ECS GF9300T-A ReviewRA1D - November 16, 2008
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Apophysis is an open source, fractal flame editor and renderer for Windows. Fractal flames are a member of the iterated function system class of fractals created by Scot Draves. A fractal is a rough or fragmented geometric shape that can be split into partts, each of which is a smaller copy of the whole. Natural objects that approximate fractals to a degree include lightning bolts and snow flakes. Draves' open source code was later ported into Adobe After Effects graphics software and eventually translated into Apophysis. The results display how many minutes it took to render a fractal flame; therefore, lower numbers reveal better results.
- Resolution: 2750x2048
- Quality: 500
- Limit Memory Use: 512MB
WinRAR is a shareware file archiver and data compression utility. It is one of the few applications that is able to create RAR archives natively, as the encoding method is held to be proprietary. This program provides complete support for RAR and ZIP archives with the ability to create self-extracting and multi-volume archives. Here, I compressed three files of different sizes and recorded the time it took to compled the task. The results provided were measured in seconds so lower numbers demonstrate preferable outcomes.
The X48 board finished two minutes faster than the GF9300T-A and P45 boards during Apophysis testing. The GF9300T-A kept pace with the comparison boards with the exception of the 100MB and 500MB RAR files. During these two benchmarks, the ECS board finished quite a bit slower.