchmarks: Office Productivity, SiSoft Sandra, Super Pi

Office Productivity Source: Zdnet

Business Winstone 2004 runs real applications through a series of scripted activities and uses the time a PC takes to complete these activities to produce its performance scores.

Content Creation Winstone 2004 is a system-level, application-based benchmark that measures a PC's overall performance when running top, Windows-based, 32-bit, content creation applications in Windows XP.

Office Productivity
Business Winstone 2004: Points Ranking
Foxconn 955X7AA-8EKRS2 (955X 200/667) 25.2
Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2 (945P 200/667) 26.5
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/800) 26.1
Epox 5NVA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/800) 26.3
Foxconn NF4SLI7AA-8EKRS2 (NF4 SLI 200/800) 26.2
ECS C19-A SLI (NF4 SLI XE 200/800) 25.9
ECS 945G-M3 (945G 200/667) 24.7
Content Creation 2004: Points Ranking
Foxconn 955X7AA-8EKRS2 (955X 200/667) 32.6
Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2 (945P 200/667) 33.3
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/800) 33
Epox 5NVA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/800) 32.8
Foxconn NF4SLI7AA-8EKRS2 (NF4 SLI 200/800) 33.4
ECS C19-A SLI (NF4 SLI XE 200/800) 33.1
ECS 945G-M3 (945G 200/667) 33.2

The office productivity numbers in Business Winstone and Content Creation are very good,the ECS 945G-M3 motherboard performs as well as the rest. The ECS 945G-M3 is the perfect little workstation motherboard judging by these two benchmarks.

SiSoft Sandra 2005 Source: Sandra

Sandra is designed to test the theoretical power of a complete system as well as the individual components. The results are also purely theoretical and may not represent real world performance.

Sisoft Sandra 2005 Benchmark Results
Multimedia Benchmark CPU Benchmark Memory Benchmark
Motherboard Integer SSE2: Floating-Point SSE2: Dhrystone SSE2: Whetstone SSE2: Integer SSE2: Float SSE2:
Foxconn 955X7AA-8EKRS2 (955X 200/533) 36082 42781 17356 4594 FPU / 7923 SSE2 5103 5106
Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2 (945P 200/533) 35865 42555 17272 4582 FPU / 7880 SSE2 5036 5040
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/667) 36212 43446

17366

4602 FPU / 7944 SSE2 5040 5010
Epox 5NVA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/667) 35981 42592 17318 4586 FPU / 7891 SSE2 5076 5071
Foxconn NF4SLI7AA-8EKRS2 (NF4 SLI 200/800) 35890 42591 17286 4580 FPU / 7884 SSE2 5087 5071
ECS C19-A SLI (NF4 SLI XE 200/800) 35921 42626 17342 4581 FPU / 7895 SSE2 5072

5066

ECS 945G-M3 (945G 200/667) 35858 42550 17276 5692 FPU / 7881 SSE2 4919 3234

Units:

it/s it/s MIPS MFLOPS MB/s MB/s

Overall the numbers from the ECS 945G-M3 are very good, memory bandwidth is a bit lower than expected on the FPU side of things, which is odd. The test was rerun a few times with the same results.

Super Pi Source: SuperPI

SuperPI calculates the number PI to 1 Million digits in this raw number crunching benchmark. The program allows the user to change the number of digits of PI that can be calculated from 16 thousand to 32 million. Our benchmark is set to 1 Million digits and 19 iterations.

SuperPi
1 Million Digits: Seconds Ranking
Foxconn 955X7AA-8EKRS2 (955X 200/667) 39
Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2 (945P 200/667) 41
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/800) 39
Epox 5NVA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/800) 41
Foxconn NF4SLI7AA-8EKRS2 (NF4 SLI 200/800) 41
ECS C19-A SLI (NF4 SLI XE 200/800) 41
ECS 945G-M3 (945G 200/667) 41

The lower memory bandwidth does not affect Super Pi results at all. The ECS and Pentium D 840 combo completes Super Pi in 41 seconds; on par for an Intel motherboard.

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Contents of Article: ECS 945G-M3
 Pg 1.  ECS 945G-M3 Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  BIOS and Overclocking Options
 Pg 3.  Benchmarks: SYSMark 2004
 Pg 4.  — Benchmarks: Office Productivity, SiSoft Sandra, Super Pi
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: PCMark05, 3DMark05
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: 3DMark06, FarCry, X3 Reunion, UT2004
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: Doom 3, Quake 4

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