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ECS RS480-M Crossfire Xpress 200 K8 Motherboard Review

ECS RS480-M Crossfire Xpress 200 K8 Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The ECS RS480-M is based on the ATi CrossFire Xpress 200 chipset, so you know that the onboard video will be a class above the alternatives.
 77% Rating:   
Filed under: Motherboards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: ECS Jun 28 2006   Colin Sun  
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Benchmarks: 3DMark06, FarCry, X3: Reunion

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 KA1-MVP Extreme (Rxpress 1600 200/400) 3776
ABIT AN8 32X (NF4 SLI x16 200/400) 3885
ECS RS480-M (RS480 200/400 CrossFire Xpress 200) 137
ECS RS480-M (RS480 200/400 GeForce 7800GTX) 3756
CPU: Points Ranking
ECS KA1-MVP Extreme (Rxpress 1600 200/400) 912
ABIT AN8 32X (NF4 SLI x16 200/400) 946
ECS RS480-M (RS480 200/400 CrossFire Xpress 200) 913
ECS RS480-M (RS480 200/400 GeForce 7800GTX) 935

It was surprising to see that 3DMark06 would even run with the integrated ATI CrossFire Xpress 200 videocard! When a GeForce 7800GTX is plugged in, performance is up to par with the faster systems.

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 KA1-MVP Extreme (Rxpress 1600 200/400) 95.14
ABIT AN8 32X (NF4 SLI x16 200/400) 97.55
ECS RS480-M (RS480 200/400 CrossFire Xpress 200) 34.18
ECS RS480-M (RS480 200/400 GeForce 7800GTX) 93.46

FarCry numbers are decent when using a videocard like the GeForce 7800GTX. The ECS RS480-M motherboard really comes into its own with a standalone PCI Express videocard. Results with the ATI CrossFire Xpress 200 videocard are about 34FPS, 1/3 of the average platform score in Farcry.

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 KA1-MVP Extreme (Rxpress 1600 200/400) 66.21
ABIT AN8 32X (NF4 SLI x16 200/400) 66.013
ECS RS480-M (RS480 200/400 CrossFire Xpress 200) 0
ECS RS480-M (RS480 200/400 GeForce 7800GTX) 63.415

X3: Reunion would not run with the onboard ATI CrossFire Xpress 200 videocard. When relying on the PCI Express GeForce 7800GTX videocard performance is at par with the reference systems.

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Contents of Article: ECS RS480-M
 Pg 1.  ECS RS480-M Crossfire Xpress 200 K8 Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  RS480-M Motherboard Highlights
 Pg 3.  Radeon Xpress 200 Overclocking
 Pg 4.  Prelude to Benchmarks, SYSmark 2004
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: Office Productivity, SiSoft Sandra, Super Pi
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: PCMark05, 3DMark05
 Pg 7.  — Benchmarks: 3DMark06, FarCry, X3: Reunion
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: UT2004, Doom 3, Quake 4
 Pg 9.  Worthwhile Budget Motherboard?

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