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ECS GF8200A Review

ajmatson    -   August 19, 2008
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To test how well the ECS GF8200A stands up, I will be running it through a series of benchmarks, both scientific and video based, to push it to the breaking point. This will give us a good idea of how well the board will perform under everyday stress, and show failures, if any. To gauge overall performance, I will be comparing it against other boards using the same chipset, and the newer GeForce 8300 chipset. To keep any outside variables from interfering with the scores, all components will be run at their stock timings, settings, speeds, and voltages. All comparison boards will also be run with the same exact hardware and settings as the ECS GF8200A for better comparison numbers with no differences to cause anomalies in the scores.



Comparison Motherboard:



Overclocked settings:

On this ECS board, I did not get very far with my attempts at overclocking. I attribute this to the board only having a 4-pin CPU power connector and a four phase voltage regulator setup. I could not get enough clean power through the board to sustain a stable overclock. I did get the ECS GF8200A up to 2.94GHz by bumping the CPU frequency up to 210MHz from the stock 200MHz, and upping the CPU multiplier to 14x. However, to do this, I had to push the CPU voltage up to 1.55v, which is, in my opinion, the highest I would ever like to see the vCore of a CPU. With everything stable at 2.94GHz, that's where the overclocking benchmarks will be run.





  • Scientific & Data:
  1. Apophysis
  2. WinRAR
  3. SPECviewperf 10
  4. PCMark Vantage Professional
  5. SiSoft Sandra XII
  6. ScienceMark 2.02 Final
  7. CineBench 10
  8. HD Tune 2.55
  • Video:
  1. Crysis
  2. Knights of the Sea
  3. BioShock
  4. Call of Duty 4
  5. World in Conflict
  6. Call of Juarez
  7. Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts
  8. 3DMark 06 Professional

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Motherboard)
  3. Closer Look (The BIOS)
  4. Closer Look (The BIOS continued)
  5. Closer Look (Drivers & Programs)
  6. Specifications & Features
  7. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  8. Testing: Apophysis, WinRAR
  9. Testing: SPECviewperf 10, PCMark Vantage
  10. Testing: Sandra XII Professional
  11. Testing: ScienceMark, CineBench 10, HD Tune
  12. Testing: Crysis
  13. Testing: Knights of the Sea
  14. Testing: BioShock
  15. Testing: Call of Duty 4
  16. Testing: World in Conflict
  17. Testing: Call of Juarez
  18. Testing: Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts
  19. Testing: 3DMark06 Professional
  20. Conclusion
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