Test Setup

Beginning with this review, I am doing something a little different with the test setup and configuration. Since most of you readers are AMD users, I thought I’d compare Intel’s latest consumer boards to two generations of AMD boards. Each AMD configuration has a different CPU and graphics card for the sake of variety and interest. So don’t think this is going to be an “Apples to Apples” comparison with respect to AMD.

Test System Setup


System 1

System 2

System 3

System 4


Pentium 4 560E (3.6GHz)

Pentium 4 560E (3.6GHz)

Athlon 64 3200+ (2.0 GHz)

AMD Athlon XP3200+ (2.2 GHz)


Asus P5GD2 Premium (Intel 915P)

Chaintech V915P (Intel 915P)

Abit KV8 Pro (VIA K8T800 Pro)

DFI NFII LanParty UltraB (nForce 2 Ultra400)

Power Supply


Antec TruePower 430W


DDR2 – 2×512 Micron 533MHz (CL 4.0)

DDR1 – 2x512MB Corsair CMX512 PC3500

Hard Drive

Western Digital 120GB WD1200 SATA

Video Card

ABit X700 Pro 128MB

Asus Radeon 9800XT 256MB

Asus Radeon 9600XT 128MB

Video Driver

ATI Catalyst 4.12

Tests & Benchmarks

  • Everest Home Edition v1.51.195
  • SiSoft Sandra 2004 SP1
  • Business Winstone 2004
  • Multimedia Content Creation Winstone 2004
  • PCMark ’04
  • Super PI
  • ScienceMark 2.0 Beta
  • Maya 6.0 PLE
  • 3DMark 2001: SE v330
  • 3DMark 05 v1.1.0
  • Aquamark 3
  • Doom 3
  • Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War
  • Half-Life 2
  • Need for Speed: Underground 2
  • DVD to DivX Encoding
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