Legit Motherboard Reviews
ECS KN1 Extreme AMD Athlon 64 Motherboard
|Manufacturer:||Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS)|
|Product:||KN1 Extreme Mainboard|
|Date:||Mon, Sep 05, 2005 - 12:00 AM|
|Written By:||Rich Caporali|
CINEBENCH 2003 is the free benchmarking tool for Windows and Mac OS based on the powerful 3D software CINEMA 4D R8. The tool is set to deliver accurate benchmarks by testing not only a computer's raw processing speed but also all other areas that affect system performance such as OpenGL, multithreading, multiprocessors and Intel's HT Technology. CINEBENCH 2003 includes render tasks that test the performance of up to 16 multiprocessors on the same computer.
ScienceMark 2.0 Final:
Science Mark 2.0 is an attempt to put the truth behind benchmarking. In an attempt to model real world demands and performance, ScienceMark 2.0 is a suite of high-performance benchmarks that realistically stress system performance without architectural bias. Lower results (time in seconds) represent better performance. All of our testing was completed on the 32 Bit Final benchmark version that is dated March 21, 2005.
SiSoft Sandra 2005 is one of the leading providers of computer analysis, diagnostic and benchmarking software. SANDRA is used by almost 400 world-wide IT publications, magazines, review sites to analyse the performance of today?s computers. Over 4,000 on-line reviews of computer hardware that use SANDRA are catalogued on the company?s website alone. SiSoft Sandra benchmarks show the power of emerging new technologies like multi-core, Wireless MMX, AMD64/EM64T, IA64, NUMA, SMT (Hyper-Threading), SMP (multi-threading), SSE2, SSE, 3DNow! Enhanced, 3DNow!, Enhanced MMX and MMX.
Everest 2.0 is a professional system information, diagnostics and benchmarking program for Win32 platforms. It extracts details of all components of the PC. It also tests the actual read and write speeds of your memory to give a fairly accurate look of true memory performance.
Super Pi is a program a lot of enthusiasts use to benchmark overall system performance, as the program is capable of calculating pi up to 33.55 million digits on a timer. Many overclockers and enthusiasts are in a battle to get the lowest 1M Super Pi time possible
Doom 3 is one of the most system taxing games available. Its popularity also makes it a great choice for system benchmarking. I like to use Time Demo 1 with resolution set to 1024x768 with detail set to high.
Far Cry- Volcano
Far Cry is another super popular FPS title that seriously taxes your systems graphics. HardwareOC developed this specialized benchmarking utility that automatically runs the test twice and averages out the score. V 1.41 was used here, with a resolution of 1024x768 and detail levels set to high.
As you can tell, after all is said and done, there is little difference between the DFI NF4 Ultra and ECS KN1 Extreme, at least at stock speeds. In all reality, most boards are going to score pretty close to the same when using all the same components and running at stock speed. What differentiates boards is what they do when they are pushed to their limits.
Next Page - Final Thoughts
Page 1 - Introduction
Page 2 - ECS KN1 Extreme Features
Page 3 - KN1 Extreme Motherboard Layout
Page 4 - The Phoenix BIOS
Page 5 - Test Setup
Page 6 - Benchmarking
Page 7 - Benchmarking continued
Page 8 - Final Thoughts