System Setup and Benchmarks

System Setup

The system setup for our motherboard tests is slightly different from the AMD side to the new Intel-775 side.  Here we continued to use the older ATI Radeon 9800XT graphics card to provide the best possible comparison to our older motherboard reviews.  For comparison to the Abit board, I chose to use the MSI K8N Neo2 motherboard, based on the NVIDIA nForce3 Ultra chipset, another very impressive motherboard. 

Athlon 64 (939) Test System Setup


 Athlon 64 FX-53 @ 2.4 GHz


Abit AV8 K8T800 Pro Motherboard
MSI K8N Neo2 NF3 Ultra Motherboard

Power Supply 

Antec 550W TrueControl


2x512MB Corsair PC3200LL Pro Series

Hard Drive

40GB 7200RPM Western Digital EIDE

Sound Card

Creative Labs Live!

Video Card

ATI Radeon 9800XT

Video Drivers

ATI Catalyst 4.8

DirectX Version

DX 9.0b

Operating System

Windows XP w/ Service Pack 1


The benchmarks used were:

  • SiSoft Sandra 2004 SP1
  • AIDA32
  • Cachemem
  • Quake III: Arena
  • Unreal Tournament 2003
  • X2: The Threat
  • 3D Mark 2001: SE v330
  • 3DMark03
  • PCMark04
  • Business Winstone 2004
  • Content Creation Winstone 2004
  • Sysmark 2004
  • Webmark 2004
  • LAME MP3 Encoding
  • XMPEG / DivX Encoding
  • WinRAR Compression
  • SPECviewperf 7.1
  • CineBench 2003
  • ScienceMark 2.0 Beta
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