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Reviewed by: Carl Nelson [03.14.05]
Manufactured by: Gigabyte

MSRP: $83

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PCMark 2004

PCMark 2004 takes various components of what we would do in day-to-day computing, and turns out a neat, comparable score. In the "System" suite, these are the tests that take place:

File compression
File decompression
File encryption
File decryption
Virus scanning
Grammar check
Audio conversion
Image processing
Web page rendering
WMV video compression
DivX video compression
Physics calculation and 3D

Many of these tests are 'pure CPU' tests, but one would expect the increase bus rate to increase performance a bit more than clock speed.

We also included the Memory test, and the 'pure CPU' test:

Again, the scores are very close; within 100 points of each other. This has to be called a three-way tie.

CineBench 2003

Cinebench is a software-based multi-threaded rendering benchmark. It is based on a real world platform; Maxon's CINEMA 4D R8 software, so while it is a synthetic benchmark, it should give an idea of how a system would perform in Maxon's rendering software:

This time we're seeing a clear pattern; the NF4 Ultra is cleary faster in this test, although by a very small margin.

Audio Encoding

Although Audio Encoding is almost entirely CPU-based, we're curious to see if different chipsets offer better performance. As usual, we used dbPowerAmp along with the three major codecs on a 45 minute track. 192 kbps CBR was the bitrate used on each codec.

Another three-way tie, although the NF4 does a bit better in OGG encoding (if you think taking nearly 4 minutes to encode a 45 minute CD can be considered good in any way).

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