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VIA PT894 Chipset Reference Pentium 4 Motherboard Review

VIA PT894 Chipset Reference Pentium 4 Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The VIA PT894 supports up to 20 PCI Express lanes, although there will be no SLI option.
Filed under: Motherboards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: VIA Feb 02 2005   Colin Sun  
Home > Reviews > Motherboards > VIA PT894

System Spec's and Benchmarks

PCStats Test System Specs:
Processor:

Intel Pentium 4 3.2E

Clock Speed:

16 x 200 MHz = 3.2 GHz

Motherboards:

Gigabyte GA-8ANXP-D (925X)*
MSI 915P Neo2 Platinum (915P)*
DFI LANParty 875P-T (i875P)**
ASRock 775V88 (PT880)**
VIA PT894 Reference Board (PT894)*

Videocard:

MSI RX800XT PE*
Asus AX800XT/TVD **

Memory:

2x 256MB Samsung PC3700 (DDR2)
2x 256MB Corsair TwinX 3200LL

Hard Drive: 40GB Western Digital Special Ed
CDROM: AOpen 52x Combo Drive
PowerSupply: Seasonic SuperTornado 400W
Software Setup

WindowsXP Build 2600
Intel INF 5.10.1012
VIA 4in1 4.55V
Catalyst 4.12

Workstation Benchmarks

SYSMark 2004
Business Winstone 2002
Content Creation 2002
Winbench 99
SiSoft Sandra 2004
Super Pi
PCMark2002
PCMark04
3DMark2001SE
AquaMark3
Comanche 4
X2: The Threat
UT2003

* - MSI RX800 Videocard Used ** - Asus X800XT PE videocard used

SYSmark 2004 Source: Bapco

SYSmark 2004 is BAPCo's latest revision of the mainstream office productivity and Internet content creation benchmark used to characterize the performance of the business client. It is based on a foundation of extensive research into emerging usage models and computing trends and incorporates the latest benchmarking methodologies to evaluate platform technologies. SYSmark 2004 contains scientifically designed workloads that represent the range of activities that an office productivity or Internet content creation work may encounter. In addition to extensive validation across multiple platforms, users can be sure of a consistent and reliable performance comparison.

SysMark 2004
Overall: Points Ranking
Gigabyte GA-8ANXP-D (i925X 200/400) 209
MSI 915P Neo2 Platinum (i915P 200/400) 207
DFI LANParty 875P-T (i875P 200/400) 206
ASRock 775V88 (PT880 200/400) 202
VIA PT894 Ref Motherboard (PT894 200/400) 189
Internet Overall: Points Ranking
Gigabyte GA-8ANXP-D (i925X 200/400) 219
MSI 915P Neo2 Platinum (i915P 200/400) 217
DFI LANParty 875P-T (i875P 200/400) 219
ASRock 775V88 (PT880 200/400) 213
VIA PT894 Ref Motherboard (PT894 200/400) 204
3D Creation: Points Ranking
Gigabyte GA-8ANXP-D (i925X 200/400) 210
MSI 915P Neo2 Platinum (i915P 200/400) 208
DFI LANParty 875P-T (i875P 200/400) 210
ASRock 775V88 (PT880 200/400) 206
VIA PT894 Ref Motherboard (PT894 200/400) 203
2D Creation: Points Ranking
Gigabyte GA-8ANXP-D (i925X 200/400) 261
MSI 915P Neo2 Platinum (i915P 200/400) 260
DFI LANParty 875P-T (i875P 200/400) 261
ASRock 775V88 (PT880 200/400) 248
VIA PT894 Ref Motherboard (PT894 200/400) 225
Web Publication Points Ranking
Gigabyte GA-8ANXP-D (i925X 200/400) 192
MSI 915P Neo2 Platinum (i915P 200/400) 192
DFI LANParty 875P-T (i875P 200/400) 192
ASRock 775V88 (PT880 200/400) 188
VIA PT894 Ref Motherboard (PT894 200/400) 186
Office Overall: Points Ranking
Gigabyte GA-8ANXP-D (i925X 200/400) 193
MSI 915P Neo2 Platinum (i915P 200/400) 193
DFI LANParty 875P-T (i875P 200/400) 193
ASRock 775V88 (PT880 200/400) 191
VIA PT894 Ref Motherboard (PT894 200/400) 176
Communication: Points Ranking
Gigabyte GA-8ANXP-D (i925X 200/400) 184
MSI 915P Neo2 Platinum (i915P 200/400) 182
DFI LANParty 875P-T (i875P 200/400) 184
ASRock 775V88 (PT880 200/400) 189
VIA PT894 Ref Motherboard (PT894 200/400) 175
Document Creation: Points Ranking
Gigabyte GA-8ANXP-D (i925X 200/400) 204
MSI 915P Neo2 Platinum (i915P 200/400) 204
DFI LANParty 875P-T (i875P 200/400) 204
ASRock 775V88 (PT880 200/400) 198
VIA PT894 Ref Motherboard (PT894 200/400) 187
Data Analysis: Points Ranking
Gigabyte GA-8ANXP-D (i925X 200/400) 193
MSI 915P Neo2 Platinum (i915P 200/400) 195
DFI LANParty 875P-T (i875P 200/400) 193
ASRock 775V88 (PT880 200/400) 186
VIA PT894 Ref Motherboard (PT894 200/400) 167

We're a bit surprised to see the VIA PT894 lag behind the other motherboards. VIA traditionally has had driver problems with new hardware, I'm sure newer drivers will sort this issue out.

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Contents of Article: VIA PT894
 Pg 1.  VIA PT894 Chipset Reference Pentium 4 Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Look, it's the VIA PT894!
 Pg 3.  — System Spec's and Benchmarks
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: Winstone 2004, Winbench 99, SiSoft Sandra
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: Super Pi, PCMark04, 3DMark2001
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: AquaMark03, Comanche 4, X2: The Threat
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: UT2003, UT2004, Doom 3
 Pg 8.  Potential in the PT894!

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