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Reviewed by: Carl Nelson [02.27.08]
Manufactured by: Universal Abit


Ethernet Performance

Now we are starting to get into what can set a motherboard apart from the pack; onboard peripherals. Even though many motherboards use identical chipsets, it's the rest of the components that really make them different. And in many cases, even though the same features are found in competing motherboards, utilizations of those features can vary.

This is more often than not the case with Ethernet performance on a motherboard. For instance, we already showed you that the IP35 Pro features two Gigabit Ethernet adapters. However, they are based on the Realtek RTL8110SC(L) controller, which is PCI based... Well, let's take a look at performance now, using NTtcp. The host system is an Nvidia Nforce 590 SLI board, which has a very fast Ethernet controller:

As you can see, the IP35 Pro's ethernet performance falls well short of a proper PCI-E based ethernet solution. Because the board is using all of the PCI-E lanes that the P35 Express chipset is providing, Abit was required to use PCI based ethernet controllers. Of course, since the throughput is lower, the CPU is working less to move less data.

USB & FireWire Performance

Benchmarking USB 2.0 and FireWire performance is important if only to see if there is something wrong with the implementation of these features. In reality, performance should almost always bee identical. We test these busses using HDTach's Burst Transfer test on an external SATA hard drive.

The IP35 Pro performs exactly as expected.

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