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Foxconn G9657MA-8KS2H G965 Express Motherboard Review

Foxconn G9657MA-8KS2H G965 Express Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The 965 Express series chipsets gives Intel something that it has been lacking for a couple of years; a versatile chipset that offers excellent performance for a low price.
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External Mfg. Website: Foxconn Jan 29 2007   Colin Sun  
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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 P5N32-SLI Premium (NF 590 SLI 200/800 Core 2 Duo GeForce 7800GTX Single) 8104
Asus P5N32-SLI Premium (NF 590 SLI 200/800 Core 2 Duo GeForce 7800GTX SLI) 13092
Foxconn 975X7AB-8EKRS2H (975X 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 8015
MSI 975X Platinum (975X 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 8036
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
MSI P965 Platinum (P965 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 8027
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
Foxconn G9657MA-8KS2H (G965 Express Core 2 Duo Onboard Video Driver 14.21) 862
Foxconn G9657MA-8KS2H (G965 Express Core 2 Duo Onboard Video Driver 14.25) 942
Foxconn G9657MA-8KS2H (G965 Express Core 2 Duo GeForce 7800GTX) 8012
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 P5N32-SLI Premium (NF 590 SLI 200/800 Core 2 Duo GeForce 7800GTX Single) 8618
Asus P5N32-SLI Premium (NF 590 SLI 200/800 Core 2 Duo GeForce 7800GTX SLI) 8589
Foxconn 975X7AB-8EKRS2H (975X 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 9525
MSI 975X Platinum (975X 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 9621
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
MSI P965 Platinum (P965 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 9712
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
Foxconn G9657MA-8KS2H (G965 Express Core 2 Duo Onboard Video Driver 14.21) 6043
Foxconn G9657MA-8KS2H (G965 Express Core 2 Duo Onboard Video Driver 14.25) 7171
Foxconn G9657MA-8KS2H (G965 Express Core 2 Duo GeForce 7800GTX) 9625

As we can see here the Foxconn G9657MA-8KS2H certainly does benefit from the updated driver; switching from version 14.21 to 14.25 does increase 3DMark05 results pretty substantially. When a GeForce 7800GTX videocard is installed, performance from the little motherboard is on par with the other Intel Core 2 Duo motherboards tested.

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 P5N32-SLI Premium (NF 590 SLI 200/800 Core 2 Duo GeForce 7800GTX Single) 4490
Asus P5N32-SLI Premium (NF 590 SLI 200/800 Core 2 Duo GeForce 7800GTX SLI) 7522
Foxconn 975X7AB-8EKRS2H (975X 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 4496
MSI 975X Platinum (975X 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 4487
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
MSI P965 Platinum (P965 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 4465
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
Foxconn G9657MA-8KS2H (G965 Express Core 2 Duo Onboard Video Driver 14.21) 263
Foxconn G9657MA-8KS2H (G965 Express Core 2 Duo Onboard Video Driver 14.25) 504
Foxconn G9657MA-8KS2H (G965 Express Core 2 Duo GeForce 7800GTX) 4472
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 P5N32-SLI Premium (NF 590 SLI 200/800 Core 2 Duo GeForce 7800GTX Single) 2101
Asus P5N32-SLI Premium (NF 590 SLI 200/800 Core 2 Duo GeForce 7800GTX SLI) 2080
Foxconn 975X7AB-8EKRS2H (975X 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 2099
MSI 975X Platinum (975X 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 2096
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
MSI P965 Platinum (P965 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 2112
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
Foxconn G9657MA-8KS2H (G965 Express Core 2 Duo Onboard Video Driver 14.21) 2062
Foxconn G9657MA-8KS2H (G965 Express Core 2 Duo Onboard Video Driver 14.25) 2038
Foxconn G9657MA-8KS2H (G965 Express Core 2 Duo GeForce 7800GTX) 2106

3DMark06 results are similar to 3DMark05, we see almost a doubling in the overall score. Let's keep things relative though, performance with the onboard GMA3000 videocard alone is still very low. If you're a gamer you'll definitely want to install a stand alone PCI Express x16 videocard.

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Contents of Article: Foxconn G9657MA-8KS2H
 Pg 1.  Foxconn G9657MA-8KS2H G965 Express Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Intel G965 Express Chipset Overview
 Pg 3.  Foxconn Motherboard Highlights
 Pg 4.  High Definition Content Playback: System Load Test
 Pg 5.  Motherboard Benchmarks: SYSMark2004
 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.  GMA X3000 Good for Office Use

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