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Asus M2R32-MVP CrossFire Xpress 3200 Motherboard Review

Asus M2R32-MVP CrossFire Xpress 3200 Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: With the Xpress 3200, ATI brings its dual videocard Crossfire system to the AMD table, and Intel as well.
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Filed under: Motherboards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: ASUS Oct 24 2006   Max Page  
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Test System Specs / Sysmark 2004

Prelude to Benchmarks

The details of how the Asus M2R32-MVP motherboard test system was configured for benchmarking; the specific hardware, software drivers, operating system and benchmark versions is indicated below. In the second column are the general specs for the reference platforms this ATi 'RD580' CrossFire Xpress 3200 based motherboard is to be compared against. Please take a moment to look over PCSTATS test system configurations before moving on to the individual benchmark results on the next page. The reason why CrossFire technology was not tested was because we simply do not have any CrossFire Master videocards. Seems ATi only sends cards to "ATi friendly" websites...

PCSTATS Test System Configurations
Test System Reference System #1 Reference System #2
Processor: AMD Athlon64 X2 5000+ Intel Pentium D 940
Clock Speed: 13 x 200 MHz = 2.6 GHz

16 x 200 MHz = 3.2 GHz

Socket: Socket AM2 Socket 775
Motherboard: Asus M2R32-MVP (ATi RD580)

ASRock AM2V890-VSTA (VIA K8T890)
Albatron KM51PV-AM2 (GF 6150)
MSI
K9N SLI Platinum (NF 570 SLI)
Epox
MF570 SLI (NF 570 SLI)
Foxconn C51XEM2AA (NF 590 SLI)
Asus M2-CROSSHAIR (NF 590 SLI)
ECS KA3 MVP Extreme (ATI RD580)

MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI)
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X)
Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe (P965)
Videocard: MSI NX7800GTX-VT2D256E
Memory: Corsair Twin2X2048-8500
Hard Drive: 74GB Western Digital Raptor WD740
CDROM: AOpen Combo 52x
PowerSupply: PC Power & Cooling TurboCool 510 SLI
Heatsink: AMD Athlon64 FX-62 Reference

Thermaltake Jungle 512

Software Setup:

Microsoft WindowsXP SP2
VIA 4in1 5.09a
nVIDIA Forceware 91.27

Microsoft WindowsXP SP2
nVIDIA Forceware 9.35
nVIDIA Forceware 91.27

Microsoft WindowsXP SP2
Intel INF 7.22
nVIDIA Forceware 91.27

Benchmarks:

SYSMark 2004
Business Winstone 2004
Content Creation 2004
Super Pi
SiSoft Sandra 2005
PCMark05
3DMark05
3DMark06
FarCry
Doom 3

Quake 4

SYSmark2004 Source: Bapco

SYSmark 2004 is BAPCo's latest revision of the mainstream office productivity and Internet content creation benchmark used to characterize the performance of the business client. It is based on a foundation of extensive research into emerging usage models and computing trends and incorporates the latest benchmarking methodologies to evaluate platform technologies. SYSmark 2004 contains scientifically designed workloads that represent the range of activities that an office productivity or Internet content creation work may encounter. In addition to extensive validation across multiple platforms, users can be sure of a consistent and reliable performance comparison.

SYSmark2004
Internet Overall: Points Ranking
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/800) 283
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X 200/667) 287
Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe (P965 200/800) 290
ASRock AM2V890-VSTA (K8T890 200/800) 363
Albatron KM51PV-AM2 (GF6150 200/800) 359
MSI K9N SLI Platinum (NF 570 SLI 200/800) 363
Epox MF570 SLI (NF 570 SLI 200/800) 355
Foxconn C51XEM2AA (NF 590 SLI 200/800) 358
Asus M2-CROSSHAIR (NF 590 SLI 200/800) 359
ECS KA3 MVP Extreme (CF3200 200/800) 362
Asus M2R32-MVP (CF3200 200/800) 357
3D Creation: Points Ranking
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/800) 246
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X 200/667) 257
Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe (P965 200/800) 255
ASRock AM2V890-VSTA (K8T890 200/800) 315
Albatron KM51PV-AM2 (GF6150 200/800) 314
MSI K9N SLI Platinum (NF 570 SLI 200/800) 319
Epox MF570 SLI (NF 570 SLI 200/800) 303
Foxconn C51XEM2AA (NF 590 SLI 200/800) 313
Asus M2-CROSSHAIR (NF 590 SLI 200/800) 316
ECS KA3 MVP Extreme (CF3200 200/800) 315
Asus M2R32-MVP (CF3200 200/800) 313
2D Creation: Points Ranking
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/800) 339
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X 200/667) 348
Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe (P965 200/800) 340
ASRock AM2V890-VSTA (K8T890 200/800) 425
Albatron KM51PV-AM2 (GF6150 200/800) 434
MSI K9N SLI Platinum (NF 570 SLI 200/800) 439
Epox MF570 SLI (NF 570 SLI 200/800) 432
Foxconn C51XEM2AA (NF 590 SLI 200/800) 432
Asus M2-CROSSHAIR (NF 590 SLI 200/800) 433
ECS KA3 MVP Extreme (CF3200 200/800) 438
Asus M2R32-MVP (CF3200 200/800) 432
Web Publication Points Ranking
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/800) 273
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X 200/667) 265
Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe (P965 200/800) 273
ASRock AM2V890-VSTA (K8T890 200/800) 336
Albatron KM51PV-AM2 (GF6150 200/800) 339
MSI K9N SLI Platinum (NF 570 SLI 200/800) 341
Epox MF570 SLI (NF 570 SLI 200/800) 335
Foxconn C51XEM2AA (NF 590 SLI 200/800) 339
Asus M2-CROSSHAIR (NF 590 SLI 200/800) 338
ECS KA3 MVP Extreme (CF3200 200/800) 340
Asus M2R32-MVP (CF3200 200/800) 337
Office Overall: Points Ranking
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/800) 212
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X 200/667) 207
Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe (P965 200/800) 218
ASRock AM2V890-VSTA (K8T890 200/800) 255
Albatron KM51PV-AM2 (GF6150 200/800) 238
MSI K9N SLI Platinum (NF 570 SLI 200/800) 235
Epox MF570 SLI (NF 570 SLI 200/800) 235
Foxconn C51XEM2AA (NF 590 SLI 200/800) 236
Asus M2-CROSSHAIR (NF 590 SLI 200/800) 235
ECS KA3 MVP Extreme (CF3200 200/800) 233
Asus M2R32-MVP (CF3200 200/800) 219
Communication: Points Ranking
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/800) 216
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X 200/667) 189
Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe (P965 200/800) 223
ASRock AM2V890-VSTA (K8T890 200/800) 258
Albatron KM51PV-AM2 (GF6150 200/800) 247
MSI K9N SLI Platinum (NF 570 SLI 200/800) 247
Epox MF570 SLI (NF 570 SLI 200/800) 243
Foxconn C51XEM2AA (NF 590 SLI 200/800) 247
Asus M2-CROSSHAIR (NF 590 SLI 200/800) 244
ECS KA3 MVP Extreme (CF3200 200/800) 242
Asus M2R32-MVP (CF3200 200/800) 234
Document Creation: Points Ranking
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/800) 219
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X 200/667) 223
Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe (P965 200/800) 217
ASRock AM2V890-VSTA (K8T890 200/800) 282
Albatron KM51PV-AM2 (GF6150 200/800) 258
MSI K9N SLI Platinum (NF 570 SLI 200/800) 258
Epox MF570 SLI (NF 570 SLI 200/800) 260
Foxconn C51XEM2AA (NF 590 SLI 200/800) 257
Asus M2-CROSSHAIR (NF 590 SLI 200/800) 257
ECS KA3 MVP Extreme (CF3200 200/800) 255
Asus M2R32-MVP (CF3200 200/800) 219
Data Analysis: Points Ranking
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/800) 201
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X 200/667) 209
Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe (P965 200/800) 205
ASRock AM2V890-VSTA (K8T890 200/800) 215
Albatron KM51PV-AM2 (GF6150 200/800) 214
MSI K9N SLI Platinum (NF 570 SLI 200/800) 204
Epox MF570 SLI (NF 570 SLI 200/800) 205
Foxconn C51XEM2AA (NF 590 SLI 200/800) 207
Asus M2-CROSSHAIR (NF 590 SLI 200/800) 206
ECS KA3 MVP Extreme (CF3200 200/800) 208
Asus M2R32-MVP (CF3200 200/800) 206

SYSMark 2004 results are certainly interesting.... the Asus M2R32-MVP does well in the Internet tests but for some reason the Office style tasks are a bit on the slow side (especially in Document Creation). Let's see what the rest of the content creation benchmarks have to say.

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Contents of Article: ASUS M2R32-MVP
 Pg 1.  Asus M2R32-MVP CrossFire Xpress 3200 Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  ATi CrossFire Xpress 3200
 Pg 3.  Asus M2R32-MVP Motherboard Highlights
 Pg 4.  Overclocking with the M2R32-MVP Motherboard!
 Pg 5.  — Test System Specs / Sysmark 2004
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: Office Productivity, SiSoft Sandra
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: SuperPi, PCMark05
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: 3DMark05, 3DMark06
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: FarCry, Doom 3, Quake 4
 Pg 10.  Xpress 3200 for Office or Gaming?

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