Benchmarking with SiSoft Sandra 2002 Pro
Starting with the Synthetic...
SANDRA (the System ANalyzer, Diagnostic
and Reporting Assistant) is an information and
diagnostic utility put out by the folks at SiSoftware.
It's a quick and easy
way to compare the CPU, Memory, and Hard drive performance
of a given system against an internal database of similar
systems and drives. These benchmarks are theoretical scores,
and can't necessarily be measured in ?real-world? terms, but
provide a good way to make comparisons amongst like
components. For each test, we chose components
from the database list that we thought would be found in
comparable mainstream PCs. We ran a set of tests at 133MHz
FSB, and then again while overclocked to
default speed of 2.26GHz, the system posted scores that were
pretty darn good. The Dhrystone score was mere points
off of the database score for a 2.4GHz CPU. The
Whetstone score fell in line a bit more, right between the
scores for a 2GHz and a 2.4GHz Pentium 4. When we
increased the speed to 2.82GHz, the performance increased
nicely, blowing away all other contenders, including an Athlon XP 2200+
and a Pentium 4 2.66GHz CPU.
In the multimedia tests,
the performance was still there, with the Integer and
Floating Point instruction scores settling in right between
the two reference Pentium 4 CPUs. These were well
behind the Athlon XP scores, however. Again,
overclocking the system produced scores that were better
than anything else in the SANDRA database.
In the memory tests, we can
see how valuable the DDR333 support is to this board.
Although there were no direct comparisons, the DDR333 or
PC2700 scores we obtained were better than scores for three
other chipsets using the same type of memory.
When placed against PC800 RDRAM, the difference was only
about 200 points, equating to a drop off of about 8%.
Running the benchmark once more when overclocked, we see
that we produced scores that gave PC1066 RDRAM a run for the money.
The hard drive performance was not too shabby, and beat the
database score for a similar ATA100 7200rpm hard drive.
Not as good as a RAID configuration, of course, but this
offer that option anyway.
Futuremark's benchmarks take