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Gigabyte GA-M59SLI-S5 nForce 590 SLI Motherboard Review

Gigabyte GA-M59SLI-S5 nForce 590 SLI Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Looking at the feature set of nVIDIA's high end nForce 590 SLI chipset is like reading the menu on what a high end workstation system ought to have... except for the uninspiring single IDE channel.
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External Mfg. Website: Gigabyte Sep 25 2006   Max Page  
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Benchmarks: Doom 3, Quake 4

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.

Doom 3:
LQ 640x480: FPS Ranking
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X 200/667) 138.4
ASRock AM2V890-VSTA (K8T890 200/800) 148.4
Biostar TForce 6100 AM2 (GF 6100 200/800) 146.6
Albatron KM51PV-AM2 (GF6150 200/800) 144.5
MSI K9N SLI Platinum (NF 570 SLI 200/800 7800GTX Single) 144.3
MSI K9N SLI Platinum (NF 570 SLI 200/800 7800GTX SLI) 145.3
Foxconn C51XEM2AA (NF 590 SLI 200/800 GeForce 7800GTX Single) 146.7
Foxconn C51XEM2AA (NF 590 SLI 200/800 GeForce 7800GTX SLI 142.6
Asus M2-CROSSHAIR (NF 590 SLI 200/800 7800GTX Single) 141.1
Asus M2-CROSSHAIR (NF 590 SLI 200/800 7800GTX SLI) 145.2
Gigabyte GA-M59SLI-S5 (NF 590 SLI 200/800 7800GTX Single) 146.4
Gigabyte GA-M59SLI-S5 (NF 590 SLI 200/800 7800GTX SLI) 145.5

Doom 3 frame rates are at where they're expected, Gigabyte's GA-M59SLI-S5 has no problems keeping up with the competition here in both non-SLI and SLI configurations. Obviously, SLI has no impact on this game, but still the option is available for other software applications and game titles.

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
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X 200/667) 142.8
ASRock AM2V890-VSTA (K8T890 200/800) 154.4
Biostar TForce 6100 AM2 (GF 6100 200/800) 153.2
Albatron KM51PV-AM2 (GF6150 200/800) 152.9
MSI K9N SLI Platinum (NF 570 SLI 200/800 7800GTX Single) 150.5
MSI K9N SLI Platinum (NF 570 SLI 200/800 7800GTX SLI) 150.1
Foxconn C51XEM2AA (NF 590 SLI 200/800 GeForce 7800GTX Single) 154.8
Foxconn C51XEM2AA (NF 590 SLI 200/800 GeForce 7800GTX SLI 152.2
Asus M2-CROSSHAIR (NF 590 SLI 200/800 7800GTX Single) 146.4
Asus M2-CROSSHAIR (NF 590 SLI 200/800 7800GTX SLI) 145.2
Gigabyte GA-M59SLI-S5 (NF 590 SLI 200/800 7800GTX Single) 152.7
Gigabyte GA-M59SLI-S5 (NF 590 SLI 200/800 7800GTX SLI) 151.4

In the final test of the day, the Gigabyte GA-M59SLI-S5 is able to play Quake 4 with some pretty high frame rates. There's no doubt the Gigabyte board is fast here!

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Contents of Article: Gigabyte GA-M59SLI-S5
 Pg 1.  Gigabyte GA-M59SLI-S5 nForce 590 SLI Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  RoHS and the nForce 590 SLI Chipset
 Pg 3.  Tri-Mode SLI a Reality?
 Pg 4.  Gigabyte GA-M59SLI-G5 Motherboard Highlights Gallery
 Pg 5.  Overclocking the Gigabyte GA-M59SLI-S5
 Pg 6.  Prelude to Benchmarks / Sysmark 2004
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: Office Productivity, SiSoft Sandra, Super Pi
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: PCMark05, 3DMark05
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: 3DMark06, FarCry
 Pg 10.  — Benchmarks: Doom 3, Quake 4
 Pg 11.  Conclusions - A Solid Socket AM2 Board from Gigabyte?

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