Legit Motherboard Reviews
AOpen AX4SG Max I865G Motherboard
|Date:||Wed, May 21, 2003 - 09:00 AM|
|Written By:||Justin West -|
Our 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
Motherboards 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:
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.
Results: 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".
Next we will look at our 3DMark2001SE, PCMark2002, and Comanche 4 Demo Benchmark Results.
3DMark2001SE, PCMark2002, and Comanche4 Results:
3DMark2001SE (build 330):
Results: 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.
Results: 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.
Comanche 4 Demo:
Results: 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:
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.
Next I will show you how stable the memory is when it is overclocked.
Next Page - Memory Stability Results:
Page 1 - Introduction:
Page 2 - Layout:
Page 3 - BIOS:
Page 4 - Test System:
Page 5 - Memory Stability Results:
Page 6 - Conclusion: