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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: UT2004, Doom 3, Quake 4

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 FPS Ranking
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 124.28
MSI RS480M2-IL (RS480 200/400) 104.71
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
ECS RS480-M (RS480 200/400 CrossFire Xpress 200) 52.37
ECS RS480-M (RS480 200/400 GeForce 7800GTX) 106.58
as-convoy FPS Ranking
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 84.55
MSI RS480M2-IL (RS480 200/400) 67.68
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
ECS RS480-M (RS480 200/400 CrossFire Xpress 200) 34.85
ECS RS480-M (RS480 200/400 GeForce 7800GTX) 73.35
ctf-bridgeoffate FPS Ranking
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 172.37
MSI RS480M2-IL (RS480 200/400) 142.59
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
ECS RS480-M (RS480 200/400 CrossFire Xpress 200) 69.43
ECS RS480-M (RS480 200/400 GeForce 7800GTX) 153.86

The ECS RS480-M motherboard performs well in UT2004. The ATI CrossFire Xpress 200 onboard videocard even provides decent framerates at lower resolutions.

Doom 3 Source: id Software

Doom 3 takes advantage of the latest videocard technology and pushes the processing power of the CPU to its absolute limit. At its highest setting, Ultra quality, texture sizes pass the 500MB mark which means even tomorrow's videocards will have a hard time running everything. The frame rates in the game itself are locked at 60 fps so anything above that point is wasted. Each test is run three times with the third run being recorded.

Doom3
LQ 640x480: FPS Ranking
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 125.7
MSI RS480M2-IL (RS480 200/400) 110.4
ECS KA1-MVP Extreme (Rxpress 1600 200/400) 121.3
Chaintech Zenith VNF4 Ultra (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 124.7
ABIT AN8 32X (NF4 SLI x16 200/400) 123.9
DFI LANPartyUT NF4 SLI-DR Expert (NF4 SLI 200/400) 127
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4 SLI 200/400) 126.9
ECS RS480-M (RS480 200/400 CrossFire Xpress 200) 14.6
ECS RS480-M (RS480 200/400 GeForce 7800GTX) 118.6

In Doom 3 we see good framerates when a GeForce 7800GTX videocard is installed in the system. The onboard videocard on the other hand is unable to provide much above 14FPS.

Quake 4

Source: id Software

Quake 4 is the latest shooter from ID and is based on the Doom 3 engine. Tweaked to for more eye candy, Quake 4 promises to be tougher on videocards and systems than its predecessor was. Quake 4 also does not have a 60 fps limiter like Doom 3, with the Ultra setting, graphic textures can surpass the 500MB mark! Each test is run three times and with the third run being recorded.

Quake 4
LQ 640x480 FPS Ranking
ECS KA1-MVP Extreme (Rxpress 1600 200/400) 125.6
ABIT AN8 32X (NF4 SLI x16 200/400) 127
ECS RS480-M (RS480 200/400 CrossFire Xpress 200) 23.2
ECS RS480-M (RS480 200/400 GeForce 7800GTX) 122.7

Quake 4 is the final test of the day and the same story we've been seeing with all the gaming benchmarks repeats itself here. The ATI CrossFire Xpress 200 videocard performs considerably better than in past tests, but it is clearly not a gaming GPU. Drop in a GeForce 7800GTX videocard and the ECS RS480-M motherboard can be used as a respectable gaming computer.

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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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