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Tom's Socket AM2 Motherboard Summer Slam

Test Setup

System Hardware
Socket AM2AMD Athlon 64 FX-62 (Windsor 90 nm, 2.80 GHz, 2x 1 MB L2 Cache)
RAM2x 1024 MB DDR2-800 (CL 4.0-4-4-8)Corsair CM2X1024-6400C4 XMS6404v1.1
Graphics CardMSI RX1900XTXVT2D512EGPU : ATI X1900XTX (650 MHz)RAM : 512 MB GDDR3 (1550 MHz)
Hard Drive I (read)1x 150 GB 10.000 rpm, 8 MB cache, SATAIIWestern Digital WD1500ADFD
Hard Drive II (write)1x 150 GB 10.000 rpm, 8 MB cache, SATAIIWestern Digital WD1500ADFD
DVD-ROMGigabyte GO-D1600C (16x)
Software
ATI GraphicCatalyst 6.8
ATI ChipsetCatalyst 6.8
Nvidia nForce 500 SeriesForceware 9.35
DirectXVersion : 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
OSWindows XP, Build 2600 SP2

Nothing too fancy here, but it is no slouch either : an Athlon 64 FX-62 CPU and 2 GB of DDR2-800 RAM with a CAS latency of 4. Not too shabby, indeed.

What are our expectations ? Well, frankly we’d be surprised if any board pulls ahead at any particular task. With the memory controller on the Athlon 64 die, performance shouldn’t deviate that much at all. The only real wildcard in the suite is the single Radeon Xpress 3200 chipset, and we’ll be surprised if any leads by any particular board falls outside the margin of error.

Benchmarks And Software

Benchmarks and Settings
3D-Games
F.E.A.RVersion : 1.0 RetailVideo Mode : 1024x768Computer : HighGraphics Card : mediumOptions/Performance/Test settings
Quake 4Version : 1.2 (Dual-Core Patch)Video Mode : 1024x768Video Quality : defaultTHG Timedemo waste.maptimedemo demo8.demo 1 (1 = load textures)
Video
TMPEG 3.0 ExpressVersion : 3.0.4.24 (no Audio)182 MB VOB MPEG2-source (704x576) 16:9
DivX 6.25Version : 6.25 (4 Logical CPUs)Certification Profile : High Definition ProfileMultipass, 3000 kb/sEncoding mode : Insane Quality
XviD 1.2.0Version : 1.2.0 SMP BetaEncoding type : Twopass - Single passProfile @ Level : DXN HT PALTarget size (kB) : 570000
Audio
Lame MP3Version 3.97 Beta 2 (11-29-2005)Audio CD "Terminator II SE", 74 minwave to mp3160 kbps
OGGVersion 1.1.2 (Intel P4 MOD)Version 1.1.2 (Intel AMD MOD)Audio CD "Terminator II SE", 74 minwave to oggQuality : 5
Applications
WinrarVersion 3.60 BETA 4 (Dual-Core)(303 MB, 47 Files, 2 Folders)Compression = BestDictionary = 4096 kB
Autodesk 3D Studio MaxVersion : 8.0Characters "Dragon_Charater_rig"rendering HTDV 1920x1080
Adobe Photoshop CS 2Version : 9.0.1VT-Runtime ScriptRendering from 5 Pictures (66 MB, 7 Filters)
Synthetic
PCMark05 ProVersion : 1.1.0CPU and Memory TestsWindows Media Player 10.00.00.3646Windows Media Encoder 9.00.00.2980
SiSoftware Sandra 2007Version 2007.5.10.98CPU Test = CPU Arithmetic / MultiMediaMemory Test = Bandwidth BenchmarkMemory Latency Test = ns
Other
Windows Media Player 10Version : 10.00.00.36.46