Soyo CK8 Dragon Plus Review - STARS CFD Solver, SuperPi, and SPECViewPerf
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STARS CFD Solver
So far, the Soyo CK8 is the fastest board I have run through this benchmark. This test, provided by the University of Oklahoma State's CASE Lab, is an excellent tool representing common computational fluid dynamic simulators. It's also an example of pure floating point math abilities. It's quite similar to the CFD programs used here at Queen's for testing different aero designs for the Solar Vehicle. The CK8 seems to not have any issues with straight mathematical tests.
Another victory for the nForce3 150 based system. This is a test to see which setup can calculate 1 million digits of pi the quickest. Thanks to the "factory overclocking", the Soyo has a 2 second lead on the VIA based Albatron board, and 3 seconds on my P4. Another calculation/math test, where this board shines.
In each one of these tests, the Soyo board fell consistently behind the Albatron. Why? This could be an AGP driver problem, or a limitation of the bandwidth between the processor and the nForce3 bridge. Nothing else seems to point to a good reason for why this motherboard fell consistently behind.
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