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Gigabyte GA-945GM-S2 945G Express Core 2 Duo Motherboard Review

Gigabyte GA-945GM-S2 945G Express Core 2 Duo Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The Core 2 Duo compatible Intel 945G Express northbridge is ideal for cash-strapped consumers and not so great for AMD... as we'll see with the Gigabyte GA-945GM-S2 motherboard.
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Filed under: Motherboards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Gigabyte Oct 02 2006   Max Page  
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Benchmarks: FutureMark 3DMark06, FarCry

FutureMark 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
ASRock AM2V890-VSTA (K8T890 200/800 A64 5000+) 4442
Albatron KM51PV-AM2 (GF6150 200/800 A64 5000+) 4450
MSI K9N SLI Platinum (NF 570 SLI 200/800 A64 5000+) 4437
Asus M2-CROSSHAIR (NF 590 SLI 200/800 A64 5000+) 4446
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X 200/667 PD 840) 4212
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/800 PD 840) 4437
Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe (P965 200/800 PD 840) 4374
Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe (P965 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 4494
Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 (P965 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 4488
Foxconn P9657AA-8KS2H (P965 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 4462
Gigabyte GA-945GM-S2 (945G 200/667 Core 2 Duo Onboard Video) 202
Gigabyte GA-945GM-S2 (945G 200/667 Core 2 Duo GeForce 7800GTX) 4484
CPU: Points Ranking
ASRock AM2V890-VSTA (K8T890 200/800 A64 5000+) 1960
Albatron KM51PV-AM2 (GF6150 200/800 A64 5000+) 1971
MSI K9N SLI Platinum (NF 570 SLI 200/800 A64 5000+) 1936
Asus M2-CROSSHAIR (NF 590 SLI 200/800 A64 5000+) 1959
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X 200/667 PD 840) 1685
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/800 PD 840) 1936
Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe (P965 200/800 PD 840) 1641
Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe (P965 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 2130
Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 (P965 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 2094
Foxconn P9657AA-8KS2H (P965 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 2110
Gigabyte GA-945GM-S2 (945G 200/667 Core 2 Duo Onboard Video) 2058
Gigabyte GA-945GM-S2 (945G 200/667 Core 2 Duo GeForce 7800GTX) 2068

The Intel GMA950 videocard is entirely unsuitable for gaming. The DirectX 9.0C support is going to be invaluable for Microsoft Vista's upcoming 'Aeroglass' interface however. With a standalone Geforce 7800GTX the Gigabyte GA-945GM-S2 handles the 3D game tests at levels which are on par to the P965 Express based platforms.

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
ASRock AM2V890-VSTA (K8T890 200/800 A64 5000+) 185.2
Albatron KM51PV-AM2 (GF6150 200/800 A64 5000+) 170.27
MSI K9N SLI Platinum (NF 570 SLI 200/800 A64 5000+) 171.25
Asus M2-CROSSHAIR (NF 590 SLI 200/800 A64 5000+) 175.26
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X 200/667 PD 840) 81.43
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/800 PD 840) 171.25
Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe (P965 200/800 PD 840) 84.69
Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe (P965 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 241.05
Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 (P965 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 242.58
Foxconn P9657AA-8KS2H (P965 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 242.31
Gigabyte GA-945GM-S2 (945G 200/667 Core 2 Duo Onboard Video) 30.93
Gigabyte GA-945GM-S2 (945G 200/667 Core 2 Duo GeForce 7800GTX) 219.83

Memory bandwidth affects the FarCry framerates slightly with the standalone videocard installed into the Gigabyte GA-945GM-S2 motherboard. At higher resolutions, it might be enough for gamers to notice a lag. The Intel GMA950 onboard videocard fails this test miserably.

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Contents of Article: Gigabyte GA-945GM-S2
 Pg 1.  Gigabyte GA-945GM-S2 945G Express Core 2 Duo Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Intel 945G Express and ICH7 Chipsets
 Pg 3.  High Definition Content Playback: System Load Test
 Pg 4.  Gigabyte GA-945GM-S2 Motherboard Highlights Gallery
 Pg 5.  Overclocking and Test System Specs
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: Bapco Sysmark 2004
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: Business Winstone 2004
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra, Super PI
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: FutureMark PCMark05
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: FutureMark 3DMark05
 Pg 11.  — Benchmarks: FutureMark 3DMark06, FarCry
 Pg 12.  Benchmarks: Doom 3, Quake 4
 Pg 13.  How Does 945G Express Handle Core 2 Duo?

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