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Chaintech ZNF3-150 ZENITH Motherboard Review


Benchmark: Audio Sound Test

Testing of the integrated sound/Chaintech Multimedia Card is probably the hardest thing to test. Everyone hears things differently, and what may sound crystal clear to me, may sound fuzzy to someone else (in which case, you probably need to go get a hearing aid :p).

I noticed no difference in the sound quality when going from my Creative SBLive Platinum 5.1 sound card, and the Chaintech Multimedia sound. To try and give the sound systems a fair test, I listened to a wide variety of music (Classic Rock to Metal and regrettably even some rap). I also too the liberty of testing out the sound from the UT2K4 demo, UT2K3, and CoD. As with the music listening test, the gaming test was awesome.

The final testing of the sound system was to determine if the CMC degraded the system performance any. To see how much (if at all) the CMC degraded performance, we benchmarked the system using UT2K4 and UT2K3, with no sound and by using the CMC. If the CMC is going to degraded the system performance any, we would see a noticeable drop in the FPS. To ensure that any drop was indeed caused by the CMC, and not just a hick up in the game, the test were run 5 times, and averaged out. There results are below.

Sound System Test
No Sound
Unreal Tournament 2003 - 2225
Unreal Tournament 2004 - Demo
Higher is better. - Results are reported in fps.

As you can see, the CMC had very little impact on the games. While a 7.25 fps drop may make some people cringe, it's nothing most people would notice.

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