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The results of Futuremark PCMark04 test make up a separate section of the review as this benchmark is synthetic rather than a real test. Moreover, we used this test for checking the performance of certain subsystems of the reviewed mainboards.

All mainboards score similar performance ratings in PCMark04, although the i865PE is again a little faster. As for the chipsets from SiS and VIA, it’s hard to tell definitely which one of them is better. Depending on the set of testing algorithms, either ASUS P4S800D or Soltek SL-PT880Pro-FGR shows a higher speed.

This memory subsystem test shows about the same results as the ones we’ve seen in the previous section.

Comparison of disk subsystems of the reviewed mainboards is an interesting matter. We used a RAID array of two SerialATA drives in our testbed, so we can estimate the performance of SerialATA RAID controllers integrated into the South Bridges of the mainboards.

The results are quite exciting. The SATA controllers from SiS964 and VT8237 chips are equals, but lose to the one in the ICH5R. This may be caused by the efficient work of Intel’s Application Accelerator driver with intelligent caching functions for higher performance of the disk subsystem.

Performance in Office and Content Creation Applications

Traditionally, we’ve been using Winstone tests for checking the system performance in different types of ordinary Windows applications.

This time we only have to acknowledge that all mainboards are equals at ordinary office work or at processing digital content.

I can’t say the same about benchmarks that model multi-threading load. The i865PE-based mainboard loses the first test to the others. This test imitates work of the user in office applications, but also executes file copy operations, so the lower performance of this mainboard may be caused by the low bandwidth of the bus that links the two chipset Bridges.

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