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Epox M762A and Gigabyte A-7DPXDW in the test: Dual-AMD motherboards in comparison

Epox M762A and Gigabyte A-7DPXDW in the test: Dual-AMD motherboards in comparison

3DMark2000 v1.1

The somewhat outdated 3DMark2000, optimized for DX7, shows a balanced picture of the five Mainboards. No wonder, because the benchmarks are mainly aimed at the graphics card. Here only the data transfer from the CPU to the graphics card comes into play.

3DMark2000 v1.1
Unit: points
    • Gigabyte 1 CPU
      10,478
    • Epox
      10.093
    • Asus
      10.084
    • Gigabyte
      10.059
    • MSI
      10.055
    • Tyan
      10.011

All five mainboards do not show any nakedness here. The mainboards are close togethertight. Another run gave different values, but only in the range of about 10 points, but the distribution of the places remained the same. The height of the points is generally slightly lower here than with a comparable mainboard with only one processor. This is due to the fact that the two processors jointly access a memory and this leads to slight delays in the data transfer to the graphics card, as 3DMark itself is not optimized for two CPUs.

3DMark2001SE

The latest benchmark from Madonion, the 3DMark2001SE, optimized for DX8 and GeForce 4, had to show how the systems stack up against each other.

3DMark2001SE
Unit: Points
    • Gigabyte 1 CPU
      7.657
    • Epox
      7.325
    • Gigabyte
      7.286
    • Asus
      7.284
    • MSI
      7.265
    • Tyan
      7.238

As expected, the new 3DMark20 prevails 01 SE the same picture as with 3DMark2000. All mainboards are head to head. As with Madonion's 2000 benchmark, the difference is only marginal. Here, too, the Gigabyte is ahead with only one CPU. Programs like 3DMark are not areas of application for a dual system.

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