Let’s see who accompanies the Sapphire PC-I7RD400 through gruelling benchmarks and torture tests… …
|Motherboard||Sapphire PC-I7RD400||Gigabyte GA-8I945GMH-RH||Gigabyte GA-G1975X|
|Chipset Driver||ATi XPRESS Catalyst 6.2||Intel 126.96.36.1996|
|CPU||Intel Pentium 4 Prescott 670 @ 3.6Ghz (200X18) 2MB L2 Cache|
|RAM||Cosair 3500LL PRO 2GB DDR400 188.8.131.52||Cosair 5400UL DDR2 1GB DDR533 184.108.40.206|
|Graphics Accelerator 1||Powercolor X1900XTX 512MB Crossfire Ready|
|Graphics Accelerator 2||Powercolor X1900XTX 512MB Crossfire Edition|
|Graphics Driver||ATi Catalyst 6.2|
|HDD||Maxtor DiamondMax9 7200RPM 2MB Cache|
|Power Supply Unit 1||Antec TruePower 550W (powers system)|
|Power Supply Unit 2||Topower 500W (powers graphics accelerators)|
… …nothing but the best! =D
Since the RS480 chipset for Intel is in a class of its own, there is no direct competition from other chipset manufacturers. We compared it against higher specification motherboards with newer, supposedly faster chipsets from Intel, with the 945 based Gigabyte GA-8I945GMH-RH representing the single PCIe x16 camp and the Gigabyte GA-G1975X being the “cream of the crop” Crossfire motherboard. We do not expect the Sapphire PC-I7RD400 to top any benchmarks we would be throwing at it, but I guess there will be surprises when you read the “Conclusion” page.
Not for the faint hearted: Hardware Orgy!