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Gigabyte GA-945PL-S3 945PL Express Motherboard Review

Gigabyte GA-945PL-S3 945PL Express Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The Gigabyte GA-945PL-S3 motherboard is an affordable Intel platform of complementary technologies for consumers on a budget. Best suited to the upcoming Conroe-L Celeron processor.
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Filed under: Motherboards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Gigabyte Nov 30 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
Foxconn 975X7AB-8EKRS2H (975X 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 8015
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 GeForce 7800GTX) 8034
Epox 5P945 Pro (945P 200/667 Core 2 Duo) 8014
Gigabyte GA-945GZME-RH (945GZ 200/533 Core 2 Duo 7800GTX) 7512
Gigabyte GA-945PL-S3 (200/533 Core 2 Duo) 7586
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
Foxconn 975X7AB-8EKRS2H (975X 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 9525
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 GeForce 7800GTX) 9410
Epox 5P945 Pro (945P 200/667 Core 2 Duo) 9111
Gigabyte GA-945GZME-RH (945GZ 200/533 Core 2 Duo 7800GTX) 6143
Gigabyte GA-945PL-S3 (200/533 Core 2 Duo) 6324

3DMark05 overall numbers are not bad but the Gigabyte GA-945PL-S3's CPU score is quite a bit lower than the other Intel Core 2 Duo systems which allow the CPU to operate at its full bus speed.

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
Foxconn 975X7AB-8EKRS2H (975X 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 4496
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 GeForce 7800GTX) 4484
Epox 5P945 Pro (945P 200/667 Core 2 Duo) 4477
Gigabyte GA-945GZME-RH (945GZ 200/533 Core 2 Duo 7800GTX) 4173
Gigabyte GA-945PL-S3 (200/533 Core 2 Duo) 4238
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
Foxconn 975X7AB-8EKRS2H (975X 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 2099
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 GeForce 7800GTX) 2068
Epox 5P945 Pro (945P 200/667 Core 2 Duo) 2076
Gigabyte GA-945GZME-RH (945GZ 200/533 Core 2 Duo 7800GTX) 1782
Gigabyte GA-945PL-S3 (200/533 Core 2 Duo) 1855

3DMark06 numbers are much closer than in 3DMark05. New games would probably follow similar patterns since the videocard is the largest factor. Next up, we'll see what FarCry has to say about all of this.

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Contents of Article: Gigabyte GA-945PL-S3
 Pg 1.  Gigabyte GA-945PL-S3 945PL Express Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Intel 945PL Express and ICH7 Chipsets
 Pg 3.  Gigabyte GA-945PL-S3 Motherboard Highlights Gallery
 Pg 4.  Overclocking a 945PL Board with Conroe
 Pg 5.  Test System Specs and Sysmark 2004 Benchmarks
 Pg 6.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Office Productivity, SiSoft Sandra
 Pg 7.  Motherboard Benchmarks: SuperPi, PCMark05
 Pg 8.  — Motherboard Benchmarks: 3DMark05, 3DMark06
 Pg 9.  Motherboard Benchmarks: FarCry, Doom 3, Quake 4
 Pg 10.  Intel 945PL Express Good for Core 2 Duo?

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