AOpen AX4SG Max I865G Motherboard

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Test System:

Test System:

  • Intel
    Pentium 4 3.0C 800MHz FSB (Intel unlocked Engineering Sample)
  • Thermalright
    SLK-900U w/80cfm Delta (Air Cooled)
  • 256mb
    Corsair XMS PC3500C2 Memory Modules
  • MSI
    Geforce 4 Ti4800 128mb 8x AGP Graphics Card
  • Seagate
    120Gb SATA HDD
  • Antec
    True Power 430W Power Supply
  • ViewSonic
    E90fb Monitor
  • BeanTech
    Igloo8 Aluminum Case

Tested :

  • AOpen
    AX4SG Max – I865G "Springdale" chipset
  • ABIT
    BH7 – I845PE chipset
  • AOpen
    AX4C Max – I875 "Canterwood" chipset


  • NVidia
    Detonator 43.45 graphics driver
  • Intel
    INF Update v4.04.1012
  • Intel
    Application Accelerator v2.3


All testing
was done on a fresh install of Windows XP Professional SP1 build 2600.
All benchmarks were completed on the desktop with no other software programs
running. No overclocking was done on the video card. Each motherboard
tested used the same hardware listed above. For the memory situation,
the BH7 used one stick of RAM in dimm slot 1, while the AX4SG and AX4C
used two sticks of RAM to utilize Dual Channel Mode. We did not use a
RAID setup, so we disabled the RAID controller in the bios.

Now that
you know what our test setup is, we can move on to the testing!

Sysoft Sandra 2003 Results:


This test gave some very interesting results. Each board has a category
that it beats the others in. Overall, I would say this test is pretty
much a tie for all three motherboards.


You can definitely tell the difference between the chipsets in this test.
The results came just as expected: I875P, I865G, and 845PE. And notice
how there is not much of a difference between the "Springdale"
and the "Canterwood".

we will look at our 3DMark2001SE, PCMark2002, and Comanche 4 Demo Benchmark

3DMark2001SE, PCMark2002, and Comanche4

(build 330):

This benchmark shows that the AX4SG Max does not perform as well as the
AX4C Max or the BH7. However, I would like to point out that there is
not a significant difference between the score for the AX4SG and the AX4C.
It is only a 3.7% difference and scientifically, anything under a 5% difference
is not significant.


This benchmark shows very similar results as the Sysoft Results. For the
CPU, the 3 motherboards do not perform all that different, but the memory
tests show which chipsets are the best.

4 Demo:

The Comanche 4 Demo benchmark is a very sensitive benchmark. Each .1 FPS
means a lot. This benchmark depends a lot on the CPU speed and since we
used the same processor on all three motherboards, this benchmark should
show the advantages in the layout of each motherboard. The results are
very close, but in the order of the chipsets with the 875 on top, followed
by the 865, then the 845.

Now we
will see how these motherboards perform with some real world applications
performance using BapCo SYSMark 2002.

BapCo SYSMark 2002 Results:

With this benchmark, we decided to throw in all of our "Canterwood"
chipset motherboards so you can get a better idea how the scores of this
benchmark compare to other motherboards. This benchmark uses real-world
applications to stress the components of the motherboard. We are still
getting used to this benchmark here at Legit Reviews, so as far as we
can tell, these results all seem fairly close together; however, the order
of the results shows the order of the chipsets with the 875 chipsets taking
the top, then the 865G, then the 845PE.

I will show you how stable the memory is when it is overclocked.

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