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Epox 9U1697 GLI ULi M1697 Motherboard Review

Epox 9U1697 GLI ULi M1697 Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The Epox 9U1697 GLI motherboard that's passing through the PCSTATS test labs today is based on ULi's last chipset the M1697, which is no sleeper.
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Filed under: Motherboards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: EPox Jun 26 2006   Colin Sun  
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Benchmarks: 3DMark06, FarCry, X3: Reunion, UT2004

3DMark06 Source: FutureMark

3DMark06 is the worldwide standard in advanced 3D game performance benchmarking. A fundamental tool for every company in the PC industry as well as PC users and gamers, 3DMark06 uses advanced real-time 3D game workloads to measure PC performance using a suite of DirectX 9 3D graphics tests, CPU tests, and 3D feature tests. 3DMark06 tests include all new HDR/SM3.0 graphics tests, SM2.0 graphics tests, AI and physics driven single and multiple cores or processor CPU tests and a collection of comprehensive feature tests to reliably measure next generation gaming performance today.

3DMark06
Overall: Points Ranking
ECS RS480-M (RS480 200/400) 3756
ECS KA1-MVP Extreme (Rxpress 1600 200/400) 3776
ABIT AN8 32X (NF4 SLI x16 200/400) 3885
Epox 9U1697 GLI (M1697 200/400) 3823
CPU: Points Ranking
ECS RS480-M (RS480 200/400) 935
ECS KA1-MVP Extreme (Rxpress 1600 200/400) 912
ABIT AN8 32X (NF4 SLI x16 200/400) 946
Epox 9U1697 GLI (M1697 200/400) 932

3DMark06 can't seem to tell the difference between the different platforms, and everything performs at around the same speed in this test.

FarCry Source: Ubisoft

Real-time editing, bump mapping, static lights, network system, integrated physics system, shaders, shadows, and a dynamic music system are just some of the state of-the-art features that the CryENGINE offers. The game was set to Ultra quality and the Ubisoft's Regulator demo was run.

FarCry:
Regulator 640x480: FPS Ranking
ECS RS480-M (RS480 200/400) 93.46
ECS KA1-MVP Extreme (Rxpress 1600 200/400) 95.14
ABIT AN8 32X (NF4 SLI x16 200/400) 97.55
Epox 9U1697 GLI (M1697 200/400) 95.24

The Epox 9U1697 GLI motherboard performs pretty close to the ABIT AN8 32X system. That's pretty impressive considering the ABIT motherboard is about twice as expensive!

X3: Reunion

Source: EGOSOFT

Extensive development has gone into the X³ engine, making full use of DirectX 9 technology, to create dramatic visual effects and stunningly realistic starships. Coupled with the massively enhanced A.L. (Artificial Life) system, X³: REUNION will present players with an ever changing, evolving universe; where a players actions really can shape the future of the universe.

X3: Reunion
1024x768: FPS Ranking
ECS RS480-M (RS480 200/400) 63.415
ECS KA1-MVP Extreme (Rxpress 1600 200/400) 66.21
ABIT AN8 32X (NF4 SLI x16 200/400) 66.013
Epox 9U1697 GLI (M1697 200/400) 57.187

The Epox 9U1697 GLI motherboard does not do as well in X3: Reunion, the system comes in last place by almost 9 fps compared to the top end motherboard.

Unreal Tournament 2004

Source: Epic

Unreal Tournament 2004 is the sequel to the highly popular UT2003 and uses the very latest Unreal Engine technology. Unreal Tournament 2004 employs the use of Vertex and Pixel Shaders and it's recommended that you use a DirectX 9 videocard if you plan to play competitively.

UT2004
dm-rankin Points Ranking
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 124.28
ECS RS480-M (RS480 200/400) 106.58
ECS KA1-MVP Extreme (Rxpress 1600 200/400) 115.63
Chaintech Zenith VNF4 Ultra (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 118.89
ABIT AN8 32X (NF4 SLI x16 200/400) 114.35
DFI LANPartyUT NF4 SLI-DR Expert (NF4 SLI 200/400) 120.08
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4 SLI 200/400) 126.81
Epox 9U1697 GLI (M1697 200/400) 108.56
as-convoy Points Ranking
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 84.55
ECS RS480-M (RS480 200/400) 73.35
ECS KA1-MVP Extreme (Rxpress 1600 200/400) 75.44
Chaintech Zenith VNF4 Ultra (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 76.41
ABIT AN8 32X (NF4 SLI x16 200/400) 74.09
DFI LANPartyUT NF4 SLI-DR Expert (NF4 SLI 200/400) 77.22
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4 SLI 200/400) 85.77
Epox 9U1697 GLI (M1697 200/400) 70.86
ctf-bridgeoffate Points Ranking
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 172.37
ECS RS480-M (RS480 200/400) 153.86
ECS KA1-MVP Extreme (Rxpress 1600 200/400) 167.5
Chaintech Zenith VNF4 Ultra (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 164.5
ABIT AN8 32X (NF4 SLI x16 200/400) 163.45
DFI LANPartyUT NF4 SLI-DR Expert (NF4 SLI 200/400) 166.84
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4 SLI 200/400) 176.01
Epox 9U1697 GLI (M1697 200/400) 149.26

The Epox 9U1697 GLI comes in last here in UT2004 as well. Framerates are still pretty nice and high though. I doubt a gamer would notice the difference between this board and say the ABIT AN8 32X, but still the numbers are no equal either. Let's see how the ULI M1697 chipset handles Doom 3 and Quake 4 next...

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Contents of Article: EPox 9U1697 GLI
 Pg 1.  Epox 9U1697 GLI ULi M1697 Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Meet the K8 ULi M1697 Chipset
 Pg 3.  Epox Motherboard Highlights
 Pg 4.  Epox Overclocking
 Pg 5.  Prelude to Benchmarks / SYSMark 2004
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: Office Productivity, SiSoft Sandra, Super Pi
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: PCMark05, 3DMark05
 Pg 8.  — Benchmarks: 3DMark06, FarCry, X3: Reunion, UT2004
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: Doom 3, Quake 4

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