Testing consisted of running through a handful of benchmarks, plus a bit of game play for good measure. The system as described in the installation portion was run through the tests listed below in three modes: default speed with just one video card, default speed in SLI mode, and then overclocked in SLI mode. The default speeds had the system at 800 MHz FSB speed and 667 MHz memory speed. Overclocked conditions were at a meager 840 MHz FSB speed, and for most tests the memory speed was left at 667 MHz, but for memory specific tests it was upped to 700 MHz.
For comparison purposes, another ECS brand socket 775 motherboard was run through the exact same tests at default speed. The ECS RC410L/800-M ATI based mATX motherboard was loaded up with all the same hardware, except that instead of a RAID array for the operating system drives, this system had one 500GB Hitachi drive. The ECS RC410L/800-M is another budget conscience board, with a retail price around $65 (just a few less than the C19A SLI). The feature set of this ATI based board seems to suffer a bit, as it doesn't offer things such as dual channel memory or SATA 3 Gbps. But, we'll see how it matches up overall.
» Everest Memory Benchmark
» SiSoft Sandra 2005 Memory Benchmark
» SiSoft Sandra 2005 CPU Arithmetic Benchmark
» SiSoft Sandra 2005 CPU Multimedia Benchmark
» Super Pi
» PC Wizard 2006 Global Performance Benchmark
» HD Tach
» Real World 3D Gaming
Everest Memory Benchmark:
First up we will cover the Read/Write results of the Everest 2.20 Memory Benchmark (higher is better). As you can see below, the C19-A SLI puts up some solid numbers, and the dual channel controller helps it exceed the RC410L/800-M's results with ease.
SiSoft Sandra 2005 Memory Benchmark:
SiSoft Sandra also offers a memory benchmark, that also provides results in terms of MB/s (higher is better). As with the Everest benchmark, the C19-A SLI does a bit better, and overclocking only makes things even more impressive.