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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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External Mfg. Website: Gigabyte Oct 02 2006   Max Page  
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High Definition Content Playback: System Load Test

High definition content is on the verge of mass release and you might as well find out if the new parts are up to snuff so to say. With both Intel and AMD pushing the idea of the 'digital home' like no tomorrow, it's time to find out whether the systems of today, like the Gigabyte GA-945GM-S2 motherboard, are ready for the high definition content of tomorrow.

Intel is following ATi and nVIDIA's lead when it comes to integrating high definition video accelerators onto its graphics chipsets, but at least it is making an effort. These accelerators dramatically reduce CPU usage when high definition content is being played, and enable the computer to do other tasks. From Up and Down Scaling of video content to High Definition Content Decode, Intel's "Stunning Video Playback" suite of technologies looks like it may rival ATi's 'AVIVO' and nVIDIA's 'PureVideo' in terms of high definition content accleration.

CPU Load with Intel's 'Stunning Video Playback'

To test the high definition video playing capabilities on the Gigabyte GA-945GM-S2 motherboard and its Intel 945G chipset we'll playback a video downloaded from Microsoft's WMV HD Content Showcase through Windows Media Player 10. "The Discoverers" (IMAX) video is available in both 720P and 1080P formats. The Core 2 Duo E6600 processor utilization during playback will be monitored via Task Manager.

It's interesting to see how well the Gigabyte GA-945GM-S2 motherboard handles high definition playback with its 945G chipset. CPU usage hovers between 18-24%. There is plenty of CPU power to go around and you can run many different things in the background.

When playing the 1080P version of the Discoverers video, CPU usage stays in the same ballpark as the previous resolution test indicated. CPU loads spiked at 28%, but in general the processor utilization stayed between 18-24% throughout the short clip. It's certainly interesting to see how far computer systems have come; a Socket 939 Athlon64 4000+ with no acceleration would run this same test at close to 80% CPU load!

Next up, we take a tour of the Gigabyte GA-945GM-S2 motherboard's highlights.

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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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