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XFX 680i LT SLI Motherboard

ccokeman    -   May 31, 2007


Testing:

I will be running the XFX 680i LT SLI through a series of benchmarks to compare the performance of the board and 680i LT chipset, to the Abit IN932x-Max  one of the many other 680i variants on the market today. The XFX board is an Nvidia reference design, while the comparison board is not. I will be using both system and video benchmarks to make this comparison in performance. All clock speeds and memory timings will be the same on both of the boards to eliminate any variances. All video card settings were left at set-up defaults, again eliminating any variances.


Testing Setup:
  • CPU stock: Intel E6700 Core 2 Duo 266x10
  • CPU overclocked:  Intel E6700 Core 2 Duo  400x9
  • Motherboard: XFX 680i LT SLI
  • Memory: 2 x 1GB Mushkin XP9200 400FSB 5-4-4-12
  • Video Card(s): Evga 8800 GTS 640MB
  • Power Supply: Thermaltake Toughpower Cable management 1000w
  • Hard Drive: 2 x 74GB WD Raptors in raid 0, 2 x WD 250GB 16MB cache SATA
  • Opticals:   BenQ DW-1655 Lightscribe DVD-R, Sony DVD-ROM
  • O/S: Windows XP Service pack 2

Comparison System:

  • CPU: Intel E6700 Core 2 Duo 266x10
  • Motherboard #2: Abit IN9 32X-Max
  • Memory: 2 x 1GB Mushkin XP9200 400FSB 5-4-4-12
  • Video Card(s): Evga 8800 GTS 640MB
  • Power Supply: OCZ GameXStream 700 watt
  • Hard Drive: 2 x 74GB WD Raptors in raid 0,  2 x WD 250GB 16MB cache SATA
  • Opticals: BenQ DW-1655 Lightscribe DVD-R, Sony DVD-ROM, Plextor 755a
  • O/S : Windows XP Service pack 2


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

Lets get started with Apophysis. This program is used primarily to render and generate fractal flame images. We will run this benchmark with the following settings.

  • Resolution: 2750x2048
  • Quality: 500
  • Limit Memory use to : 512MB

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


Lower is Better


WinRAR is a tool to archive and compress large files to a manageable size. We will use 10MB,100MB and 500MB files and test the time needed to compress these files. Time will be measured in seconds








  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (Bundled Accessories)
  3. Closer Look (Motherboard)
  4. Installation
  5. Closer Look (BIOS)
  6. Specifications & Features
  7. Testing: Setup, Apophysis, WinRar
  8. Testing: Specview
  9. Testing: PcMark05 Professional
  10. Testing: Sandra XI Professional
  11. Testing: Sciencemark,Cinebench,HDTach
  12. Testing: FarCry
  13. Testing: F.E.A.R.
  14. Testing: Microsoft FSX
  15. Testing: Call of Duty 2
  16. Testing: Quake 4
  17. Testing: Need For Speed (Most Wanted)
  18. Conclusion
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