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ECS PN2 SLI2+ nVIDIA nForce 680i SLi Motherboard Review

ECS PN2 SLI2+ nVIDIA nForce 680i SLi Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Let's be frank. The question isn't whether AMD or Intel are leading the charge, it's nVIDIA. For the last couple of years anyway, the graphics boys in Santa Carla have shown the PC world how to make a good chipset and a feature packed motherboard.
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External Mfg. Website: ECS Feb 28 2007   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
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
ECS PN2 SLI2+ (NF 680i SLI 200/800 Core 2 Duo GeForce 7800GTX Single) 8086
ECS PN2 SLI2+ (NF 680i SLI 200/800 Core 2 Duo GeForce 7800GTX SLI) 13142
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
ECS PN2 SLI2+ (NF 680i SLI 200/800 Core 2 Duo GeForce 7800GTX Single) 9437
ECS PN2 SLI2+ (NF 680i SLI 200/800 Core 2 Duo GeForce 7800GTX SLI) 9385

The ECS PN2 SLI2+ motherboard performs very well in 3DMark05 in both single videocard and SLI videocard mode. We clearly see the performance benefit from running two GeForce 7800GTX videocards in SLI.

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
ECS PN2 SLI2+ (NF 680i SLI 200/800 Core 2 Duo GeForce 7800GTX Single) 4494
ECS PN2 SLI2+ (NF 680i SLI 200/800 Core 2 Duo GeForce 7800GTX SLI) 7525
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
ECS PN2 SLI2+ (NF 680i SLI 200/800 Core 2 Duo GeForce 7800GTX Single) 2096
ECS PN2 SLI2+ (NF 680i SLI 200/800 Core 2 Duo GeForce 7800GTX SLI) 2073

It's interesting to see that the nForce 680i SLI chipset does not perform much faster than the nForce 590 SLI Intel Edition chipset. Let's see what happens when real games are used.

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Contents of Article: ECS PN2 SLI2+
 Pg 1.  ECS PN2 SLI2+ nVIDIA nForce 680i SLi Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  PCIe SLI Graphics and More
 Pg 3.  ECS PN2 SLI2+ Motherboard Highlights
 Pg 4.  The nVIDIA nForce 680i SLI Intel Edition chipset
 Pg 5.  Overclocking an nForce 680i SLI Motherboard
 Pg 6.  Inside the PN2 SLI+ BIOS / Test Specs
 Pg 7.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Sysmark 2004
 Pg 8.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Office Productivity, SiSoft Sandra
 Pg 9.  Motherboard Benchmarks: SuperPi, PCMark05
 Pg 10.  — Motherboard Benchmarks: 3DMark05, 3DMark06
 Pg 11.  Motherboard Benchmarks: FarCry, Doom 3
 Pg 12.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Quake4 / Conclusions

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