System Setup and Testing Methods

For this review, I compared the ECS KN3 SLI2 to the EPoX EP-AF590SLI2, to get an idea of the ECS’s performance in comparison to another member of the 590 SLI chipset family.

GIGABYTE GA-M57SLI-S4 Test System Setup

CPU

AMD Athlon X2 5000+

Motherboards

ECS KN3 SLI2
EPoX EP-AF590SLI2

Memory 

Corsair TWIN2X2048-6400C4

Hard Drive

Maxtor SATA 300GB 7200 RPM 16MB

Sound Card

Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic

Video Card

EVGA 7800GTX KO Edition

Video Drivers

162.22{Microsoft SLI and CrossFire HotFIX (KB936710)}

DirectX Version

DX10

Operating System

Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit

 

Benchmarks:

  • SiSoft Sandra XI
  • Windows Media Encoder 9
  • DivX 6.5.1
  • LAME MT
  • WinRAR 3.70
  • 3DMark06
  • Call of Duty 2 1.01
  • Oblivion 
  • PCMark05
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