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Biostar P4M890-M7 VIA P4M890 Core 2 Duo Motherboard Review

Biostar P4M890-M7 VIA P4M890 Core 2 Duo Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: When it comes to the essentials, this board offers exactly what you need to build a simple working computer.
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External Mfg. Website: Biostar Dec 28 2006   Max Page  
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Motherboard Benchmarks: FarCry, Doom 3, Quake 4

CryTek FarCry 1.33 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.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportCryTek FarCry 1.33
Regulator LQ 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
Asus P5N32-SLI Premium (NF 590 SLI 200/800 Core 2 Duo GeForce 7800GTX Single) 258.65
Asus P5N32-SLI Premium (NF 590 SLI 200/800 Core 2 Duo GeForce 7800GTX SLI) 245.21
Foxconn 975X7AB-8EKRS2H (975X 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 243.21
MSI 975X Platinum (975X 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 242.41
Asus P5B (P965 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 232.49
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
MSI P965 Platinum (P965 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 238.41
Gigabyte GA-945GM-S2 (945G 200/667 Core 2 Duo GMA950 Onboard Video) 30.93
Gigabyte GA-945GM-S2 (945G 200/667 Core 2 Duo GeForce 7800GTX) 219.83
Biostar P4M890-M7 (P4M890 200/533 Core 2 Duo GeForce 7800GTX) 198.58

The Biostar P4M890-M7 motherboard performs well considering it's only using a single channel memory controller. It's still faster than the Intel Pentium D 840 and AMD Athlon64 X2 5000+ systems.

ID Software Doom 3 1.3 Source: id Software

Doom 3 takes advantage of the latest videocard technology and pushes the processing power of the CPU to its absolute limit. At its highest setting, Ultra quality, texture sizes pass the 500MB mark which means even tomorrow's videocards will have a hard time running everything. The frame rates in the game itself are locked at 60 fps so anything above that point is wasted. Each test is run three times with the third run being recorded.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportID Software Doom 3 1.3
LQ 640x480: FPS Ranking
ASRock AM2V890-VSTA (K8T890 200/800 A64 5000+) 148.4
Albatron KM51PV-AM2 (GF6150 200/800 A64 5000+) 144.5
MSI K9N SLI Platinum (NF 570 SLI 200/800 A64 5000+) 144.3
Asus M2-CROSSHAIR (NF 590 SLI 200/800 A64 5000+) 141.1
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X 200/667 PD 840) 104.3
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/800 PD 840) 144.3
Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe (P965 200/800 PD 840) 96.6
Asus P5N32-SLI Premium (NF 590 SLI 200/800 Core 2 Duo GeForce 7800GTX Single) 206.7
Asus P5N32-SLI Premium (NF 590 SLI 200/800 Core 2 Duo GeForce 7800GTX SLI) 203.5
Foxconn 975X7AB-8EKRS2H (975X 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 206.3
MSI 975X Platinum (975X 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 205.9
Asus P5B (P965 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 194.5
Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe (P965 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 205.7
Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 (P965 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 206.7
Foxconn P9657AA-8KS2H (P965 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 205.8
MSI P965 Platinum (P965 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 205.3
Gigabyte GA-945GM-S2 (945G 200/667 Core 2 Duo GMA950 Onboard Video) 18.7
Gigabyte GA-945GM-S2 (945G 200/667 Core 2 Duo GeForce 7800GTX) 193
Biostar P4M890-M7 (P4M890 200/533 Core 2 Duo GeForce 7800GTX) 176.2

It's the slowest Intel Core 2 Duo motherboard we've tested, but the Biostar P4M890-M7 does impress! The lack of memory bandwidth does not hamper the system too much in the 3D tests, it's even a decent alternative for those of you who are looking to build a low cost gaming system.

ID Software Quake 4 1.3

Source: id Software

Quake 4 is the latest shooter from ID and is based on the Doom 3 engine. Tweaked to for more eye candy, Quake 4 promises to be tougher on videocards and systems than its predecessor was. Quake 4 also does not have a 60 fps limiter like Doom 3, with the Ultra setting, graphic textures

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportID Software Quake 4 1.3
LQ 640x480: FPS Ranking
ASRock AM2V890-VSTA (K8T890 200/800 A64 5000+) 154.4
Albatron KM51PV-AM2 (GF6150 200/800 A64 5000+) 152.9
MSI K9N SLI Platinum (NF 570 SLI 200/800 A64 5000+) 150.5
Asus M2-CROSSHAIR (NF 590 SLI 200/800 A64 5000+) 146.4
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X 200/667 PD 840) 127.3
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/800 PD 840) 150.5
Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe (P965 200/800 PD 840) 113.8
Asus P5N32-SLI Premium (NF 590 SLI 200/800 Core 2 Duo GeForce 7800GTX Single) 203.5
Asus P5N32-SLI Premium (NF 590 SLI 200/800 Core 2 Duo GeForce 7800GTX SLI) 198.7
Foxconn 975X7AB-8EKRS2H (975X 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 202.5
MSI 975X Platinum (975X 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 202.8
Asus P5B (P965 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 191.4
Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe (P965 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 202.8
Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 (P965 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 202.6
Foxconn P9657AA-8KS2H (P965 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 202.4
MSI P965 Platinum (P965 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 202.1
Gigabyte GA-945GM-S2 (945G 200/667 Core 2 Duo GMA950 Onboard Video) 34.1
Gigabyte GA-945GM-S2 (945G 200/667 Core 2 Duo GeForce 7800GTX) 192.7
Biostar P4M890-M7 (P4M890 200/533 Core 2 Duo GeForce 7800GTX) 183.5

Quake 4 numbers from the Biostar P4M890-M7 are pretty good again the lack of memory bandwidth does not play as large a role as we thought it would.

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Contents of Article: Biostar P4M890-M7
 Pg 1.  Biostar P4M890-M7 VIA P4M890 Core 2 Duo Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  VIA P4M890 and VT8237R+ Chipsets
 Pg 3.  Biostar P4M890-M7 Motherboard Highlights
 Pg 4.  Overclocking the tiny Biostar motherboard
 Pg 5.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Sysmark 2004
 Pg 6.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PC WorldBench 5.0
 Pg 7.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Office Productivity, SiSoft Sandra
 Pg 8.  Motherboard Benchmarks: SuperPi, PCMark05
 Pg 9.  Motherboard Benchmarks: 3DMark05, 3DMark06
 Pg 10.  — Motherboard Benchmarks: FarCry, Doom 3, Quake 4
 Pg 11.  Workstation Magic, Low End Surprise

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