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Gigabyte GA-8I945GZME-RH 945GZ Express Motherboard Review

Gigabyte GA-8I945GZME-RH 945GZ Express Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Compact microATX boards don't traditionally come with a lot of peripheral expansion slots, but the Gigabyte GA-8I945GZME-RH is pretty good on this front.
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External Mfg. Website: Gigabyte Nov 13 2006   Max Page  
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Motherboard Benchmarks: 3DMark05, 3DMark06

Futuremark 3DMark05 1.2.0 Source: FutureMark

3DMark05 is best suited for the latest generation of DirectX9.0 graphics cards. It is the first benchmark to require a DirectX9.0 compliant hardware with support for Pixel Shaders 2.0 or higher! By combining high quality 3D tests, CPU tests, feature tests, image quality tools, and much more, 3DMark05 is a premium benchmark for evaluating the latest generation of gaming hardware.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportFuturemark 3DMark05 1.2.0
Overall: Points Ranking
ASRock AM2V890-VSTA (K8T890 200/800 A64 5000+) 7896
Albatron KM51PV-AM2 (GF6150 200/800 A64 5000+) 7908
MSI K9N SLI Platinum (NF 570 SLI 200/800 A64 5000+) 7866
Asus M2-CROSSHAIR (NF 590 SLI 200/800 A64 5000+) 7859
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X 200/667 PD 840) 7408
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/800 PD 840) 7866
Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe (P965 200/800 PD 840) 7661
Asus P5B (P965 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 8045
Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe (P965 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 8021
Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 (P965 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 8046
Foxconn P9657AA-8KS2H (P965 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 8034
Gigabyte GA-945GM-S2 (945G 200/667 Core 2 Duo Onboard Video) 752
Gigabyte GA-945GM-S2 (945G 200/667 Core 2 Duo GeForce 7800GTX) 8034
Epox 5P945 Pro (945P 200/667 Core 2 Duo) 8014
Foxconn 975X7AB-8EKRS2H (975X 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 8015
Gigabyte GA-945GZME-RH (945GZ 133/533 Core 2 Duo Onboard Video) 356
Gigabyte GA-945GZME-RH (945GZ 200/533 Core 2 Duo Onboard Video) 522
Gigabyte GA-945GZME-RH (945GZ 200/533 Core 2 Duo 7800GTX) 7512
CPU: Points Ranking
ASRock AM2V890-VSTA (K8T890 200/800 A64 5000+) 6621
Albatron KM51PV-AM2 (GF6150 200/800 A64 5000+) 6718
MSI K9N SLI Platinum (NF 570 SLI 200/800 A64 5000+) 6513
Asus M2-CROSSHAIR (NF 590 SLI 200/800 A64 5000+) 6876
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X 200/667 PD 840) 5904
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/800 PD 840) 6513
Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe (P965 200/800 PD 840) 6508
Asus P5B (P965 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 9727
Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe (P965 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 9499
Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 (P965 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 9844
Foxconn P9657AA-8KS2H (P965 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 9726
Gigabyte GA-945GM-S2 (945G 200/667 Core 2 Duo Onboard Video) 5853
Gigabyte GA-945GM-S2 (945G 200/667 Core 2 Duo GeForce 7800GTX) 9410
Epox 5P945 Pro (945P 200/667 Core 2 Duo) 9111
Foxconn 975X7AB-8EKRS2H (975X 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 9525
Gigabyte GA-945GZME-RH (945GZ 133/533 Core 2 Duo Onboard Video) 3846
Gigabyte GA-945GZME-RH (945GZ 200/533 Core 2 Duo Onboard Video) 4563
Gigabyte GA-945GZME-RH (945GZ 200/533 Core 2 Duo 7800GTX) 6143

The onboard Intel GMA950 videocard can run 3DMark05, albeit very, very slowly. Slapping a GeForce 7800GTX PCI Express x16 videocard into the system brings 3D performance up drastically, even though it is running in PCI Express x4 mode. The onboard Intel GMA950 videocard simply doesn't have the power to run 3D games.

Futuremark 3DMark06 1.0.2 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.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportFuturemark 3DMark06 1.0.2
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
Asus P5B (P965 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 4463
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
Epox 5P945 Pro (945P 200/667 Core 2 Duo) 4477
Foxconn 975X7AB-8EKRS2H (975X 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 4496
Gigabyte GA-945GZME-RH (945GZ 133/533 Core 2 Duo Onboard Video) 163
Gigabyte GA-945GZME-RH (945GZ 200/533 Core 2 Duo Onboard Video) 185
Gigabyte GA-945GZME-RH (945GZ 200/533 Core 2 Duo 7800GTX) 4173
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
Asus P5B (P965 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 2017
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
Epox 5P945 Pro (945P 200/667 Core 2 Duo) 2076
Foxconn 975X7AB-8EKRS2H (975X 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 2099
Gigabyte GA-945GZME-RH (945GZ 133/533 Core 2 Duo Onboard Video) 1315
Gigabyte GA-945GZME-RH (945GZ 200/533 Core 2 Duo Onboard Video) 1842
Gigabyte GA-945GZME-RH (945GZ 200/533 Core 2 Duo 7800GTX) 1782

We see similar results in 3DMark06, 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 videocard the Gigabyte GA-8I945GZME-RH handles the 3D game tests at levels which closer to par with the other platforms. Curiously the PCI Express x4 mode limit appears to have a minimum of effect on the videocard's benchmark performance.

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Contents of Article: Gigabyte GA-8I945GZME-RH
 Pg 1.  Gigabyte GA-8I945GZME-RH 945GZ Express Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Intel 945GZ Express and ICH7 Chipsets
 Pg 3.  High Definition Content Playback: System Load Test
 Pg 4.  Gigabyte GA-8I945GZME-RH Motherboard Highlights Gallery
 Pg 5.  Overclocking the Gigabyte GA-8I945GZME-RH Motherboard
 Pg 6.  Test System Specs and Benchmarks
 Pg 7.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Bapco Sysmark 2004
 Pg 8.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Office Productivity, SiSoft Sandra
 Pg 9.  Motherboard Benchmarks: SuperPi, PCMark05
 Pg 10.  — Motherboard Benchmarks: 3DMark05, 3DMark06
 Pg 11.  Motherboard Benchmarks: FarCry, Doom 3, Quake 4
 Pg 12.  How Does 945GZ Express Handle Core 2 Duo?

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