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ECS G33T-M2 MicroATX Motherboard

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For the ECS G33T-M2 motherboard, we'll be testing it with a series of rigorous benchmarks that will test every aspect of the motherboard. We will be comparing this motherboard to its AMD counterpart - the ECS AMD690GM-M2. Since the G33T-M2 has onboard graphics, we're going to be doing all of our game benchmarks with resolutions at 800x600, 1024x768, and 1280x1024.


Testing Setup:

  • Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Processor
  • ECS G33T-M2 Motherboard
  • 1GB Mushkin XP2-6400 DDR2 800 Memory
  • Cooler Master 750watt Power Supply
  • Western Digital 160GB SATA 3.0GB/s Hard Drive
  • Enermax Uber Chakra ATX Full Tower Case
  • Windows XP Professional SP2
  • DirectX 9.0c
  • MAG Innovision 800V Monitor

Comparison System:

  • AMD 64 6000+ AM2 CPU
  • ECS AMD690GM-M2 (ATI Onboard Graphics)
  • 1GB Mushkin HP5300
  • Apevia 450W PSU
  • Maxtor Diamond Max 9 100 GB SATA Hard Drive
  • Apevia X-Qpak2 Case
  • Windows XP Pro SP2
  • DirectX 9.0c
  • BenQ FP222WH Monitor



The system tests we will be using are listed below:

  • Apophysis 2.2
  • PcMark 05 Professional
  • Sisoft Sandra XI
  • Sciencemark
  • Cinebench 9.5
  • HD Tach 3.1
  • SpecViewperf 9.0
  • WinRAR


We will start with Apophysis, which renders images. We will be using these settings for the test:

  • Resolution: 2048 x 1200
  • Quality: 500
  • Limit Memory use: 256MB

The measurement used is time to render, in minutes, to complete.


Lower is Better


WinRAR compresses large files into smaller, more manageable sizes. Time is measured in seconds and we'll be timing how long it takes for a 10MB, 100MB, and 500MB file to be compressed. Lower is better in these WinRAR tets.





The WinRAR results really depend on the hard drive you use. In both systems, we used SATA 3.0GB/s hard drives so it wasn't suprising when they achieved similar times. Since Apophysis is an image rendering program, it's really going to stress the onboard graphics for both motherboards. Looks like the ECS G33T-M2 pulls out by a slight margin.


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