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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.
 88% Rating:   
Filed under: Motherboards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: ASUS Feb 11 2007   Colin Sun  
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Benchmarks: X3: Reunion, Doom 3, Quake 4

X3: Reunion

Source: EGOSOFT

Extensive development has gone into the X³ engine, making full use of DirectX 9 technology, to create dramatic visual effects and stunningly realistic starships. Coupled with the massively enhanced A.L. (Artificial Life) system, X³: REUNION will present players with an ever changing, evolving universe; where a players actions really can shape the future of the universe.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportX3: Reunion
1024x768: FPS Ranking
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/800) 58.267
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X 200/667) 58.146
Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe (P965 200/800) 50.172
ASRock AM2V890-VSTA (K8T890 200/800) 62.048
Biostar TForce 6100 AM2 (GF 6100 200/800) 58.172
Albatron KM51PV-AM2 (GF6150 200/800) 58.968
MSI K9N SLI Platinum (NF 570 SLI 200/800 7800GTX Single) 58.267
MSI K9N SLI Platinum (NF 570 SLI 200/800 7800GTX SLI) 57.412
Foxconn C51XEM2AA (NF 590 SLI 200/800 GeForce 7800GTX Single) 57.858
Foxconn C51XEM2AA (NF 590 SLI 200/800 GeForce 7800GTX SLI 56.922
Asus M2-CROSSHAIR (NF 590 SLI 200/800 7800GTX Single) 59.639
Asus M2-CROSSHAIR (NF 590 SLI 200/800 7800GTX SLI) 57.614

X3 Reunion framerates are decent, but as we can see here running SLI does not do much for this benchmark.

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
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/800) 144.3
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X 200/667) 138.4
Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe (P965 200/800) 96.6
ASRock AM2V890-VSTA (K8T890 200/800) 148.4
Biostar TForce 6100 AM2 (GF 6100 200/800) 146.6
Albatron KM51PV-AM2 (GF6150 200/800) 144.5
MSI K9N SLI Platinum (NF 570 SLI 200/800 7800GTX Single) 144.3
MSI K9N SLI Platinum (NF 570 SLI 200/800 7800GTX SLI) 145.3
Foxconn C51XEM2AA (NF 590 SLI 200/800 GeForce 7800GTX Single) 146.7
Foxconn C51XEM2AA (NF 590 SLI 200/800 GeForce 7800GTX SLI 142.6
Asus M2-CROSSHAIR (NF 590 SLI 200/800 7800GTX Single) 141.1
Asus M2-CROSSHAIR (NF 590 SLI 200/800 7800GTX SLI) 145.2

Doom 3 framerates put the Asus M2-CROSSHAIR motherboard in a good light. It performs on par with the other SLI compatible motherboards, good company.

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 can surpass the 500MB mark! Each test is run three times and with the third run being recorded.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportID Software Quake 4 1.3
LQ 640x480: FPS Ranking
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/800) 150.5
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X 200/667) 142.8
Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe (P965 200/800) 113.8
ASRock AM2V890-VSTA (K8T890 200/800) 154.4
Biostar TForce 6100 AM2 (GF 6100 200/800) 153.2
Albatron KM51PV-AM2 (GF6150 200/800) 152.9
MSI K9N SLI Platinum (NF 570 SLI 200/800 7800GTX Single) 150.5
MSI K9N SLI Platinum (NF 570 SLI 200/800 7800GTX SLI) 150.1
Foxconn C51XEM2AA (NF 590 SLI 200/800 GeForce 7800GTX Single) 154.8
Foxconn C51XEM2AA (NF 590 SLI 200/800 GeForce 7800GTX SLI 152.2
Asus M2-CROSSHAIR (NF 590 SLI 200/800 7800GTX Single) 146.4
Asus M2-CROSSHAIR (NF 590 SLI 200/800 7800GTX SLI) 145.2

Quake 4 framerates are slightly lower than we would have expected, but the difference is close enough that you wouldn't notice in the heat of battle.

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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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