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Reviewed by: Carl Nelson [07.18.05]
Manufactured by: ECS


PCMark 2005 Professional

Futuremark released a new version of PCMark just in time for this review. All of the tests have been updated, and an emphasis is now put on multithreaded performance. For full details, check out the Whitepaper.

The System Test consists of the following tests:

  • HDD - XP startup
  • Physics and 3D
  • 2D - Transparent windows
  • 3D - Pixel Shader
  • Web page rendering
  • File Decryption
  • 2D - Graphics memory - 64 lines
  • HDD - General usage
  • Multithreaded test 1: Video encoding & Audio Compression
    This test runs the Video encoding and Audio Compression tests at the same time multithreaded.
  • Multithreaded test 2: Text Edit & Image Decompression
    This test runs the Text Edit and Image decompression tests at the same time multithreaded.
  • Multithreaded test 3: File Encryption & HDD - Virus scan & Memory - Latency 16MB & File compression

And to give an extra memory bandwidth result, we always include PCMark's Memory Test in our motherboard reviews.

This time, the KN1 falls a bit behind in the System tests. It should be interesting to see if this trend continues.

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.

CineBench is primarily a CPU based task, but even so, the NF4 boards both pull ahead of the VIA board.

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