OpenGL & DirectX
Talk about the benchmark that
just won't die. After several years as reigning
benchmark champion, the Quake 3 Timedemo is still a decent tool for showing the performance of video cards
and motherboards. When gauging a motherboard, we like
to run the Timedemo "DEMO001" at 640x480x16 with the
"Fastest" settings selected. This helps to isolate
processor performance by eliminating the influence of the
video card itself. This is done by setting the visual
quality so conservative that the video card is not stressed
at all. We ran this test at stock
speeds and compared it the the Soyo KT333 Dragon Ultra, then
we ran the test again while overclocked.
The KX7-333R did a fine job with
the CPU test, posting an impressive 254.1, 9FPS better than
the Dragon Ultra. Once overclocked, the ABIT board was
able to add an additional 22FPS, a gain of roughly 9%.
Next, we'll take a few swings at MadOnion's 3DMark2001SE at a couple of popular resolutions
and see how the KX7-333R stacks up against the Soyo KT333
Direct X with MadOnion's 3DMark2001:
With 3DMark2001SE, we ran the
test at the default settings varying only the resolution.
First up is 800x600x32....
At 800x600x32, the ABIT KX7-333R
posted an excellent score, besting the popular Soyo board by
over 600 points. Once we fired up a little
overclocking, the KX7-333R increased its score by 388 points
Now let's see how the boards
stack up when we increase the resolution to 1024x768x32...
This time the ABIT system held
the lead by 282 points, a much narrower margin than the first
test. After we set the FSB to 146MHz., we were able to
achieve an additional 519 points, a gain of 4.8%.
Next, we'll run a series of tests
that focus on the three most important components of a
system: CPU, Memory, and Hard Drive performance. This
sounds like a job for MadOnion's PCMark2002Pro!