DFI Infinity 865PE Motherboard Review
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By: Jeff Bouton
November 6th, 2003


 
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DFI Infinity Intel 865PE Motherboard
SIS 655FX Reference Motherboard

eVGA GeForce4 Ti4600 128MB

Pentium 4-C 2.4GHz

512MB Kingston HyperX PC3500 DDR-RAM

Western Digital 30GB ATA-100 7200RPM Hard Drive

Creative 52X C-DROM

Windows XP Pro SP-1

DirectX 9.0b

Detonator 45.23

SiS Reference Drivers

Intel Chipset Drivers

 

SiSoft Sandra MAX3!

To get things started, we loaded SiSoft Sandra MAX3! and ran several of the more common modules, such as the CPU, Multimedia, and Memory tests.  First we ran each test at the default 2.4GHz processor speed and then when we overclocked the system to 3.21GHz.
 

CPU @ 2.4GHz.
Multimedia @ 2.4GHz.
Memory @ 800MHz. Bus

 

CPU @ 3.21GHz.
Multimedia @ 3.21GHz.
Memory @ 1072MHz. Bus

 

 

When it comes to overclocking, the combination of the DFI 865PE Infinity and the Pentium 4 2.4GHz processor makes quite a combination.  The results speak for themselves.  We brought the CPU up an additional 810MHz while increasing the bus speed 72MHz.  This helped push the test bed to the top of the scales in each test, with the most obvious jump being with the Memory scores. 
 

 

FutureMark's PCMark 2002
FutureMark's Finest

One of the more popular all-in-one utilities for gauging a system's performance is PCMark2002Pro.  This application performs a total of 62 tests to stress and benchmark a system.  When the tests are complete, a score is given for the three major components of the system; CPU, Memory and Hard Drive.

Both the CPU and Memory performance was right on par with the impressive SiS655FX reference board, with each board running very close to the same with a slight edge going to the SiS655FX board.

When it comes to data transfer, the advantage lies with the SiS655FX and its muTIOL I/O technology.  With the CPU and Memory performance so similar, we wonder if the Hard Drive differences will be enough to affect any of the benchmarks.

 
FutureMark's 3DMark03 & 3DMark 2001SE
FutureMark's Finest

Another couple of tests we like to run with motherboard reviews are 3DMark2001SE and 3DMark03.  While 3DMark03 has found itself in the middle of the never ending driver optimization issues revolving around NVIDIA based cards, with motherboard reviews the tests are useful since the same video card is used throughout.  And to take any further doubts out of the picture, we focused on running the CPU 1 test to isolate performance testing to the main board and processor.

 

As with the PCMark2002Pro tests, the scores with 3DMark2001SE were very close, with the DFI board taking a 178 point lead over the SiS655FX reference system.  When we look at 3DMark03's CPU Test 1, the trend continued with the DFI system holding a 5 point lead over the SiS655FX reference board.
 

The Winstones and Final Words