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Reviewed by: Bob Tait  08.31.06
manufactured by: ECS



With ECS labeling this board as Viiv compliant I would expect some numbers on the media side of things to set it apart from the reference intel 945G board we tested.

This is what the test system looked like:

CPU: Intel Pentium D, 3.0 Ghz (Dual Core)
Memory: 2 x 512MB, crucial rendition DDR2-533
Video Card: Gigabyte GV-RX80256D, X800
Hard Drive: IBM Deskstar 80GB, 7200 RPM IDE
Power Supply: SilverStone Strider 560W model ST56F
OS: Windows XP Professional 32 bit SP2

RightMark 3DSound CPU Utilization Test

It's worth noting that our reference board did not even support DirectSound 3D and EAX.  It's plain to see that the ECS performed much better then our reference board in every way.

SiSoft Sandra Memory Bandwidth

Transfer rates were slightly higher on the ECS board

WorldBench 5

WorldBench is a collection of applications that are designed to test a PC under real world conditions, the tests that I selected were:

  • Adobe Photoshop  - Tests photo editing
  • Discreet 3ds max 5.1 Direct X  - Tests 3d renering anfd modeling
  • Discreet 3ds max 5.1 Open GL
  • MS Office XP w SP2  - Runs all office applications simultaneously
  • Microsoft media encoder 9.0  - Encodes video and audio from a raw source
  • Mozilla 1.4  - web browsing
  • Multitasking with mozilla and media encoder - Web browsing while encoding video and audio 
  • Musicmatch Jukebox 7.10 - Music management
  • Roxio videowave movie creator 1.5  - video editing
  • Winzip 8.1  - compaction and extraction of file compilations

Each of these tests is carried out in exactly the same way under the same conditions and timed.  the following is the number of seconds it took to carry out the specific tasks for each application.

In every single test the ECS board out performed the reference board, the largest margins can be seen in mozilla, jukebox and photshop coming in at over 20 seconds better in each case.  Presumably a media PC would be running applications such as these on a regular basis and the increase in speed certainly is evident in the tests we performed.

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