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Asus P4G8X Deluxe with E7205 in the test: Dual-Channel DDR-SDRAM for Pentium 4

Asus P4G8X Deluxe with E7205 in the test: Dual-Channel DDR-SDRAM for Pentium 4

SiSoft Sandra 2003

  • SiSoft Sandra provides information about the system in abundance and is also able to explain the most important components of the PC to check its speed. The so-called 'memory benchmark', which determines the interaction between memory, chipset and processor, proves to be particularly useful. So it is not just a matter of the memory clock and the maximum memory bandwidth. Since all data is also sent via the processor, northbridge and frontside bus play an equally important role. The SiSoft Sandra Version 2003 Pro was used.
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Sandra 2003
  • IntegerData:
    • Asus P4T533 - i850E
      3.365
    • Asus P4G8X - E7205
      3,352
    • Asus P4PE - i845PE
      2.583
  • Floating Point:
    • Asus P4G8X - E7205
      3,354
    • Asus P4T533 - i850E
      3.352
    • Asus P4PE - i845PE
      2.582

In Sandra shows that Rambus and Dual-Channel DDR266 have an identical data transfer rate and both use them almost equally well. The differences are too small to make out a 'winner' and so the two opponents separate on good terms, at least here. The distance to normal DDR333 with a maximum of 2700 GB/s is of course particularly large in this pure streaming test, but not surprising.

Incidentally, the latency times of the main memory play no role in this test. With DDR-SDRAM these are far below those of Rambus, so that the P4G8X with E7205 could actually overtake Rambus in our test after this first impression. The next tests will show whether this will actually be enough.

PCMark 2002

  • PCMark 2002 is a comparatively new benchmark that, as the name suggests, is used to measure of the total system performance. To do this, he carries out a series of tests that primarily demand the processor and memory. The hard disk is also checked for its performance. However, we have decided not to publish the partial result. Thus, PCMark 2002 only gives us a score for processor performance and memory.
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PCMark 2002
Unit: points
  • CPU Result:
    • Asus P4G8X - E7205
      7,548
    • Asus P4T533 - i850E
      7,524
    • Asus P4PE - i845PE
      7.523
  • RAM Result:
    • Asus P4T533 - i850E
      7,517
    • Asus P4G8X - E7205
      7,427
    • Asus P4PE - i845PE
      6.830

In the CPU result, the P4G8X can easily separate itself from the other two boards. There are of course no major differences in view of an identical processor. We'll clarify later whether the P4G8X gets the better performance from an increased front-side bus, as Asus has tried one or the other time in the past.

The RAM result must be find the P4G8X a bit behind the P4T533 with RIMM4200 for the first time. This result is a bit surprising, since dual-channel DDR266 has the same transfer rate with significantly better latency times. But we will go into this in more detail in the course of the review. Here, too, the P4PE does not come close to the performance of the other two boards - the role of the data transfer rate, which with DDR333 is clearly behind dual-channel DDR266 or RIMM4200.

PCMark 2002 crunch tests
Unit: points
  • Jpeg decoding (MPixel/s):
    • Asus P4G8X - E7205
      18.9
    • Asus P4T533 - i850E
      18.4
    • Asus P4PE -i845PE
      18.3
  • Blit Test ( fps):
    • Asus P4T533 - i850E
      1,052.7
    • Asus P4G8X - E7205
      965.8
    • Asus P4PE - i845PE
      896.0

The crunch test also shows a split image. The P4G8X can again take the lead in JPEG decoding, but then has to admit defeat in the blit test, which in turn uses the RAM, and the Rambus system takes the lead. The P4G8X is positioned exactly between the i850E and i845PE. Will this trend be confirmed and with the E7205 Intel has only brought the second fastest Pentium4 but still the fastest DDR-SDRAM chipset onto the market?

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