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Reviewed by: Norman Tan [08.01.05]
Manufactured by: Tyan


Memory Bandwidth

As usual, we start off with SiSoft Sandra's memory bandwidth test. Note that the scores do not vary much across the two motherboards due to the Opterons on-die memory controller.

PCMark 2004 Professional

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 it's still useful to get an idea of how the systems stack up. The only things that could be different are the individual memory scores and the overall system scores so they have been included here. Here we see the K8WE taking a small lead over the DK8N.


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:

The test is more of a CPU test so we expect the results here to be pretty similar.

SPECviewperf 8.1

SPECviewperf is a collection of application traces that were collected from various industry programs and combined to provide users with an overall picture of expected real world performance.

3dsMax Viewset
CATIA Viewset
EnSight Viewset
Lightscape Viewset
Maya Viewset
Pro/ENGINEER Viewset
SolidWorks Viewset
Unigraphics Viewset

Higher is better

3dsmax-03 Weighted Geometric Mean =   14.07
Catia-01 Weighted Geometric Mean =   10.73
ensight-01 Weighted Geometric Mean =   9.388
light-07 Weighted Geometric Mean =   7.909
maya-01 Weighted Geometric Mean =   17.73
proe-03 Weighted Geometric Mean =   15.28
sw-01 Weighted Geometric Mean =   13.41
ugs-04 Weighted Geometric Mean =   6.040


3dsmax-03 Weighted Geometric Mean =   15.02
catia-01 Weighted Geometric Mean =   10.45
ensight-01 Weighted Geometric Mean =   8.213
light-07 Weighted Geometric Mean =   8.624
maya-01 Weighted Geometric Mean =   16.88
proe-03 Weighted Geometric Mean =   13.07
sw-01 Weighted Geometric Mean =   12.67
ugs-04 Weighted Geometric Mean =   5.997

The K8WE enjoys a small lead over the DK8N in most of the tests which goes to show how mature the DK8N was when it was released.

POV-Ray 3.7 Beta

The newest beta os POV-ray added support for multiple processors so we fired it up to see how the two systems compared. The built-in test suite was used and render times recorded. Lower in better in this case.

As the system is CPU intensive, we do not see much variance in the results.

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