Five i845E mainboards in the test: who will win?

Five i845E mainboards in the test: who will win?

Test system

We recently came up with this as a test system tested Pentium4 2.4GHz with 133MHz FSB used. We used Windows XP Professional as the operating system. Therewe left the integrated DirectX 8.1 unchanged. Functions such as system restore or automatic system updates have been deactivated. In order to create a normal working environment, we have worked with smoothed fonts and the standard Windows XP surface as quality settings for the system interface. All other visual options have also been activated. The Inno3D GeForce3 Ti200 were operated with the official detonator version 28.32.

  • Processor
    • Intel Pentium 4 2.4 GHz - 533MHz FSB
  • Motherboards
    • Abit IT7 (Bios: 8H)
    • Epox EP-4BEAR (Bios: 4BEA2628/4BEA2717)
    • Gigabyte GA-8IEXP (Bios: F5)
    • MSI 845E Max2-BLR (Bios: 5.3)
  • RAM
  • Graphics card
    • Inno3D Tornado Geforce3 Ti200
  • Peripherals
    • Maxtor 92041U4
    • Philips PCCD048
  • Driver versions
    • nVidia Detonator 28.32
    • Intel Inf Driver 4.00.1009
    • Intel Application Accelerator 2.2
  • Software
    • Windows XP Professional
    • DirectX 8.1
Abit IT7 Board - overview
Epox EP-4BEAR - Board
Gigabyte GA-8IEXP - Board
MSI Max2-BLR - Board


For the benchmarks this time we used a mix that includes games, Windows applications as well as rendering and audio Encoding considered.

Many benchmarks are basedwhile on actual applications. But in addition to these practical benchmarks, synthetic benchmarks such as 3DMarks were also used.

In order to take a closer look at the onboard sound, we have now expanded our benchmarks for the Pentium4 boards with two special programs which should determine the quality of the sound as well as the resulting CPU utilization by the onboard sound.

  • DirectX 7.0
    • 3DMark 2000 1.1
    • Unreal Tournament 4.36 (utbench)
  • DirectX 8.0
    • 3DMark 2001 SE
  • OpenGL
    • Vulpine GL Mark 2001 1.1
    • Quake 3 Arena 1.17
  • Memory performance
    • SiSoft Sandra 2002
  • Other
    • WinACE 2.11
    • Cinebench 4D
    • Magix Music Maker 3.03
    • Lightwave 7.0b
    • Audio Winbench 99
    • Audio Analyzer

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