Hardware and Software Used
Now we begin the benchmark portion of this article, but first let me show you our test system plus the software we used.
ECS G31T-MJetway 966PDAG-PB
NVIDIA NFORCE 590 SLI Intel Edition mainboard (reference)
NVIDIA NFORCE 590 SLI AMD edition mainboard (Foxconn C51XEM2AA-8EKRS2H)
NVIDIA NFORCE 680i LT SLI Intel eVGA mainboard
AMD64 Athlon FX-62
Core 2 Duo E6600 clocked at 2.4 GHz
GeForce 7950 GX2 1024MB (SLi)
2048 MB (2x1024MB) DDR2 CAS5 1142 MHz Dominator Corsair
Power Supply Unit
Enermax Galaxy 1000W
2x Dell 2405FPW - up-to 1920x1200
OS related Software
Windows XP Professional SP2
DirectX 9.0c End User Runtime April 2007 update
NVIDIA ForceWare 91.33
NVIDIA nForce 680 platform driver 9.37
Software benchmark suite
Ghost Recon: AW
Serious Sam 2
We'll have a look at generic performance first, then graphics performance.
Our goal today is to have a look and see if this mainboard can perform just as well as the expensive 590i/680i mainboards from NVIDIA. Not 100% fair for sure as these boards overclock much better and have way more features. But isn't it interesting to learn how a mainboard that is three times cheaper is performing?
First a couple of synthetic benchmarks followed by games. We'll take a few older games that show off CPU limitation, and secondly we'll take a look at a couple of modern games.