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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: PCMark05, 3DMark05

Futuremark PCMark05 Source: FutureMark

PCMark05 is a premium tool for measuring both normal home use and simple 3D performance of the latest PC hardware. There are 11 system tests - each one is designed to represent a certain type of PC usage. By running these tests, PCMark05 stresses the components in a similar manner as they are stressed in normal home usage.

PCMark05:
Overall Points Ranking
Foxconn 955X7AA-8EKRS2 (955X 200/667) 5662
Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2 (945P 200/667) 6094
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/800) 6171
Epox 5NVA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/800) 6136
Foxconn NF4SLI7AA-8EKRS2 (NF4 SLI 200/800) 6112
ECS C19-A SLI (NF4 SLI XE 200/800) 6144
ECS 945G-M3 (945G 200/667) 5838
CPU Points Ranking
Foxconn 955X7AA-8EKRS2 (955X 200/667) 5253
Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2 (945P 200/667) 5294
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/800) 5287
Epox 5NVA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/800) 5252
Foxconn NF4SLI7AA-8EKRS2 (NF4 SLI 200/800) 5287
ECS C19-A SLI (NF4 SLI XE 200/800) 5304
ECS 945G-M3 (945G 200/667) 5272
Memory Points Ranking
Foxconn 955X7AA-8EKRS2 (955X 200/667) 4151
Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2 (945P 200/667) 4088
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/800) 4148
Epox 5NVA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/800) 4151
Foxconn NF4SLI7AA-8EKRS2 (NF4 SLI 200/800) 4173
ECS C19-A SLI (NF4 SLI XE 200/800) 4163
ECS 945G-M3 (945G 200/667) 3525
HDD Points Ranking
Foxconn 955X7AA-8EKRS2 (955X 200/667) 6410
Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2 (945P 200/667) 6458
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/800) 6927
Epox 5NVA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/800) 6989
Foxconn NF4SLI7AA-8EKRS2 (NF4 SLI 200/800) 6839
ECS C19-A SLI (NF4 SLI XE 200/800) 6946
ECS 945G-M3 (945G 200/667) 6371

PCMark05 is more of an overall system benchmark, and in this case the ECS 945G-M3 is a bit slower than the other motherboards. Not surprising, as the onboard videocard eats up a bit of memory bandwidth. Please note that the past few office-based benchmarks are being run on the integrated Intel GAM950 videocard as it has no impact in the 2D graphics environment. When the tables turn to 3D games, the situation changes drastically...

Futuremark 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
Foxconn 955X7AA-8EKRS2 (955X 200/667) 7207
Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2 (945P 200/667) 7126
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/800) 7200
Epox 5NVA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/800) 7237
Foxconn NF4SLI7AA-8EKRS2 (NF4 SLI 200/800) 7213
ECS C19-A SLI (NF4 SLI XE 200/800) 7232
ECS 945G-M3 (945G 200/667 GMA950) 479
ECS 945G-M3 (945G 200/667 7800GTX) 7213
CPU: Points Ranking
Foxconn 955X7AA-8EKRS2 (955X 200/667) 6397
Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2 (945P 200/667) 6201
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/800) 6485
Epox 5NVA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/800) 6001
Foxconn NF4SLI7AA-8EKRS2 (NF4 SLI 200/800) 5646
ECS C19-A SLI (NF4 SLI XE 200/800) 5722
ECS 945G-M3 (945G 200/667 GMA950) 3732
ECS 945G-M3 (945G 200/667 7800GTX) 5893

The onboard Intel GMA 950 is not a powerful 3D videocard (2D office-type work is a breeze) and we were a little surprised to see it loaded 3DMark05 actually... When a stand along GeForce 7800GTX is installed in the PCI Express x16 slot, the ECS 945G-M3 motherboard is just as fast as the competition.

I wonder if the same will hold true for 3DMark06?

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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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