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Asus M2-CROSSHAIR Socket AM2 nForce 590 SLI Motherboard Review

Asus M2-CROSSHAIR Socket AM2 nForce 590 SLI Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Asus leads the way with the M2-CROSSHAIR motherboard, for it has got to be the fanciest motherboards that has ever passed through the PCSTATS test labs.
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Filed under: Motherboards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: ASUS Feb 11 2007   Colin Sun  
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Benchmarks: Office Productivity, SiSoft Sandra, Super Pi

Office Productivity Source: Zdnet

Business Winstone 2004 runs real applications through a series of scripted activities and uses the time a PC takes to complete these activities to produce its performance scores.

Content Creation Winstone 2004 is a system-level, application-based benchmark that measures a PC's overall performance when running top, Windows-based, 32-bit, content creation applications in Windows XP.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportOffice Productivity
Business Winstone 2004: Points Ranking
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/800) 26.1
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X 200/667) 27.4
Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe (P965 200/800) 25.8
ASRock AM2V890-VSTA (K8T890 200/800) 29.1
Albatron KM51PV-AM2 (GF6150 200/800) 30.3
MSI K9N SLI Platinum (NF 570 SLI 200/800) 29.6
Foxconn C51XEM2AA (NF 590 SLI 200/800) 29.9
Asus M2-CROSSHAIR (NF 590 SLI 200/800) 30.4
Content Creation 2004: Points Ranking
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/800) 33
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X 200/667) 33.8
Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe (P965 200/800) 34.2
ASRock AM2V890-VSTA (K8T890 200/800) 42
Albatron KM51PV-AM2 (GF6150 200/800) 41.8
MSI K9N SLI Platinum (NF 570 SLI 200/800) 41.2
Foxconn C51XEM2AA (NF 590 SLI 200/800) 41.6
Asus M2-CROSSHAIR (NF 590 SLI 200/800) 41.7

Asus has always built fast motherboards, and here it challenges for top spot in the Office Productivity tests. Truth be told though, the difference between the motherboards would not be noticeable because in office tasks, the system is mainly user limited.

SiSoft Sandra 2005 Source: Sandra

Sandra is designed to test the theoretical power of a complete system as well as the individual components. The results are also purely theoretical and may not represent real world performance.

Sisoft Sandra 2005 Benchmark Results
Multimedia Benchmark CPU Benchmark Memory Benchmark
Motherboard Integer SSE2: Floating-Point SSE2: Dhrystone SSE2: Whetstone SSE2: Integer SSE2: Float SSE2:
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X 200/667) 36005 42695 16953 4596 FPU / 7899 SSE2 5087 5087
ASRock AM2V890-VSTA (K8T890 200/800) 48799 53396 21837 8172 FPU / 10620 SSE2 6688 6607
MSI K9N SLI Platinum (NF 570 SLI 200/800) 48963 53456 22014 8266 FPU / 10718 SSE2 6694 6612
Foxconn C51XEM2AA (NF 590 SLI 200/800) 48879 53535 21910

8224 FPU / 10651 SSE2

6666

6594

Albatron KM51PV-AM2 (GF6150 200/800) 49031 53788 22011 8263 FPU / 10700 SSE2 6737 6656
Asus M2-CROSSHAIR (NF 590 SLI 200/800) 49006 53359 22011 8263 FPU / 10701 SSE2 6646 6565

Units:

it/s it/s MIPS MFLOPS MB/s MB/s

SiSoft Sandra results for all Socket AM2 platforms are very good, it should be since every motherboard is using the same Athlon64 X2 5000+ processor. Memory bandwidth figures from the Asus M2-CROSSHAIR are nice and high.

Super Pi Mod 1.5 Source: SuperPI

SuperPI calculates the number PI to 1 Million digits in this raw number crunching benchmark. The program allows the user to change the number of digits of PI that can be calculated from 16 thousand to 32 million. Our benchmark is set to 1 Million digits and 19 iterations.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportSuperPi Mod 1.5
1 Million Digits: Seconds Ranking
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/800) 39
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X 200/667) 40
Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe (P965 200/800) 39
ASRock AM2V890-VSTA (K8T890 200/800) 34
Albatron KM51PV-AM2 (GF6150 200/800) 34
MSI K9N SLI Platinum (NF 570 SLI 200/800) 33
Foxconn C51XEM2AA (NF 590 SLI 200/800) 33
Asus M2-CROSSHAIR (NF 590 SLI 200/800) 33

The Asus M2-CROSSHAIR is able to complete Super Pi's 1 million digit test in 33 seconds, pretty darn fast for an AMD AM2 platform! Intel Core 2 Duo boards bring that speed down to about 20 seconds though...

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Contents of Article: ASUS M2-CROSSHAIR
 Pg 1.  Asus M2-CROSSHAIR Socket AM2 nForce 590 SLI Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Advanced Thermal Solution for the Chipsets and Voltage Regulators
 Pg 3.  Asus goes overboard with goodies!
 Pg 4.  Motherboard Highlights Gallery
 Pg 5.  More Motherboard Highlights....
 Pg 6.  Nvidia C51XE and MCP55XE Core Logic
 Pg 7.  Overclocking the M2-CROSSHAIR
 Pg 8.  Inside the Asus BIOS
 Pg 9.  Test System Specs and Sysmark 2004 Benchmarks
 Pg 10.  — Benchmarks: Office Productivity, SiSoft Sandra, Super Pi
 Pg 11.  Benchmarks: PCMark05, 3DMark05
 Pg 12.  Benchmarks: 3DMark06, FarCry
 Pg 13.  Benchmarks: X3: Reunion, Doom 3, Quake 4
 Pg 14.  Crosshair: A Gamers Delight?

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