DFI LanParty UT NF3 250GB - Adobe After Effects, POV-Ray
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Here are our test system specifications: • Processor: AMD Athlon 64 3200+ • Motherboards: Albatron K8X800 Pro II / Soyo CK8 Dragon / Chaintech ZNF3-250 / AOpen AK86-L / DFI LanpartyUT nF3 250Gb • RAM: Kingston Hyper X 3000 2x512MB • Storage: 2x80GB Hitachi 7k250 HD's in 64k stripe RAID 0 (nVidia onboard Controller) • Video Card: Radeon 8500 LE
We tested the motherboard using the following software packages: • Adobe After Effects • POV-Ray • STARS CDF Solver • Super Pi • SPECViewPerf 7.1.1 • 3DMark 2001 SE • Comanche4 • Unreal Tournament 2003 • WinRAR • LAME MP3 Encoding
Adobe After Effects
There are two parts to this benchmark. The first computation is mainly CPU based, while the second is more system oriented. For more information, please go to Media Motion. As can be seen, the P4 system is still the one to be using for multi-threaded media applications like After Effects. The DFI falls behind on the first test, and matches the other A64 solutions for the second. As for why it falls behind by a handful of seconds in the first test, I can't explain it. As you'll see later, the board has no other issues with computationally intensive applications.
The CK8 came out victorious in this test. POV-Ray is a raytracing program, used for creating 3 dimensional images, such as this one:
Rendering takes a lot of processing power as well as memory throughput since the files can be quite large, depending on the options and sizes chosen. For this test, I used POV-Ray v3.5 and the included benchmark test v1.02. All boards performed similarly; however, the Soyo's victory here can be traced back to its "factory overclocking." The DFI, Chaintech, AOpen, and Albatron boards by comparison, run very close to the specified speeds.
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